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Posted: July 14, 2017

J.J. Watt, NFL player, gives free shoes to 'broke' college student

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans celebrates after the game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans celebrates after the game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

By Sari Reese, Rare.us

J.J. Watt may be in the offseason, but the Texans defensive end is staying busy.

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He also makes time to win over more fans, winning at every turn on social media.

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One day after his own line of clothes with Dallas-based Mizzen+Main dropped, he debuted his first-edition shoes with Reebok.

The latter launch wasn’t lost on one young college student. In a tweet to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, @gavin_winters wrote, “(I) wish I wasn’t a broke college kid or else I would definitely be getting me some,” in reference to Watt’s new shoe line. “Probably wouldn't fall apart like NIKE’s.”

The Texans standout, tagged in the tweet, promptly responded in vintage J.J. Watt style. 

“We’ve all been there,” he wrote. “Even on scholarship I was on the Ramen diet a time or two. I got you Gavin, DM me your address.”

And just like that, Winters was blessed with a new pair of the $99 shoes.

According to CBS Sports, the shoe is “inspired by the veteran’s no-nonsense attitude on the field and in the gym.” Its signature training features, like Liquidfoam cushioning and Leno weave ventilation, “represent the work that went into Watt’s journey back to the gridiron.”

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With these moves, Watt doesn’t have to work hard at winning old fans and new ones alike with his generous spirit.


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