Richard Sherman Surprises Middle School With Check To Clear All Student Lunch Debt

December 1, 2019

Richard Sherman of the San Francisco 49ers paid off thousands of dollars in school lunch debt for students at a local public school.

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Richard Sherman and Principal Garber

Sherman walked into Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara, California, and handed the principal a personal check for $7,491.27 to clear the cafeteria's outstanding bill.

Principal Stan Garber posted the news on the school's website.

"Richard's gesture created such goodwill for the 49ers that they went on to sack Aaron Roger’s and the Green Bay Packers the next day on national TV by a score of 37-8," wrote Garber. "Go 49ers, Go Richard Sherman."

Garber said the middle school is the closest to Levi's Stadium.


"It's the most generous thing to happen for these kids, there's plenty in need and he didn't neglect them, it was the perfect way to give back and help them," Garber told ABC News. "It was the kindest most generous gesture."

This is not the first time a school had their lunch debt cleared by Sherman.

Last month, Sherman wrote a check for over $20,000 to the Tacoma Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington, to relieve their student's lunch debt, according to a press release issued by NFLPA.

Through his two organizations, Richard Sherman Family Foundation and Blanket Coverage Foundation, the NFL star cornerback has raised $1.5 million and "helped more than 70,000 people in carrying out their mission of providing students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals," wrote Brandon Parker, NFLPA's communications manager.

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