One hundred Cleveland High School students are a bit happier today, as they all will be attending the colleges of their choice on the dime of New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Back in 2008, Braylon promised 100 Cleveland High students that he would put them through college if they could maintain a 2.5 grade point average or higher, as well as perform 15 hours of community service. Keeping to his word, he is now sending them all off to college, for a total value of about $1 million.
Yesterday Braylon tweeted,
“As the 2nd most hated man in Clevland & a man of my word, today I will honor a promise made to 100 students in Cleveland years ago. The last of my Advance 100 students will graduate from my program and head off to college on scholarships that I will provide them with. Guys, enjoy and embrace your new beginnings and remember your promise to me, to reach back & help someone else along the way.”
A former University of Michigan receiver and a Detroit native, Edwards, 28, was a first-round draft pick of the Browns in 2005. His time in Cleveland was sometimes marked by controversy and in October 2009, the Browns traded him to the Jets.
Edwards, who caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns last season, is currently unsigned but says he would like to return to the Jets.