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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)

Petition to rename highway after Texans star has more than 55,000 signature


A petition asking the Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gov. Greg Abbott to rename State Highway 99 to JJ Watt Parkway is making it's way around the internet, according to our affiliate SBG San Antonio.

The petition was started in honor of the Texans star's service to the city of Houston following Hurricane Harvey's destruction. As of Sunday afternoon, his fundraising efforts have surpassed $18 million, according to his crowdfunding website.

While working with volunteers on Sunday to put the fundraising money to good use, Watt told CNN:

"One of the most important things about today is, not a single dollar has been spent yet. All ten semi-trucks were donated. All ten trucks are filled with goods that were donated. These are all volunteers. So ,we haven't even spent a single cent yet and we're already going out and making a big impact and that's a testament to the community and the people."

Click here to view the petition.

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