A woman tweeted that she was selling a pair of JJ Watt edition shoes and a jersey to raise money for her grandfather’s funeral.
Then Watt, the star defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, stepped in.
Jennifer Simpson, a teacher from Texas, tweeted Wednesday asking if anyone would be interested in buying the shoes.
“I have a pair of @JJWatt women’s edition of Reebok shoes size 9 $60. I’ve worn them twice. They’re great shoes, I’m only selling them because we’re raising money for my granddads funerals -fathers”, Simpson tweeted. “I also have a Watt women’s Texans XL jersey for $30. Anyone interested?”
Watt retweeted Simpson’s post the same day, telling him to keep the shoes and jersey.
“Don’t sell your shoes and jersey, we’ll help with the funeral. I’m sorry for your loss,” Watt wrote.
Watt’s tweet had racked up more than 243,700 likes by late Sunday afternoon.
In a response, Simpson said she wished she could tell Watt everything she had been through.
“I really love you man. It’s been a tough year for me, and it’s been a tough last month since death. I wish I could tell you my story,” Simpson wrote.
Simpson’s grandfather, Jerry Roderick, died suddenly on June 20, according to his aunt Tara Roderick.
Roderick told NBC’s “TODAY” show that the family had no idea the tweet would get the attention of Watt himself.
“We didn’t expect anything,” Roderick said. “We just expected that another fan might want to buy that jersey or those shoes.”
At first, the family was skeptical, but Watt then sent the funds to Simpson through PayPal.
“Then Jennifer sent me a screenshot where he had sent money through PayPal,” Roderick said. “I almost died. He said he was sorry for our loss and made his donation.
Roderick said the funeral expenses have been paid. The family works to pay the cemetery fees.
“I would love to talk to JJ myself because what he’s done has eased the burden a bit knowing we can put my dad to rest after a month,” Roderick said.