DAVIE — Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas has a message to his fellow pro athletes: Look at what J.J. Watt is doing and follow his lead.
Watt, the Houston Texans’ star, began a drive to raise $200,000 for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Tuesday, that drive surpassed the $20 million mark.
“What J.J.’s doing, using his platform as an athlete, is amazing,” Thomas said. “If more athletes are able to do that — use their platforms that they have for the good in the community — it’d be amazing. Not just sticking to football. This is the type of stuff that can happen.”
Thomas is one of the most active Dolphins in the community, capturing the team’s 2015 Nat Moore Community Service Award for his work. He took note that Watt recently made an appearance at Houston’s Nimitz High. That’s Thomas’ alma mater.
And now that Watt has beaten his original goal 100 times over, there appears to be no stopping him.
“That’s why athletes shouldn’t just stick to sports,” Thomas said.
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