J.J. Watt named Sports Illustrated's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year

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NEW YORK CITY (WMTV) -- The 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year was announced Monday night.

Former Badger lineman and current Houston Texan, J.J. Watt is the newest athlete to hold that honor. The award was announced Monday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Watt's foundation raised $37 million dollars for Houston relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Sports Illustrated has given the award to the "athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." The award has been given out since 1954.

The award was also given to World Series Champion José Altuve who contributed in his own way to Houston's post-storm recovery. The Astros' second baseman not only inspired his community, but gave back when it needed it the most.

The two are featured together on the cover of SI’s annual Sportsperson of the Year issue.

The pair will accept the honor at SI’s Sportsperson of the Year Award Show on December 5 at Barclays Center in New York. The show will be televised nationally for the first time, airing on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET on December 8 and on Univision Deportes Network at 8 p.m. ET on December 9.

Watt and Altuve will be honored alongside the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award winner, Colin Kaepernick; the 2017 SI Kids SportsKid of the Year, Bunchie Young; the 2017 Rising Star of the Year Award presented by Symetra, Joel Embiid; the 2017 Performer of the Year Award presented by Jack Link’s, Maya Moore; and the 2017 Hope Award recipient, Carlos Beltran.

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