JJ Watt will be inducted into the Houston Texans’ Ring Of Honor during the team’s Sunday game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ahead of the event, Watt took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle to thank the fans of the city.

“I’d never been to Houston. I didn’t know much about it. Got back to my hotel room that night, clicked on to social media, saw the draft party boos. That’s OK, they don’t know me,” Watt said in the ad. “No worries, just a new challenge and a new opportunity to change some peoples’ minds.”

Watt was originally selected by the Texans at No. 11 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, spending 10 seasons with the team.  Over the course of his time there, he was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time First-Team All-Pro.

He ended off his statement within the ad on a heartfelt note.

“Today, every single time I step off a plane in Houston, I feel one thing … Houston is family. Forever. I love you H-Town. And I can’t wait to see you on Sunday.”

Houston and Pittsburgh are set to kick off at noon on Sunday in NRG Stadium.