Nick Fairley starred in both football and basketball while a student at Williamson High School, earning all-state honors in both sports and helping the Lions to a state basketball championship. He has since gone on to help Auburn win a national title in football and establish himself in the NFL.
But he hasn’t forgotten his alma mater. Fairley recently returned to Williamson and presented the school’s athletics department with a donation for $5,000, which was presented at a recent Lions football game.
Williamson principal Kirven Lang said Fairley has given a donation to the school annually since becoming a professional.
“We want to really thank Nick Fairley for that contribution,” Lang said. “I know he’s going through a lot right now, but it really helps us out by him giving back to the program to help others.”
Fairley, a member of the New Orleans Saints, is not playing this year after he was diagnosed with a potentially serious heart condition.
Fairley, who won the Lombardi Award as college football’s top lineman in 2010, also conducts a free annual camp for young football players, cheerleaders and dance team members at the school.