View Full Version : Braylon Edwards a MAN of his word!

12-21-2011, 03:32 PM
Braylon Edwards gave 79 students $10,000 for college (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Braylon-Edwards-gave-79-students-10-000-for-col?urn=nfl-wp14415)

By Chris Chase (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner?author=Chris+Chase)
http://l.yimg.com/lk/api/res/1.2/JSqnDwjOVS7jFkU84K5Tng--/YXBwaWQ9eW1lZGlhO2g9MTkzO3c9MzAw/http://mit.zenfs.com/209/2011/12/braylon-edwards-cornell.jpgAt 22 college campuses across the country, there are 79 students who may not otherwise be there if not for the generosity of Braylon Edwards (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7179/)[/URL].
As a [URL="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/cle/"]Cleveland Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7179/news) rookie in 2005, Edwards announced he'd give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with over a 2.5 GPA and 15 hours community service. Of the 100 who were afforded the opportunity, 79 met the criteria and have begun their first year of college. Many are attending Ohio universities, but the schools represented spread across the country and include Harvard, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
"Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn't be here," Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN's Rick Reilly (http://search.espn.go.com/braylon-edwards/videos/6).
Edwards and his mother developed the Advance 100 program as a way to give back. The way they saw it, they were blessed with Edwards' football abilities and felt the need to help out others with their good fortune. Though they didn't expect so many of the students to fit the criteria (only half of Cleveland public school students graduate high school), Edwards didn't shy away from his commitment. In fact, he increased it.
The 79 students were provided with laptops and other supplies to help them out when they arrived on campus.
"I'm supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance," Edwards said.
Edwards hasn't played for the Browns in two years. He's a member of the San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sfo/) this season and is earning a $1 million base salary for the year, just about what he'll pay those 79 students he promised to help years ago.

12-21-2011, 03:33 PM
I may have hated his Diva ways, but I cannot do anything else but respect him as a MAN.

12-21-2011, 03:38 PM
Nice one, Braylon.

Great to see an NFL player who's complicated in a good way.

Because I'm the eternal cynic, I'd like to remind Braylon that being uber-good guy won't get you any closer to Canton.

12-21-2011, 04:02 PM
very nice

For as much media attention players breaking the law get, this is far more then norm. I think every week of the year you can find a player from any team doing something charitable for either their hometown or their teams

12-21-2011, 04:10 PM
Scott's Tots?

12-21-2011, 04:31 PM
Scott's Tots?

He didn't give them Laptop batteries though.

12-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Respect, especially since his base is $1 million. There's a lot of pessimistic ways to frame this but the bottom line is he didn't have to do this and it's a legit good deed for a lot of people.

12-21-2011, 04:42 PM
Scott's Tots?

LOL I thought the same exact thing!

12-21-2011, 04:44 PM
21 kids couldn't get a 2.5 in high school?

12-21-2011, 04:47 PM
That's pretty awesome.

12-21-2011, 04:48 PM
21 kids couldn't get a 2.5 in high school?

Half of the average Cleveland kids don't graduate at all. It's not surprising that some kids just stop giving a **** about school and don't graduate.

Also, he was the third overall pick back when there was no rookie wage scale, so i'm pretty sure he's not hurting for cash.

12-21-2011, 05:03 PM

12-21-2011, 05:15 PM
I still strongly dislike him, but he did a great thing here.

12-21-2011, 05:21 PM
Many things you can say about old stone hands but he kept his word and I respect that

12-21-2011, 06:48 PM
Big respect for Braylon after this!

12-21-2011, 06:53 PM

That just makes you want to cry.

12-21-2011, 08:38 PM
he's a hero, until they find out the laptops are running on windows vista.

12-24-2011, 06:15 PM
This is an amazing act by Braylon; very generous. Especially for a city he no longer likes and a city that has VERY mixed opinions of him.