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Old 12-23-2011   #1
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Very neat story. I like hearing when NFL players do things like this.

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At 22 college campuses across the country, there are 79 students who may not otherwise be there if not for the generosity of Braylon Edwards.

As a Cleveland Browns 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.

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 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
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That's pretty cool!
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Reminds me of a hilarious episode of the office where Michael does the same thing
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Default Re: Braylon Edwards - Making Good on 2005 Rookie Commitment

Was on TV, not only did he give his money, he gave his time, effort, and compassion. I did not know about this, and was really surprised that Braylon wast he one behind this. Most of his publicity is negative, and this was a very nice view on some positive and outstanding things he's done.
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Reminds me of a hilarious episode of the office where Michael does the same thing
Haha this was the first thing i thought of too when i saw the thread title

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Default Re: Braylon Edwards - Making Good on 2005 Rookie Commitment

LOL. What else did he do? Donated like $10-20 for a fun run not realizing the pledge was per mile. classic
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LOL. What else did he do? Donated like $10-20 for a fun run not realizing the pledge was per mile. classic
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LOL. What else did he do? Donated like $10-20 for a fun run not realizing the pledge was per mile. classic
I usually catch on pretty quickly, but since I don't watch Office, this one flew over my head. What did I miss?
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I usually catch on pretty quickly, but since I don't watch Office, this one flew over my head. What did I miss?
Michael Scott did this as welk
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I usually catch on pretty quickly, but since I don't watch Office, this one flew over my head. What did I miss?
from what I remember...

Michael Scott did the same thing to an underprivileged elementary school and when all the students did what they had to do, Michael Scott didn't have the money to send them becasue he thought it would never happen, at least not all of them...
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Really cool story. Braylon Edwards is a stand up dude.
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I usually catch on pretty quickly, but since I don't watch Office, this one flew over my head. What did I miss?
If you want to see the episode, it's season 1 ep 4:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/159643/the...e-the-alliance

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Amid the rumors of downsizing, Michael tries to raise employee morale with a birthday party, despite the fact that the closest birthday is a month away. As the birthday card for Meredith makes the rounds in the office, Michael struggles to pen the funniest birthday message. Meanwhile, Dwight asks Jim to form a "Survivor"-type alliance so they can protect themselves during the upcoming downsizing. Elsewhere, Oscar collects pledges for his nephew's cerebral palsy charity walk. Michael tops everyone's donation by offering twenty-five dollars - not realizing the donation is per mile - and tries to back track on his generous offer.
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Texans should claim Braylon Edwards
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Former 49ers wide receiver Braylon Edwards cleared waivers today. He now is a free agent.
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Braylon has hands worse than Jacoby Jones. Thanks but no thanks.
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Braylon has hands worse than Jacoby Jones. Thanks but no thanks.
Really? I find that kind of hard to believe. You're saying that somehow with hands worse than Jacoby "I can't catch shit" Jones Braylon Edwards has managed to hang around the league for 7 years, catch 341 balls, score 39 touchdowns, and managed a 1200 yard - 80 catch season in 2007.

I'm not buying it. Now maybe he's not the receiver that the Browns thought he would be when they drafted him but his career being what it is demonstrates that he's clearly better than Jacoby Jones.

I would not be upset if the Texans made him an offer. He is without any doubt better than just about every WR on the Texans roster past Andre Johnson. It wouldn't change the fact that we need to draft a WR badly but I'd be curious to see what Edwards could do on the same field as Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter.
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The Forty-Niners cut Edwards even though they only had two healthy WR's other than him on the roster (Crabtree and Brett Swain) and are getting ready for their first playoff run since 2002.

I don't know why they cut him, but whatever it was ain't good, and I don't want any part of him.
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The Forty-Niners cut Edwards even though they only had two healthy WR's other than him on the roster (Crabtree and Brett Swain) and are getting ready for their first playoff run since 2002.

I don't know why they cut him, but whatever it was ain't good, and I don't want any part of him.
He is injured and not helping anyone right now. Knee injury in week 2, shoulder injury in week 9. I don't think the Texans should have claimed him (what would be the point) but if they brought him in and worked him out once he got healthy I wouldn't be upset and if they took a shot like the 49ers did (basic incentive filled contract that wouldn't come back and bite them in the ass) I'd be fine with it.
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