A teacher who left a lasting impression on Stanford cornerback Terian Williams II has been rewarded.

Through his name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with Cheez-It, Williams has blessed Dutchtown Elementary school teacher Jerry Hayes with a $10,000 donation that will be given to the Georgia school in his name, according to On3.

What’s more, Williams was able to break the news directly to his teacher, while uplifting Hayes’ importance to education.

“I wanted to let you know about how big of an impact you had on my life,” Williams expressed to his teacher. “You taught me things about life that stuck with me throughout, and then you made the class a safe place, not for only me, but for all your students and just for them to be themselves. I’m working with Cheez-It to celebrate the teachers in our lives who got us energized and excited about school. Those that had us feeling the cheezies for education like yourself.”

Williams continued, “I’m excited to announce a $10,000 donation to Dutchtown Elementary with Cheez-It. They will make it in your name and put it towards the classrooms and students in my name.”

Surprised, Hayes responded, “$10,000? You’ve got to be kidding me TJ! I can’t do anything but say thank you and your sponsors for believing in people like yourself, me and teachers across the country. Thank you Cheez-It! I’m just in tears right now. It’s been one of the happiest moments of my life.”


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This is not the first time Williams has used his NIL deals for the greater good. Per On3, Williams has provided groceries and housing to 10 families in Atlanta, GA.

Williams has nearly 30 NIL deals (at the time of this writing).

“I came from a good upbringing, and it’s just definitely the best way I can say thank you to them is just keep grinding, keep pushing and give back,” Williams said as he also thanked his parents, according to the outlet.