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Posted on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:13 p.m.

Former Michigan star Braylon Edwards honors promise he made to 8th-graders in 2005

By Staff


Braylon Edwards.

Paul Sakuma | AP Photo

Former Michigan football player Braylon Edwards kept a promise he made in 2005, and it means he is playing for free this season in the NFL.

ESPN's Rick Reilly caught up to Edwards, who promised 100 eighth-graders that he'd give them $10,000 toward college if they carried at least a 2.5 grade-point average, did 15 hours of community service and were exemplary students. Seventy-nine of the 100 in the program met the requirements.

Edwards, who was a rookie with the Cleveland Browns when he made the promise, now is with the San Francisco 49ers. His promise is basically equal to his current salary.

"That's how it goes sometimes in life," Edwards said in a video interview with Reilly. Watch the complete story below.



Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 9:13 a.m.

What a tremendous gift to give to those young men and women. The opportunity to better themselves and in return give back to their communities. That is the definition of a man, being accountable for his actions and fulfilling his obligations. Braylon Edwards kept his word. Michigan Men continue to change the world for the better on a daily basis. A story of positively influencing lives while affording an opportunity to better themselves and pen ultimately their communities is much needed and as stated prior should be resonated nationally. This story provides a much needed shot of positive humanity during the holidays. Thank you very much. Go Blue!

Elaine F. Owsley

Tue, Dec 27, 2011 : 4:24 p.m.

And perhaps this is the beginning of a "pay it forward" goal by the kids who benefited from his gift.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 7:31 p.m.

I agree with "Patriot," this SHOULD be national news. Regardless of his alma mater, this type of action speaks volumes about his character.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 10:48 a.m.

Braylon Edwards also just caught another touchdown against michigan state fwiw......


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 3:29 a.m.

. . . . . and why isn't this national news!!!! This is a story that everyone should hear about - a sports figure of integrity and conviction. This is a sportsman who deserves to be honored by the NFL and made a role model for other "professionals" to follow.


Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:41 a.m.

This is superb! This is actually putting his "money where his mouth is..." It has to be more than a PR stunt since it costs upwards of a million big ones!

Laurel Erickson

Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:40 a.m.

Wow -- I'm truly impressed!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 11:31 p.m.

Congratulations young man. The giver of gifts usually ends up being a bigger receiver in the end. You are to be commended for your kind act.

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

A Christmas story, at last!!!!! A man of honor and his word. Those who remained, became champions!!! Mr. Edwards, you're my hero!!!


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 8:04 p.m.

I wonder if this is where the writers of The Office got the idea for "Scott's Tots"... at least Braylon's tots are getting what was promised instead of lithium batteries.

Ted Bundy

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

Wow! Just when ya are convinced the world is a rotten, corrupt and hopeless spinning sphere of galactical mass--a story like this makes the paper! What a honorable Michigan Man.