HOUSTON (WCMH) — Baylor University bestowed Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt with an honorary doctorate in a ceremony in Tuesday for his charitable work.
“I’ve had a lot of big dreams in my life but not even I dreamed I’d become a doctor one day,” Watt said.
The All-Pro defensive end was conferred an honorary doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine for his efforts during Hurricane Harvey relief.
The students receiving their own PhDs and doctorates were more than thrilled to have Watt share their big day.
In a speech, Watt — who raised more than $37 million for Harvey relief after setting an initial goal of $200,000 – urged these students to use that same type of energy in their medical careers.
“What I challenge you to do is to help bring out that inherent good in everyone around you. Help be that positive light, help be that person that everybody else wants to be around, and help be that energy that takes this world into an even better place,” he said.
Watt was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year last year, and this year was on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.
2018 also marks Watt’s eighth season with the NFL.