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.