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Texans' chance to show Houston was knocked down but not out

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, Anna Ucheomumu, left, high fives Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt after loading a car with relief supplies to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, in Houston. J.J. Watt is being honored by the NFL Players Association after raising more than $29 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Watt was named the NFLPA's Community MVP on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, for his work in the days since the hurricane and flooding devastated Houston and much of southeast Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)
September 08, 2017 - 2:30 PM

HOUSTON - The first thing J.J. Watt brought back to his adopted hometown after Hurricane Harvey was $28 million in contributions.

But when the Houston Texans play their NFL opener in NRG Stadium, he and his teammates hope to deliver one of those iconic sports moments that live on after the flood waters have receded. Like other American communities laid low by tragedy, the return of games can provide one small important step on the road to recovery.

Watt says Houston players are going to do what they can to put smiles on fans' faces. That's what happened when the 2006 New Orleans Saints gave fans a temporary respite from rebuilding the city, when 9-11 first responders cheered for the 2001 Yankees and when football returned after the Virginia Tech shooting.

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