Brady, Belichick donate to Watt's hurricane relief fund

HOUSTON -- Among the 209,426 people who donated to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's Houston Relief Flood Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.

Brady donated $100,000 and Belichick contributed $50,000.

"I think everybody was pretty touched by what happened," Brady said Wednesday. "I've had a lot of friends down there. I don't know; I'd rather not comment too much, other than a lot of people need a lot of help."

Watt closed the fundraiser on Friday after raising more than $37 million.

"It's incredibl[y] kind gestures," Watt said of what the Brady and Belichick contributed. "Just goes to show what type of people they are. Despite everything, playing a game against each other, having practice against each other, being in the same [conference] and things like that. For them to step up at a time like that and just help their fellow human is pretty special and I think it speaks volumes to their character.

"I'm very appreciative of that obviously, and I think the way both of them went about it as well, just kind of quietly behind the scenes. I don't think they even meant for it to get out, so good people. Much appreciated for sure."

On Sunday, Watt will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time since he re-aggregated his back injury in the Texans' Week 3 loss to the Patriots, his last game of the 2016 season. Watt said Wednesday that his finger is broken but that it shouldn't affect his play too much.

"It's still there. It's good. It's not going to bother me too much," Watt said. "It's broken but not bad. It's just a finger. If it were anything else, it'd be a problem.

"It's an injury that doesn't bother me whole lot because I didn't have use of that finger for a long time. I tore a tendon a few years back on it. So it wasn't very useful anyway. So I don't really need it that much. It doesn't bother me at all."

ESPN's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.