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Texans' J.J. Watt pays respect to firefighters by buying them pizza

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is an outstanding player on the field of play but he's also a legend off the field.

You rarely ever hear anything negative out of the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but this week we heard something incredibly positive after his impressive deed.

In the week of Thanksgiving, J.J. Watt is certainly giving his thanks to the firefighters and police officers in Houston following his decision to buy them lunch on Tuesday.

J.J. Watt explained in a letter to some firefighters and police officers in Houston that the fact that his Dad and Uncle were firefighters has given him a sense of respect for the profession.

To pay his respect to the hard workers in Houston, Watt offered them a small token of his appreciation by sending across some Papa Johns pizzas.

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Full-time firefighter, Eric Lobpries, thanked J.J. Watt for his generosity with this tweet.

In the days of negative stories coming out of the NFL left, right and center, it's very refreshing to hear such a positive story, even it is obviously staged somewhat. 

Regardless, here's what Watt had to say about the firefighters and police officers of Houston that battle so hard every day to keep the city safe. 

"I just wanted to send y’all a small token of my appreciation for everything you do. My Dad and Uncle were both firefighters, so I spent a lot of time around the firehouse when I was younger and gained a great deal of respect for both firefighters and the police force along the way," FTW reported

"Y’all show up day in and day out, never knowing what the day might hold and never getting enough thanks for what you do, yet you continue to put others before yourselves and save lives because of it.

"As athletes, we often get the headlines and big crowds, but just like the men and women in our military, y’all are the ones who truly deserve the credit, appreciation and admiration. I know it’s not much, but please enjoy lunch on me today. Thank you for all that you do!"

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