Thursday's preseason finale between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys which had been moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Monday has been cancelled. The Texans were in New Orleans when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and then flew to Dallas for continued practices after Saturday's preseason game against the Saints.
Cowboys' officials began selling tickets to the game Tuesday for $25, with all proceeds from the ticket sales and parking fees - also established at $25 - going directly to Houston flood relief.
"It's great that they can get home", said Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee.
"We've upped the goal to $10 million because everything is bigger in Texas", he said.
Now that they don't have to play the last preseason game, the Texans can spend a few days with their families and then begin preparation for the first regular-season game September 10 against Jacksonville at NRG Stadium. "The team feels it is imperative to get back home to help the Houston community recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey".
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"I think we have the best fans, anyway, so just imagine what NRG Stadium will be like for that first home game".
The Houston Texans are in a bit of a pickle. The team had been working out at the Cowboys' practice facility at The Star in Frisco. Watt said: "It was subdued joy, because we're obviously extremely sensitive to the situation".
It seems like the National Football League is listening to J.J. Watt. It's bigger than any of us. We realize how important football is in the City of Houston.
This weekend Watt set up an online fundraiser to raise money for flood relief in Houston.
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