J.J. Watt's good deeds are getting to be too numerous to count.

In the last 18 months alone the Houston Texans' Pro Bowler has surprised a 12-year-old cancer patient, "proposed" to a 6-year-old girl and even inspired amazing generosity in his young fans.

And now Watt has gone out of his way again for a young fan. The 25-year-old posted a video to his Instagram account of him and a fan named Trey. Apparently, Trey's classmates didn't believe he was friends with Watt. That all changed in the span of 15 seconds.

Good for Watt for getting creative and having some fun with this clip. Watt has experienced enormous success during his three-year NFL career -- he's a two-time Pro Bowler and was voted 2012 AFC Defensive Player of the Year -- but he still takes the time to show his support for his fans. Young players should look up to the tight end-turned-defensive end as a model of comportment.

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Perhaps it was the adrenaline rush that comes from winning the country's most storied golf tournament with one's son and spouse looking on.

Perhaps it was the knowledge that after some struggles on the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson appeared to have found his swing again

Or maybe it was the $1.6 million payday.

Whatever the reason, Watson was feeling generous on Sunday night at a Waffle House in Augusta, Ga.

So after dining with his wife, Angie, and several friends, and taking this widely circulated selfie, Watson laid down a reported $148 tip.


Of course, Watson's bill was probably larger than most because he was celebrating. But seeing as the establishment's prices are very reasonable, Watson's meal -- double grilled cheese with a side of hash browns -- couldn't have been much more than $10. All told, it seems unlikely that his party ordered more than $100 worth of food, so his tip was almost certainly more than the meal itself.

Unit manager Ken Knotts did not confirm the $148 figure to an Augusta Chronicle reporter, but he did say that three employees split the money.

“It was above and beyond what would have normally been shared,” Knotts said. “Bubba was just so gracious about everything.”

That wasn't the only large tip Watson left at a fast food venue that night. After that meal Watson and his party went to a local Steak n' Shake for milkshakes. There, Watson left a $24 tip on the bill.

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Two Milwaukee firefighters who traveled to Boston to celebrate the lives of a pair of fallen counterparts turned from the honorers to the honorees during one unforgettable meal.

Last week in Boston Lt. Ryan Venne and Andrew Wilke joined thousands of firefighters from across the country for the funerals of Michael Kennedy and Lt. Edward Walsh Jr., who died last month while battling a nine-alarm fire.

The Milwaukee Brewers also happened to be in Boston that weekend for a series against the Red Sox. One night at the steakhouse Abe and Louie's the two parties bumped into each other. A waiter who knew the firefighters were from Milwaukee made the connection.

"He came over and goes, 'Hey, you guys are from Milwaukee. I think that's the Milwaukee Brewers sitting over there,'" Venne told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I'm a huge baseball fan. My wife is. My son plays baseball. We know the players. I peeked over there and recognized (Yovani) Gallardo. I said, 'That's the Brewers!'"

Wilke said the group of pitchers and catchers spoke with the men for a few minutes and the firefighters explained that they were in Boston for the funerals. The group then posed for this picture:


Later a waiter came over to the firefighters' table and told them that one of the Brewers would be picking up their tab.

"It kind of left me speechless," Wilke said upon hearing about the generous offer.

As it turns out, Matt Garza had the idea to pay for the men and Kyle Lohse put their tab on his credit card.

"We appreciate what they do. They put their lives on the line for people," Lohse told the Journal-Sentinel. "We were there in Boston where they just recently had a tragedy with that incident with their firefighters. It was a little token of our appreciation. The least we could do was pick up their dinner."

The Brewers swept the Red Sox that weekend and have gone on to win six consecutive games since then.

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Amir Johnson couldn't do much more to ingratiate himself to the people of Toronto.

Not only does he hook fans up with Drake CDs and find creative ways to show his support for the team even when he's injured, the 26-year-old also has a neat end-of-the-season tradition. That's when he pays for a large group of fans to come to a game and then has dinner with them.

This was the fourth year of Johnson's "I Roll with Amir" party and perhaps the most memorable.

A group of 60 fans got to watch Toronto top Philadelphia, 125-114, and then dine with Johnson the next night at a local Medieval Times. The 26-year-old chose the venue because he loved going there as a child.

“It’s just a token of appreciation for my fans because we have the greatest fans in the world,” Johnson said before the show, via the Toronto Star. “The fans are what makes our team.”

And the best part? Johnson had as much fun at Medieval Times as his fans:

Johnson has reason to celebrate. While he's missed a few games with a sore ankle, he's having one of the more productive seasons of his career. He's set to record career highs in games started (68) as well as per-game averages of minutes (29.3) and points (10.7).

Johnson is a big reason why Toronto's defense is one of the top 10 in the league and why the surprising Raptors are on pace to host a first-round playoff series.

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Let's get this out of the way first. The subject matter of HBO's documentary One Last Hug is heartbreaking, and you're going to cry when you watch it. You might even question why you'd put yourself through it. Your brain will try to find reasons not to watch. You'll think, "Why, with so many entertainment choices at my fingertips, have I chosen to invest my valuable time on a topic that makes me ache?"

Kids losing parents. Kids losing siblings. Kids losing best friends.

To natural causes. To war. To murder. To suicide.

It's brutal, and it happens all the time.

One in seven American children under the age of 20 will experience the death of a loved one.

But you'll keep watching.

You'll keep watching despite the fact that it'll dawn on you early in the documentary that there can't be a Hollywood happy ending to these stories because the kids' loved ones will still be gone at the end of the film. When that hits you it's a punch in the gut and you might want to turn it off again ... but you won't.

Because these kids, they can't turn it off. They can't just decide to stop grieving. And as you watch the documentary, the courage they show in facing their grief will grab you. It'll grip you. It'll make you vow to hold your parents or your siblings or your kids just a little bit longer next time you hug. It'll remind you just how fleeting and unfair life can be.

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The documentary, which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, takes place at Our House of Grief Support Center, one of the free bereavement camps that is part of The Moyer Foundation's Camp Erin Network.

The "Moyer" in the Moyer Foundation is none other than long-time MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer. Moyer pitched for eight MLB teams, made an All-Star Game and finished in the top ten in Cy Young voting three times. He racked up 269 wins, but none was close to being as important as the victories he has been a part of at Camp Erin.

"The name Erin came from a girl my wife and I befriended who eventually passed away," Moyer says. "Erin taught us about life. She taught us a lot about grief."

Moyer met Erin through the Make-A-Wish foundation and they sponsored the first camp session in her honor in 2002. That year they had 42 campers attend their lone session. By 2013, Camp Erin had grown to 41 different sessions with more than 2,600 campers attending.

"My parents' generation really didn't talk about these kinds of things," Moyer says. "When I was a young kid, if people passed away you went to a funeral home, paid respects, spent time with family members, people talked about the person who passed away and that was it. Then you came home and put it in the closet and didn't really talk about it. For those who have strong emotional feelings that grief builds up."

Moyer points out that when children are dealing with a loss of the magnitude of a mom or dad or brother or sister, they have nowhere to go once they return to their real lives. In school they feel like outsiders because they've lost someone. They think they're different. Sometimes they fall out of friendships that they used to have or they lose interest in the things they enjoy. Grief can become overwhelming.

"Every child at the camp has lost somebody," Moyer says. "It opens their eyes to the fact that they aren't the only one. There are several thousand kids, even millions, in the same situation. The camps allow them to let out their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. The strength of these kids and what they're willing to share is amazing. They come to the camp as strangers but there are so many people caring and sharing and loving that it helps them deal with loss."

There are no barriers to entry, as camps are free and run by volunteers and professional counsellors.

"If you're able to witness a camp, it can change your life," Moyer says. "It has changed so many lives. It's really heartwarming for us and it's very humbling to be able to create a camp like this. We have military children at the camps and we had kids from the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings. The stories these kids have can boggle your mind."

Moyer's oldest daughter, who is now a freshman in college, attended a camp and made such a strong connection with one of the children there that she cried when it was time to leave.

And that's the power of One Last Hug. Every kid reminds you of a kid you know, or your own kids, or yourself as a kid. You have to watch because once you meet the kids who were brave enough to bare their souls to you through the documentary, you want to make sure that they're going to be OK. Just like Moyer's daughter, you won't want to leave.

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One Marlins fan's fortunes took a drastic and heartwarming turn recently, when his lost wallet was returned with an extra $20 to go along with a powerful note.

A high school senior named Cristhian Reyes lost his wallet while attending opening day at Marlins Park. A few agonizing days later, Reyes had his wallet returned to him by an anonymous good samaritan. The person had added $20 and a note imploring Reyes to pass along the good karma and "do something nice for someone else."

Here's a photo of the note:


The letter reads:

Cristhian:

I found this at the game last night and wanted to make sure you got it back. I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place.

Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else. Hope you enjoyed the game last night.

Go Marlins!!

Reyes said he's unsure how he'll pay back his good fortune. For now, he's just happy to have his wallet back.

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The tie between Chris Paul and Fran McCaffery is tenuous at best.

McCaffery has never coached Paul, and now Paul plays in Los Angeles while McCaffery coaches at Iowa. But years ago the two weren't as far apart -- Paul played at Wake Forest and McCaffery coached at nearby UNC-Greensboro. Paul became the favorite player of one of McCaffery's sons, but the two never had much of a relationship.

The fact that Paul didn't need a strong connection to offer support to McCaffery during these dark days reinforces his reputation as one of the highest-character stars in the NBA.

McCaffery's 14-year-old son, Patrick, had surgery last month to remove a tumor on his thyroid. The surgery was on the same day as McCaffery's Hawkeyes squared off against Tennessee in a play-in game for the NCAA tournament.

The day before the operation, Paul tweeted his support for Patrick.


What many people didn't know, however, is that Paul also called the teenager before and after the surgery. McCaffery revealed that when he spoke with reporters after visiting with Paul and his Los Angeles teammates in Minnesota, where the Clippers were practicing before taking on the Timberwolves.

"He said he would call him back after the surgery and he did, which is pretty amazing," the elder McCaffery said. "He talked to him (before the first surgery) and told him it was OK to be scared. Because Patrick admitted he was scared. He said, 'It’s OK to be scared, but you’re going to be fine.' He was encouraging and warm, and it really meant a lot to Patrick."

After the first operation doctors discovered that Patrick's cancer is malignant, and he'll have to have another surgery on April 17 to determine whether he needs additional treatment. With that in mind, it was a welcome distraction for the teenager and his family to visit with the Clippers and watch them defeat the Timberwolves.

McCaffery told the Clippers' website that Patrick smiled bigger than he had in a while when he heard he and his family would be attending the team's shootaround Monday.


After the game, in which Paul finished one assist shy of a double-double, he gave Patrick a signed shoe.


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Taking a page out of all-around nice guy Peyton Manning's book, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly actually RSVP'd to a pair of fans' wedding invitation.

The fans, Thomas Froschle and Maryanne Goslee, invited Kelly to their nuptials on May 10. Unfortunately for Kelly, that's kind of a bad time for an NFL coach -- it's the weekend of the NFL draft.

But just so the bride and groom knew he wouldn't be attending, Kelly courteously sent back an RSVP.


Last year Manning made the same gesture after he was invited to a fan's big day.

This isn't the first time Kelly has responded to a fan's request. As coach of Oregon he reportedly reimbursed a fan $439 in expenses for traveling to see the Ducks lose to Boise State.

It's a shame that Kelly can't make it, because according to Goslee there will be a Chip Kelly-themed table at the reception.

"The tables are all decorated as Eagles players, and we're also setting up a Chip Kelly table," Goslee said. "We're coming out to the Eagles fight song too, so it's getting pretty intense."

One can only wonder what is involved in a Chip Kelly table: Innovative food formations? Rapid drink consumption?

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The NCAA East regional final was already decided by the time there were six seconds left in the game. Connecticut was up by eight points, and Huskies forward Niels Giffey was at the free throw line.

Curiously, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called a timeout after Giffey's first free throw. Even in a sport known for crazy comebacks, scoring eight points in six seconds would be impossible for the Spartans. (And the lead became nine after Giffey made his second free throw.)

So, what was Izzo's intention with this final timeout?

To let the Huskies and all their fans at Madison Square Garden enjoy the moment.


What a classy move by Izzo. Even with his team about to suffer a crushing loss in a game that it led with less than two minutes left, and with his Final Four streak about to end, the future Hall of Famer wanted to reward the Huskies for their play.

Izzo has taken advantage of late timeouts before. Earlier this season he grabbed the mic during a stoppage in play to thank longtime referee Ed Hightower.

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Before leading his team to another easily forgettable double-digit win over an inferior foe, LeBron James made this game one to remember by making a young girl's dream come true.

In Milwaukee to face the Bucks, James met with Ebony Nettles-Bey, a high school basketball player from Wisconsin who is battling cancer. Ebony's teammates started a Twitter campaign, using the hashtag #LeBronMeetEbony, to try to get the attention of the girl's hero, and it worked.

Ebony's wish became a reality Saturday. She led the back-to-back defending champs out for pregame warmups and even shot around with James. After shootaround James signed a shoe for the high schooler.

Then Ebony stood with James for the national anthem.

"Basketball is a small part of our lives," James told reporters later. "The way that it can impact someone else's life, that puts it all in perspective. What she's going through every single day; the challenges she's facing every single day with the Stage 4 cancer that she has, she's the stronger one out of us two. She's unbelievable, and for me to be someone that her last wish is to meet me, that's a 'Wow' factor. It puts it all in perspective knowing I have that much influence and that much strength for someone to say that if I have one opportunity."

Looking back on the experience, Ebony was surprised by how normal her idol was.

"It was a conversation that you have like with an everyday person ... it was like, unexplainable," she said. "He didn't really say too much, just I couldn't leave until I make a shot."

Ebony, who was an all-conference player as a sophomore and made a verbal commitment to UW-Milwaukee before getting sick, wants to one day play in the WNBA.

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