The story began with a teacher and Houston Texans fan, Jennifer Simpson tweeting that she wanted to sell her prized possessions — a J.J. Watt women’s jersey and a pair of Reebok J.J. Watt women’s edition shoes to pay for her grandpa’s funeral service.
J.J Watt, a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals spotted Simpson’s tweet and sent her a direct message telling her not to sell them because he would pay for the funeral service.
Simpson reacted to the message by saying she is “overwhelmed by the love and support of people who don’t even know my grandpa’s story.”
Soon, the wife of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, tweeted to her saying she and her husband wanted to donate for her grandfather’s funeral. Comedian and TV host Loni Love also said she wanted to pay some money for it.
Don’t sell your shoes and jersey, we’ll help with the funeral.
I’m sorry for your loss.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 21, 2022
Others also jumped on the bandwagon messaging Simpson who describes herself as a Christ follower, that they wanted to send her money and not to sell her jersey and shoes.
I posted last night trying to sell valuable items to raise money. I woke up overwhelmed by the love and support of people who don’t even know my grandpas story. My family is so grateful for you all!
— Jennifer Simpson (@JSimpson2014) July 21, 2022
What a great story of selfless people joining hands to help a woman in need. Let us continue to pray for the family as they mourn the loss of their beloved grandfather.