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Texans Star J.J. Watt Surprises 12-Year-Old Leukemia Patient as Only He Can

Photo Credit: KHOU
Photo Credit: KHOU
Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 17, 2013

Cristian Beasley is a 12-year-old with leukemia who spends most of his time fighting the disease from home, away from other school children. This week, he had a surprise visit from his hero: Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. 

KHOU reports on just the latest story of Watt going above and beyond for one of his fans. 

On most school days, Beasley uses a special machine that allows him to interact with students and teachers from the comfort of his own room.

The report states he is "one of 34 students across the country using the VGo telepresence system. From a home computer they can control a small robot, drive from class to class, and take part in classroom lectures and discussions."

The mechanical marvel is something of an extension of Cristian, one that he nicknamed after his favorite NFL player.

Yes, the robot is named "Watt."

Well, the NFL star who shares the same name happened upon this remarkable story and decided to make the kid's day. Remember, this is the same player who once proposed to a six-year-old who was distraught because she couldn't marry her sports hero. 

Not one to pass up an opportunity to lift spirits, Watt went to Splendora, Texas, and surprised the young man at his house. The video from KHOU is priceless. 

“What are you working on,” Watt whispered as Cristian turned around.

“Oh my God,” said the 6th grader dressed for school in his J.J. Watt jersey and a Houston Texans knit cap.

“What’s up buddy,” said Watt.  “I’m J.J., nice to meet you man.”

“Oh my God,” is all Cristian could mutter again.

As the report states, Watt spent more than two hours with his fan. The two tossed the pigskin around and went to visit the other students at school. Cristian's mom noted that the timing couldn't have been any better for her son, as he is preparing for another round of chemotherapy this Monday. 

The school is preparing to throw a fundraiser this Saturday to help alleviate medical costs, and Watt provided some things to help the boy get through another round of treatment. 

Among the gifts he gave the boy were a set of “eye black” football patches that Watt told him would make him look tough. He told Cristian to use them when he needed an emotional lift and to remember that he always has a robot and a real guy named Watt rooting for him.

It doesn't matter what team you root for or what you think of the Texans as a whole. The bottom line is that Watt is a fantastic player and tremendous human being. 

Not only did he take time to make the day of a young fan, but he thoroughly enjoyed doing it. That sort of professional athlete is all too rare these days. 

We are all rooting for you, J.J. And that goes double for you, Cristian.  

 

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