NFL star JJ Watt is offering to help pay for the funeral after a woman tweeted about selling shoes to raise money

A woman tweeted that she was selling a pair of Arizona Cardinals shoes and a jersey in the JJ Watt edition of Defensive End to raise money for her grandfather’s funeral.

Then the NFL star himself jumped in.

Jennifer Simpson, a Texas teacher, posted the tweet Wednesday and asked if anyone was interested in buying the shoes.

“I have a pair of @JJWatt women’s edition Reebok shoes, size 9, $60. I’ve worn them twice. They’re great shoes, I’m only selling them because we’re raising money for my grandpa’s funeral.” tweeted. “I also have an XL Texans jersey for women from Watt for $30. Anyone interested?”

Watt retweeted Simpson’s post the same day, telling her to keep the boots and jersey.

“Don’t sell your shoes and jersey, we’ll help with the funeral. I’m sorry for your loss,” Watt wrote.

Watt’s tweet has since garnered more than 243,700 likes on Twitter.

In a response to the tweet, Simpson said she wishes she could tell Watt everything she’d been through.

“I fucking love you man. It’s been a tough year for me, and this last month has been tough since passing away. I wish I could tell you my story,” Simpson wrote.

Jerry Roderick, Simpson’s grandfather, died unexpectedly on June 20, according to her aunt Tara Roderick.

Simpson’s aunt Tara Roderick told TODAY that the family had no idea the tweet would catch the attention of the athlete himself.

“We didn’t expect anything,” said Roderick TODAY. “We just expected that maybe another fan would want to buy that jersey or those boots.”

The family were skeptical at first, but then Watt sent the money to Simpson via PayPal.

“Then Jennifer sent me a screenshot where he had sent money through PayPal,” Roderick said. “I almost died. He said he was sorry for our loss and gave his donation.”

Roderick told TODAY the funeral expenses had been paid off. The family is now working to pay for the cemetery expenses.

“I’d love to speak to JJ myself because what he did took a little load off me knowing we can put my dad to rest after a month,” Roderick said.

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