Hurricane Harvey forces cancellation of Cowboys-Texans preseason game in Arlington
UPDATE: As of August 30, the preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans has been canceled so the Texans' players and staff can return to their families in Houston.
The Dallas Cowboys game against the Houston Texans, scheduled for 7 pm Thursday, has been moved from NRG Stadium to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Texans are practicing in Frisco this week after being unable to return to Houston after Saturday night's preseason game in New Orleans.
Before the NFL's confirmation that Thursday's game will indeed go on, ESPN.com reported that J.J. Watt would like for the contest to involve fundraising to help Houston residents affected by the flooding from Harvey.
"And if there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser, some sort of way to benefit the people back home ... this is a much bigger issue than just a football game," Watt said.
Sunday, the Texans' defensive end launched his own fundraising campaign via YouCaring.com to raise money for hurricane relief efforts with a goal of $500,000. As of Tuesday morning, Watt has raised $1 million and counting, with a new goal of $1.5 million. To donate, click here. As well, the Houston Texans and the NFL have each pledged $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund.
In the video below, posted to Watt's Twitter account, the star player notes, "I'm working very hard yesterday, today, and all week to make sure this money goes directly to the people, not to administrative fees or anything like that."