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J.J. Watt donates $10K to recovering Texas football player Grant Milton

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt is well-known for his community activism, and it appears he has again taken it upon himself to lend a much-needed helping hand.

On Wednesday, Watt donated $10,000 to Grant Milton’s GoFundMe. Milton, a football player at The Woodlands (Texas), was injured Saturday under mysterious circumstances and slipped into a coma.

Along with the donation, Watt added a brief message to Grant and the Milton family.

“If there’s anything that I can do to help, please let me know,” the message reads. “Sending my best wishes to Grant and the entire Milton family.”

Texans PR couldn’t confirm the note and donation were from Watt, who earlier retweeted a letter published at USA TODAY High School Sports’ partner TexasHSFootball.com from one of Milton’s teammates to the injured teen, but it would certainly be in line with the All-Pro’s charitable ways.

As of Wednesday morning, Milton remains in critical condition but is said to be improving daily. Below is the text from Milton’s parents’ latest update on Caring Bridge.

Grant underwent a CT scan this morning. We expect CT scans to be done every two days. The scan showed the swelling has mostly abated and the brain is beginning to return to normal size. He continues to have some blood near the site of the trauma which is not unusual. There is no active bleeding or signs of clotting. The injury was on the right side of the brain. The initial trauma and subsequent swelling put intense pressure on his brain and brain stem. The recent scan shows his brain stem has now returned to normal form, however, it is still to early to tell what impact the injury had on his brain stem and brain function overall. His left pupil is slow to react and his right is normal. Grant is still breathing over the ventilator which makes us hopeful that at some point he can breath on his own but it will be some time before we get to that point. His arm movements are still somewhat reactive and slight, no intentional movement yet. Grant has been taking tiny steps each day. His neurologist continues to emphasize that this is a process that will take time. We want to thank so many people for their kindness and prayers. This is a difficult situation for all us as you can imagine. You never think something like this can happen to your child, especially someone as strong, athletic and outgoing like Grant. We pray for God to heal and restore his wounds. We are thankful for the number of clergy from various faiths stopping by and praying with us. Your continued prayers mean everything.
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