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J.J. Watt’s Harvey fundraising pushes past $20 million

J.J. Watt’s rush to continue raising money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the historical flooding in and around Houston that followed the Aug. 25-30 storm broke the $20 million mark, as his on-line crowdfunding site pushed past that on-line threshold at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, according to USA Today.

Watt pledged $100,000 to the Red Cross fund when he started it with the goal of raising $200,000.

He said Sunday, -- after donations of $1 million from Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, $1 million from Walmart, $200,000 from hip-hop artist Drake and $50,000 from NBA star Chris Paul, “It’s such a testament to the people out there,’’ Watt, an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans, said Sunday when the total raised was at $17 million. “It’s such a testament to how much good there is in the world.’’

Many NFL owners and players have pledged money to Harvey victims, including Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who has committed $1 million.

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