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JJ Watt dons cap and gown and revisits food faves in Houston

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The former Texans star proved he hasn't forgotten his old stomping grounds, even returning to some of his favorite restaurants.

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- Defensive end has been just as important off the field as on the field. Always in the community helping raise money for kids and sports.

- Yeah. I mean, when we look at the numbers here it's pretty incredible. He really stepped up raising more than $41 million to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Here's a look back at some of his amazing generosity in our city.

- Houston, Texas. JJ Watt.

JJ WATT: I've heard there have been disappointed people and that's fine with me. I've been doubted before. I can't wait to start working hard to make the city proud.

- He knows what an impact he can make and that's just kept him the best point.

JJ WATT: And my mom always try to give me community service work when I was a kid. And I just kind of carried over on my dad's a firefighter so he's always giving back to the community. And I just try to give back any chance I can because they've always reminded me that I didn't get to where I am on my own.

I wanted something that the fans could feel intimate with. Everybody in my camp was blown away. Fans are showing up at noon, 1:00 for a 7:00 game. It's unbelievable.

Able to fund over $5 million worth of school athletics in schools over 37 states. It's never ever could have imagined that it would got to this level when we started way back when.

- Thank you JJ Watt foundation.

JJ WATT: You all have a great day.

Started out with a goal of raising $200,000 last week. They're going to be back in their home by Christmas which is awesome. It's so sad to see this going. It's going to be really incredible. All these people are volunteers to go on dialysis. 29 years?

- Yeah.

JJ WATT: Work throughout the night to get on a boat. Too difficult to get out of the house. It's been incredible to witness all the people that we've been able to help. There you go. We're all set. Just to see how thankful they are that everybody is going to help them out. You all have a great day.

And it's incredible to see just the generosity of strangers and what it's able to do and what it's able to accomplish. A lot of players give autographs and maybe get the gloves. I like to give these wristbands because I dream big work hard or something. And we just want to give kids the opportunity kids. I mean, I grew up playing sports and sports taught me morals and values. And I want to be able to teach kids things like work ethic and all those types of things.

- My dream is to be a football player. And I think one day, I like, I'm achieve that goal.

JJ WATT: Hopefully, we can put a little bit of a smile on your face but I hope all is well. And I hope you get well very soon and hope to see you this fall.

- What do you want to tell your Texans?

- Win.

- JJ Watt.