Johnathan Joseph delivered on the field this season for the Houston Texans. Now the former South Carolina Gamecocks standout will do the same off the gridiron.
During the season, Joseph pledged to make a donation to charity as Houston recovered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. The Rock Hill native said his donation would be based off how he performed on the field.
Joseph had very good season, something that’s expected from the former All-Pro cornerback. Now it’s time to pay up.
Joseph wrote on Twitter Wednesday night he’s ready to put his money where his mouth was.
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Back in September 2017, Joseph pledged he would donate a specific amount based on the statistics he amassed in three categories – tackles, pass deflections and interceptions.
Joseph said he’d contribute $250 for every tackle, $1,000 for every pass deflection and $5,000 for every interception.
Joseph finished the season with 47 tackles, nine pass deflections and two interceptions – including one he returned 82 yards for a touchdown.
That brings the total he’s expected to donate to habitat for Humanity to $30,750.
Joseph is the Texans’ all-time leader in interceptions, and has an impressive 28 picks in his 12-year career which began with the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the course of his career, Joseph has 645 tackles, 169 pass deflections, six touchdowns on interception returns, as well as seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
This isn’t the only charitable act he has made from this past season. Before Christmas, Joseph and fellow Rock Hill native and USC alum Jadeveon Clowney each contributed $10,000 through the Jadeveon Clowney Help In Time Foundation and The Johnathan Joseph Foundation to help kids pick out Christmas presents.
That allowed 100 Rock Hill kids to go to Walmart, each with a $200 gift card.
Joseph was a first-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2006. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, receiving the honor in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he was also named second-team All-Pro.
Joseph played for the Gamecocks in 2004 and 2005. His first season with South Carolina was cut short by a broken foot, but he recovered with a big season in 2005 when he recorded 55 tackles, four interceptions, and nine broken up passes.