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.”