The City of Cleveland should be very happy with Braylon Edwards today.
The New York Jets WR has backed up his promise to a group of 100 Cleveland students and has donated $1 million towards college educations.
Starting four years ago with a promise to give $10,000 college scholarships to a group of 100 Cleveland eighth-graders as long as they lived up to academic and community service requirements, Edwards has actually picked 101 kids.
It is being touted as one of the largest scholarship programs ever led by an athlete through his Advance 100 program,
“This was not a tax write-off,” Edwards said. “This was something we wanted to do the right way and something I was going to be a part of until the end. I know that some of these kids could have easily steered off the right path or maybe wouldn’t have been able to go to college at all without this, and I just hope someday they pay it forward.”
Edwards wrote on his Twitter acount that he remains “the second-most hated person in Cleveland” after LeBron James.
“You never want to leave anywhere with a sour taste,” Edwards said. “If I never had to come back here for anything else, I’d let this event speak for itself. You’re never going to please everybody. That’s life. You can only try to do your best, and you can only learn from your mistakes.”
“Guys, enjoy and embrace your new beginnings,” Edwards tweeted, “and remember your promise to me, to reach back & help someone else along the way.”