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Houston Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt appears at a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Watt said he’s knows concussions are part of the risk of playing football. (AP Photo/John Carucci)

JJ Watt wants to turn Thursday's preseason game into a fundraiser for Harvey victims


Updated August 28, 2017 04:22 PM EDT

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced Monday that he's raised $500,000 in less than 24 hours for those affected by Harvey.

Now Watt has upped his fundraising goal to $1 million and wants to turn Thursday's preseason game between the Texans and the Dallas Cowboys into a fundraiser to benefit Houston residents dealing with catastrophic flooding. That is, if it's even played.

"If there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser, some sort of way to benefit the people back home," Watt told ESPN. "Because like I said, this is a much bigger issue than just a football game."

In addition to Watt's fundraising, Texans' owner Bob McNair has pledged to donate $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief. The NFL Foundation said it will match that donation.

The New England Patriots and the team's CEO Robert Kraft also pledged to match up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced Sunday on Twitter that he has set up a fundraiser to help victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"It's extremely difficult to have to watch the events of Hurricane Harvey unfold on TV and not be able to get back to Houston to help with the recovery efforts," Watt said in a video message. "I've set up a fundraiser so that we can raise as much money as possible to help our communities and the families of our great city rebuild.

Watt launched the fundraiser on YouCaring.com with a $100,000 donation on Sunday. Within a couple of hours he raised more than $160,000.

The tropical storm is far from over. The National Weather Service Houston,TX tweeted that people can expect 10-25 inches of rain over the next five days.

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