Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will receive an honorary doctorate from Baylor University for his tremendous efforts to help the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the university announced on Thursday.
Watt, who was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, helped raise more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Watt will receive a Doctor of Humanities in Medicine degree during Baylor’s commencement ceremony that takes play on May 29th and also honors Houston Emergency Medical Services director Dr. David Persse.
“In the year following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the community’s incredible response, it was most fitting to honor two community leaders who contributed in major ways, Dr. Persse and J.J. Watt,” Baylor president Paul Klotman said in a statement (h/t ESPN).
“Our graduates and their families can take important lessons from these honorary degree recipients.”