National Football League (NFL) rookie Deshaun Watson recently donated his first game check to a trio of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Watson, the Houston Texans’ quarterback, on Wednesday stunned three women who work in the team’s cafeteria at NRG Stadium.
“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,” he said in a video shared by the Texans that afternoon.
Watson’s gesture made one of the women so emotional she asked for a hug, and the professional athlete quickly granted her request while smiling broadly.
“Hopefully, that’s good and that can get you back on your feet,” he said. “And anything else y’all need, I’m always here to help.”
Watson, who was selected by the Texans 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, donated about $27,000.
The football player has a base salary of $465,000, and he has since started for the Texans twice during this year’s NFL season.
Some Twitter users on Thursday praised Watson for helping some of those in need after Harvey devastated the Texas coast last month.
Harvey came ashore along the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane before ultimately dumping a record 50-plus inches of rain on Houston.
Heavy rain from Harvey lead to massive flooding across the region, leading large parts of Texas and Louisiana with significant damage.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Wednesday warned potential used car buyers that as many as 1 million automobiles were flooded during Harvey’s passage.
Texas law dictates that a seller must tell a prospective buyer about vehicle damage, and the words “Flood Damage” must be on a car’s title if that is the damage’s cause.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.