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Braylon Edwards gives $10,000 each to 79 college students

December 23, 2011 |  8:45 am

FabforumNow this is a story worthy of the holidays. As a Cleveland Browns rookie in 2005, Braylon Edwards announced he'd give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could graduate high school with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and 15 hours' community service.

Six years later, 79 met the criteria and have begun their first year of college in campuses all across the country, including Harvard.

"Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn't be here," Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN's Rick Reilly.

Now, most people would think writing $790,000 in checks would be enough, but Edwards went one step further. In addition to the $10,000, he provided each of the students with a laptop computer.

"I'm supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance," Edwards said.

But that's not the only amazing part of the season. Edwards is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His salary for this season? $1 million. In other words, he has donated almost his entire salary this season to help those 79 kids.

It's easy to focus on all the negative stories that come out of the sports world, so it's nice to report on something as wonderful as this.


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Photo: Braylon Edwards with the Browns in 2009. Credit: Andrew Webber / US Presswire.