NFL rookie Watson donates $27K game check to Texans stadium workers

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Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to three NRG stadium employees who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Watson surprised three women who work in the team cafeteria at the stadium on Wednesday. Watson donated about $27,000 of his base salary of $465,000.

In a video shared by the team, he told the women: "For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all. So I wanted to give my first game check to y'all to help y'all out in some type of way."

The women became emotional when he handed them an envelope with a red ribbon and one asked for a hug. He quickly obliged with a big grin.

The former Clemson star told them: "Hopefully, that's good and that can get you back on your feet. And anything else y'all need, I'm always here to help."

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The Texans organization has played a major role in hurricane relief efforts since Harvey struck the Texas gulf coast last month. Watson’s teammate, J.J. Watt, raised more than $37 million in crowdsourced donations via an online YouCaring campaign. Watt’s initial goal was $200,000.

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The NFL and several of its teams also donated millions of dollars toward hurricane relief efforts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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