It is always nice to recognize when an athlete contributes to a worthy cause. Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph did just that when he made a generous $11,000 donation to a school with special-needs children.

“Joseph made an appearance Tuesday morning with representatives of UnitedHealthcare, which made an $11,000 donation on behalf of Joseph’s Dreambuilders program for play-ground equipment for special-needs children at the T.H. Rogers School,” per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Joseph spoke about the touching reception he received when the kids at T.H. Rogers School sang “What a Wonderful World” to him.

“This is a special moment,” Joseph said. “It puts a smile on the kids’ faces. Feeling the joy and excitement that comes from them means more than anything.”

“Life’s bigger than just football.”

Joseph has been with the Houston Texans since 2011. Overall, the two-time Pro-Bowler has played in the league for 11 years after being drafted 24th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.

On top of Joseph having a generous heart, he also expressed his faith in quarterback Tom Savage — a guy the team is counting on to start in 2017 — moving forward.

“It’s big for him,” Joseph said Tuesday about Savage’s opportunity. “He has all the physical talent, all the tools to be a starting quarterback in this league.”

We wish Joseph and his Texans success as he begins his 12th year in the league. He is certainly a class act.