“Sports Illustrated” has presented the
Sportsperson of the Year Award to the player, coach, or team
who best personifies athletic achievement and sportsmanship
on and off the field. And tonight,
we’re going to reveal your 2017 Sportsperson
of the Year honoree right here on “The Tonight Show.” [ Cheers and applause ]
[ Drum roll ] The 2017 “Sports Illustrated”
Sportsperson of the Year is a three-time NFL
Defensive Player of the Year. He raised over $37 million
for the city of Houston in the wake
of Hurricane Harvey. Ladies and gentlemen,
from the Houston Texans, please welcome J.J. Watt! [ Cheers and applause ] [ Band playing ] [ Cheers and applause ] There it is.
-Look at that. -Oh, my goodness!
-That’s incredible. -Congratulations.
-Oh, thank you. Thank you.
I appreciate it. -So, how does it feel?
What is it — What does it mean to you
to win this award? -Oh, it’s unbelievable.
I mean, I think this award, I mean, it’s
Sportsperson of the Year, but I think Jose
and I both will tell you that it’s much more
than just two people. It’s a whole city, and my —
on my side, it’s over 200,000 people
who donated money to help rebuild the city,
so it’s an award that’s so much bigger than sports,
and I just — I can’t thank
“Sports Illustrated” enough and I can’t thank all the people
out there enough who helped out. -Absolutely. [ Cheers and applause ] Here it is again.
Just get a good look at this. Jose Altuve as well. This — This award’s been given
to Muhammad Ali, Derek Jeter. I mean this is —
It’s a big honor, but I think it was pretty clear
what you’ve done this past year was just outstanding.
-Thank you. -I mean, for everyone
in Houston, I will just say, if you
don’t know this, you should, but you raised so much money
for Houston. You, I think you had
the goal of raising $200,000. -Yeah, so I started out —
We were stranded in Dallas. We couldn’t get back to Houston
because of the flooding, so I just wanted to start
and do whatever I could to help. And I honestly didn’t know if
we would reach $200,000. I was like, let’s see if
we can get $200,000. You were unbelievably generous,
donating $1 million over your show,
so thank you to Jimmy. -Absolutely. [ Cheers and applause ] -And so many —
I mean, it just took off. It just took off, and yeah.
-It moved everybody. But how much did you raise?
-$37 million. Yeah, we raised
over $37 million. [ Cheers and applause ] -How awesome.
You’re just fantastic. -Yeah, thank you. I actually —
-And it just shows how great this country is.
-I actually just had a chance this last week, I was out —
I mean, I’ve been on crutches for a while but I was just out
visiting some of the sites that we’re rebuilding. We’re going to rebuild
hundreds of homes. We’re gonna rebuild
childcare centers. We’re gonna distribute
a whole bunch of food to all the areas,
some medical care. And I was just out visiting
some of the areas and I mean, it’s devastating but
at the same time, it’s been so incredible to see
the positive spirit that these people have kept
throughout such a tough time. -Yeah.
Speaking of — [ Cheers and applause ] Speaking of your injury, how are
you feeling, by the way? -I feel great.
I feel great. I only walk with a cane
for two reasons. One, to appease my trainer,
and two, to get sympathy from my girlfriend.
-Yeah. Also, it’s a pretty cool cane.
-Yeah, I mean, they told me I had to have a cane.
So I said, “Well, let me –” -Look at this thing.
I mean, good God. Holy moly.
-I mean, I couldn’t walk around with, like, a aalker, you know? -No, yeah, no. You’re J.J. Watt.
Yeah, you got to show off. Yeah, you got to walk around. That could be just part
of your move in life. Just always have a cane.
-I now have a cane for life. -Yeah, that’s your move, yeah.
-I now have a cane so — -I totally — yeah.
I support that, totally.