12/30/2012 01:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

J.J. Watt Tweets Picture With Newtown Students (PHOTO)

Texans linebacker J.J. Watt recently tweeted a photo of himself with some young guests at Reliant Stadium. On Friday, the NFL's breakout star shared an image of himself lining up against a group described as "our new friends from Newtown, CT."

"I just kind of wanted to give them as normal a day as possible, just running around, having fun, going out on the field. We were kicking field goals. They were trying to put it through the uprights," Watt told Mark Garafolo of USA Today the next day. "Just be kids. And to see them in a normal setting, having fun and big smiles on their faces was awesome."

Along with Watt, Victor Cruz is another NFL player who has spent time with those affected by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. The New York Giants' receiver visited the home of 6-year-old victim Jack Pinto, who was buried in a Cruz jersey.

Watt had also written "Newtown, CT" on his glove in remembrance of the victims before a Dec. 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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