DJ Reader Honors His Late Father By Donating To Kidney Foundation

By SportsRadio 610
HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Five years after kidney failure claimed his father's life, D.J. Reader became a father in his own right. 

His son was born over the bye week, before the Texans played the Ravens. 

After it was announced Thursday the Texans' defensive tackled had been nominated for the 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, I asked Reader about how fatherhood has impacted him. 

"It's just I'm responsible for someone else," Reader said. "It's a blessing. It's different, especially with me losing my dad when I lost him and just growing up and having a rough little patch right there. It's just kind of cool having somebody who I know is always going to look up to me and I'm always going to have to be responsible for them and make decisions for them. I'm excited."

Reader's parents are where he picked up the charitable spirit, the willingness to go above and beyond in his community.

That's why he's the Texans' nominee for Man of the Year.

All 32 teams have a nominee and receive a $50,000 donation to a charity of their choice. 

Reader is donating to the National Kidney Foundation.

"My mom and dad spent a lot of time when we were growing up just making sure we were doing work and out in the community," Reader said. "Whether that's at the soup kitchens or working with the Red Cross a lot, so it's just always something I liked doing. I just enjoyed it and knew if I had the opportunity to have the platform to do things like that, I wanted to be able to do them."