Cardinals' J.J. Watt shares 'heartfelt' message with injured teen from Waukesha parade attack

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Arizona Cardinals star defensive end J.J. Watt reached out to a Waukesha, Wisconsin, teenager who was injured during the Waukesha parade attack last month.

Tyler Pudleiner, 17, received a “get well soon” message from Watt, a Pewaukee, Wisconsin, native, on Thanksgiving morning.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates a stop against the Houston Texans Oct. 24, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

J.J. Watt of the Arizona Cardinals on the sidelines before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field Nov. 21, 2021, in Seattle, Wash. 
(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Pudleiner said the message he received from Watt put a smile on his face.

“It was just a very genuine and heartfelt message. It really shows — goes to show — how great of a person J.J. is and how he hasn’t forgotten his roots,” Pudleiner said.

Watt explained in the video that he was sending “a little care package” to Pudleiner.

Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after a tackle against the Houston Texans Oct. 24, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz.
(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Pudleiner received Cardinals gear, including a hat, a flag and a personalized jersey.

“I was more shocked and, you know, just in awe in general,” Pudleiner said.

Pudleiner added that he sent a thank-you message to Watt for the gifts.

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