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Braylon Edwards Keeps His Promise

The former Cleveland Brown promised in 2005 to give $10,000 scholarships to 100 eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA with 15 hours of community service and get into college.

Edwards has a base salary of about $1 million with the 49ers, which is only $210,000 more than he will have to pay for the kids to go to school.

The students are spread out across 22 college campuses, including Cornell and Harvard.

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A couple of thoughts

  • I bet he didn’t think this was going to cost him 80% (or more) of his wages when he made the promise!
  • With his challenge, 79 out of 100 students met the minimum requirements. Maybe schools should think about that?
  • We need more guys like that in the NFL. I don’t have any idea what else he is doing with his life, but this is great.
  • He’s gonna get audited. Nothing says “flagged by the IRS” quite like writing off 80% of your salary.
  • If I were his wife I’d say, “Two dropped passes today? Two dropped passes aren’t going to pay for that kids pre-med, is it? Catch the ball Braylon!
  • Sometimes you make a promise to do something, and it sounds like a good idea at the time, but when it comes right down to it, it’s going to cost you 80% of your money.
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7 thoughts on “Braylon Edwards Keeps His Promise

  1. More like all his money! After taxes, he’s not going to have much left. And on top of that he bought all the kids laptops and other things they would need in college. I love this story – these are the kinds of sports role models we need inspiring kids to beat the expectations and do more!

    1. So crazy, right? I’m thinking there must be something left. Let’s hope dude got some endorsements or something. Sheesh. 

  2. do you remember the episode of The Office where michael scott had promised the same thing (or something very similar), and went back to the school 10 years later to find that they had taken him very seriously, and all these kids thought of him as their benefactor?  it was one of the most painful (and hilarious) episodes.

    1. Imagine how surreal it was for Braylon. He had to be like… “THAT’S MY LIFE!” The Office… so strangely true to life.

  3. I bet he only made that promise once…

  4. In 2005, he made a $6.5 million signing bonus, made about $4.5 million per year for 2008 and 2009, signed for $4.3 million with a $1 million bonus in 2010 with the Jets…he’s alright.

  5. In 2005, he made a $6.5 million signing bonus, made about $4.5 million per year for 2008 and 2009, signed for $4.3 million with a $1 million bonus in 2010 with the Jets…he’s alright.

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