J.J. Watt honored the late Mrs. Barbara Bush after her passing on Tuesday on Twitter.
Rest In Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush.
You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship. pic.twitter.com/yuZvQ7o8aH
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 17, 2018
"Rest in Peace Mrs. Barbara Bush," Watt wrote along with a four-picture photo collage. "You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship."
The Texans linebacker interacted with Mrs. Bush during her visits to Texans and Astros games and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with her.
Plus, the pair tackled low-literacy in Houston by encouraging parents and children to read together for 15 minutes a day.
Watt, a Wisconsin native, has been heavily involved in charity throughout his career, with his efforts in aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey, launching a charity softball game, and the literacy campaign, so the unlikely pair became close friends through their congruent work.
“She’s an awesome woman,” Watt told Click2Houston.com. “She’s the absolute best and we wish her all the smiles and happiness ... I’m just very fortunate to know her.”