Jose Altuve

Watt and Altuve share SI's Sportsperson of the Year award

J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm.

On Monday night the two were honored by Sports Illustrated when they were given the magazine's prestigious Sportsperson of the Year award. Sports Illustrated executive editor Steve Cannella said they chose the pair because Watt and Altuve perfectly embodied the Houston Strong slogan the city adopted in the wake of the August hurricane and its catastrophic flooding.

To celebrate the award, given annually since 1954 to honor a player, coach or team...

21°