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San Francisco 49ers DB Richard Sherman covers middle school cafeteria debt

Published: Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Richard Sherman covered a cafeteria bill for San Francisco-area middle school students.
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Richard Sherman covered a cafeteria bill for San Francisco-area middle school students.(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman's ability to cover wide receivers is well-known.

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Sherman also used his coverage skills to pay off a cafeteria debt for a California middle school, KCRA reported.

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The San Francisco 49ers defensive back gave Cabrillo Middle School Principal Stan Garber a check for $7,491.27 on Saturday, the school said in a news release.

In the news release, Garber said Sherman pulled him aside from his shift as a docent in the 49ers Museum to hand him a personal check for the Santa Clara school, The Mercury News reported.

“Richard’s gesture created such good will for the 49ers that they went on to sack Aaron Rogers (sic) and the Green Bay Packers the next day on national TV by a score of 37-8,” Garber wrote in the release.

The school district posted its thanks to Sherman and his foundation on Facebook, thanking the cornerback for "clearing all students’ lunch debt so that they have one less worry in their lives."

"The district is thankful to the Richard Sherman Family Foundation for this kind donation," the district said in a statement. "It means that many Cabrillo families will have less debt over the holiday season."

Sherman founded Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation, in 2013, KCRA reported. According to its website, the foundation helps “provide students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals.”

“We have found that eliminating student lunch debt is one way to help assist students and their families in relieving some of the stress that comes with attending school on a daily basis,” the foundation said in a letter to the school district's nutrition services department. "The last thing any child should have to worry about is being able to afford eating breakfast and lunch at school; we aim to do our part in eliminating that obstacle.”