Sports Illustrated has announced that Houston Star and J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve have been named 2017 Sportspersons of Year. The pair are featured together on the cover of the sports magazine’s annual Sportsperson of the Year issue and in new profiles highlighting their impact.
Why this matters: The Houston Texans’ Watt raised more than $37 million in Hurricane Harvey relief aid and served as a beacon for what an athlete can do with their platform beyond sports.
Altuve, the Houston Astros’ second baseman and American League MVP, is an inspirational story about a consistently underestimated player who rose to the top of his sport. The three-time batting champion was a key part of the team that brought Houston its first World Series Championship. He is recognized for giving back and inspiring a community when it needed it most.
Notable Quotes: “The city of Houston has treated me really good… I felt at that time that I owed them something. So when they were having a hard time, I wanted to give something back to them.” – Jose Altuve
“Nothing J.J. Watt has achieved in his career, or might still achieve, will measure up to what he did for Houston.” – Peter King, Editor in Chief of The MMQB