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The Houston Texans and team owner Bob McNair are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston's flood relief fund in the wake of the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey this week.

In addition, the NFL Foundation is matching the Texans' $1 million relief donation, Cowboys executive vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson announced. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is matching up to $1 million in donations to American Red Cross relief efforts in the region. The Jets announced Tuesday they also will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross on behalf of the team and the Johnson family.

"These dollars will be put to go use in the relief and recovery efforts," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday during a news conference in Frisco, Texas. "We also hope our actions will encourage others to do whatever they can to help their neighbors in need right now."

O'Brien also said the players and team would dedicate their 2017 season to the city of Houston.

"You know football, obviously, is important, but I think the most important thing right now is doing everything we can for our city. I can tell you right now, we're going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston, to the people of Houston. There are no guarantees in football -- that's not what I'm here to say. But I will guarantee this team will go out every Sunday, Monday, Thursday -- whenever they ask us to play -- and we'll play our asses off for the city of Houston, I promise you that."

In addition, O'Brien lauded the efforts of his players and the team for trying to make a difference during an extremely difficult time.

"We're proud to represent the city of Houston," O'Brien said. "I saw that J.J. Watt started a fundraising page last night and raised over $200,000 in just a couple hours in addition to another $100,000 coming from his own pocket. I think that really shows the type of guys we have on this team and the fact that they're willing to do whatever it takes to care for our city."

Watt raised his fundraising goal to $1 million on Monday after raising $500,000 in 24 hours:

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones donated $100,000 and wideout Dez Bryant donated $50,000 to the Salvation Army's pledge drive.

As far as Thursday's scheduled preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium in Houston, the league announced Monday it has been relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reported NRG Stadium remains undamaged, but there's flooding nearby.

The Texans are currently practicing in Frisco, Texas, at the Cowboys' practice facility.

Click here to donate to Watt's flood relief fund, and here to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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