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NFL Matches Bob McNair's $1 Million Donation to Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2017

Houston Texans owner Robert C. McNair walks on the field before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
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The NFL Foundation announced Monday it would match the $1 million donation made by Houston Texans owner Bob McNair to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The league also made the following statement:

NFL @NFL

@HoustonTexans @NFLFoundation https://t.co/tjEO03BoMi

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle added that the New England Patriots would match up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

That mirrors a number of efforts around the NFL. The YouCaring flood relief fund set up by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has raised over $500,000, with the player revealing that Chris Paul's $50,000 donation pushed them over the edge:

JJ Watt @JJWatt

The generosity of @CP3's $50k donation is actually what put us over the $500k mark. Phenomenal stuff from donations both large and small.

"It's been an unbelievable display of what can happen when people come together," Watt said Monday. "How many people are sharing or donating, whether it's $5 or $500, to see so many people's support, it's incredible. That's what Houston is all about. It's a very diverse city. It's a very resilient city. It's been through things before, maybe not of this magnitude, but it's been through these types of situations."

The Dallas Cowboys are also joining the fundraising effort, per Jane Slater of NFL Network: 

Jane Slater @SlaterNFL

The Dallas Cowboys and local CBS affiliate KTVT CBS 11 will have a telethon tomorrow to also raise money for Houston #HurricaneHarvey

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Watt believes the final preseason game should be used to raise money as well.

"If there is something played this week, I think we should definitely involve some sort of fundraiser," he said, according to Wilson.

Outside of the NFL, the Houston Rockets announced that owner Leslie Alexander and the team are donating $4 million to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner's relief fund. The Houston Astros announced owner Jim Crane would also donate $4 million to the relief fund. 

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