Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt is one of the NFL’s biggest stars. One of only two three-time Defensive Player of the Year winners in history, Watt has missed the entire 2016 season with a back injury. Still, one of the most popular athletes in America is making news – off the field. What he just did sets an example for all of us to follow.
Noah Fulmer, age eight, was with his family on Matagorda Beach in Texas, celebrating New Year’s Eve. The Department of Public Safety says a driver in a pickup truck hit two vehicles parked there, and then one of the vehicles hit Noah. The boy suffered serious injuries.
Noah suffered two broken legs and a mangled foot in the accident. The good news is that after two successful surgeries, his doctors expect a full recovery. The bad news was that the paramedics were forced to cut off his No. 99 Watt jersey.
Cory Fulmer, Noah’s father, said, “He didn’t want that jersey to be cut. He was screaming and crying, and he was putting up a fight for his jersey.”
In an attempt to bring a smile to Noah’s face, a cousin tweeted Watt, telling him what happened to the young boy. Watt responded: “Tell him I’ll bring him a new jersey tomorrow.”
On Tuesday, Watt fulfilled his promise. Noah’s family tweeted a picture of a smiling Watt posing for a picture with the boy and his new jersey.
In a tweet to a local news station, Mr. Fulmer wrote, “He kept his word.”
“He kept his word.” Those four words are what make J.J. Watt more than just a great football player. And those four words will make you special to those in your life.
“He kept his word.” That is what the world is looking for today – people who simply keep their word.
Keeping our word is a sign of faith in God. The Bible says, “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” (1 John 2:5).
There are many great things that can be said of a person. But few carry the magnitude of those four words: “He kept his word.” Just ask Noah Fulmer.