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J.J. Watt visits patients, signs footballs at American Family Children’s Hospital Saturday

MADISON (WKOW) — Former Badger football player J.J. Watt made a surprise visit at the American Family Children’s Hospital after delivering UW’s commencement speech Saturday afternoon.

Social media posts showed Watt visiting families, signing footballs and taking photos with patients.

10-year-old Jacob Lindstedt from Omro, Wisconsin is one of the lucky patients who received a visit Saturday.


His mother, Elizabeth Lindstedt, says Jacob has been receiving treatment at American Family Children’s Hospital for the last seven years and is a two time brain cancer survivor and AML leukemia survivor.

He is currently battling an aggressive lung disease.

Lindstedt shared photos and a video of Jacob and J.J. on Facebook and thanked Watt for the giggles during his visit. She said the two even had a quick chat about the video game Fortnite, and Jacob enjoyed the visit.

In a video shared, Watt signs a football for Jacob and then asks Jacob to sign a football for him, with Jacob’s name and favorite number.


Watt also visited with the Lee family, whose 21-month-old son Oakley was a patient at Children’s Hospital.

Mother Jamie Lee says, “J.J. was an awesome guy to meet and so down to earth.” She says Watt is “truly a wonderful man,” and she hopes he inspires other players.

Although Oakley was asleep during the visit, mom says he hasn’t let go of his football since.





Jenna Graham

Weekend Assignment Editor

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