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Texans’ Rookie Quarterback Gives First Paycheck to Cafeteria Workers

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Sep 29
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Rookie quarterback of the Houston Texans Deshaun Watson did something very selfless with his first NFL paycheck: he gave the money to the women who work at the team’s cafeteria.

According to, Watson’s first paycheck was worth over $27,000. He wanted to give it to the women who work in the team’s cafeteria to show his appreciation for all they do and also to help them financially because they had been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Watson, who is only 22, has himself been a recipient of the help of others, so perhaps he also wanted to pay it forward. According to, Watson’s family had received a house built by Habitat for Humanity when he was younger.

"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," Watson told the woman in a video shared by the Texans. "Here you guys go."

The women became emotional and expressed their gratefulness to Watson. The three women and Watson shared hugs.

Texans’ coach Bill O’Brien also spoke of his thankfulness for how the cafeteria workers serve the team. The coach also praised Watson’s character and kind heart.

"A lot of the people who work so hard for us behind the scenes, especially the people in the cafeteria, I mean, they're here at 4:30 in the morning," said coach Bill O'Brien. "And some of those people in Harvey, they lost everything. A number of our players donated money to help them, and he gave his game check, which is incredible. That's the type of guy he is. He's a first-class guy."


Photo courtesy: Facebook/Deshaun Watson

Publication date: September 29, 2017