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Braylon Proud of His $1M ‘Advance 100’ Program

Posted by Randy Lange on June 10, 2011 – 10:35 am

You may have caught a glimpse of one familiar wide receiver on an unusual network platform as you surfed your morning TV today.

Braylon Edwards made an appearance on CNN’s “American Morning” to discuss his “Advance 100″ program, an educational initiative started by his foundation in 2007.

And an impressive program it is. A large partof it is that for the 100 Cleveland high school students who have met its requirements, each will receive $10,000 toward his or her college tuition. That’s a cool million in help for at-risk kids.

“Growing up in Detroit, I went to public high school there for three years,” Edwards, speaking from Southfield, Mich., told the CNN morning team. “A lot of these kids, they didn’t have support at all. They didn’t have the parents, the grandmothers, the guardians. They have a lot of talent, ability and smarts but no guidance, so they weren’t making the right decisions. I saw that growing up and I just always wanted to help if I could.

“With this program, we showed them somebody actually cared for them, supported them, and they could do the things asked of them in the classroom.”

The requirements set up by Braylon, his mother and father and his foundation, were for each student to achieve at least a 2.5 GPA, work 15 hours of community service a month, and attend twice-a-month workshops, some of which involved learning basic social skills such as tying a necktie, shaking hands and giving speeches.

Besides the scholarships, the students in the program also received school essentials such as laptops and other accessories. And to help them get started on the next level, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland will give each student seven college credits for work achieved in the Advance 100 Program.

“It’s a great program,” Edwards said. “We did a lot with these kids, and I’m proud of my foundation team for doing this the past four years.”

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8 Responses to “Braylon Proud of His $1M ‘Advance 100’ Program”

  1. By IRA on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    Real good thing Edwards has done. Now its time for the Jets to give some to him. I think they will make him an offer. I just hope its enough to keep him. He is a vital part in their offense. Sure you can plug in a WR but Edwards brings a lot to the field that the average WR desn’t have. A lot has been made of the Jets’ very weak 30th finish in the red zone and the improvements they want to make in 2011. Well he is part of the answer to improve on those #’s. Still quite can’t understand why he wasn’t used more in the redzone last year. We all saw how he caught a pass over the middle and dragged two Pats into the endzone in Foxboro plus why isn’t he used more in corner fade routes?

  2. By wayne on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, heartwarming to see your steadfast allegiance to this player. However there has to be three questions about Braylon. First will he revert to the dropsies. 2ndly, can a guy who was part of the problem be the solution? 3rdly, how much does he want..He’s given hints of a Jets discount, but one man’s idea of a discount can differ significantly from another’s. Will the discount be enough to make him more attractive than Holmes. I don’t see how….Holmes SB performance means a lot to Rex..I do agree, best case both stay, especially this year. The CBA will tell. Good to say, it’s the Jets biggest question mark….Is your distaste for Moss as strong as TomSpicer’s? LOL!!!!!!

  3. By Jimmer on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Ira, he does play all out man-football. When you name prima-donna wr’s, his name will never come up. Holmes would come up though, he’s like that home run hitter that swings at wild pitches. Edwards also showed class by keeping his word(which many players would dismiss) to a city he no longer plays in. I don’t know why BE and DK weren’t the primary targets in the red zone. I was wondering that in the middle of the season. RR has a love affair with Holmes cause he’s burned him in the past. But that was Rothlisberger throwing the passes. BE is a much more polished/complete wr in my books.

  4. By IRA on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    Nothing against R. Moss as a person just think 3 teams in one year and they all dumped him tells the story. Even prior to last year he plays when he wants to and takes off too many plays. I can see right now have some very good games for the Jets and when a game is on the line and he hasn’t had enough passes thrown to him he will come up with alligator arms or stop running a route and the ball will get picked off. Sorry like i said two weeks ago i would take a player with less talent who gives 110% every down than a former top WR who has seen his better days and has a bad on the field attitude. Hope Mr T, Rex and Mr Johnson read this. Please no R.Moss. I would even take T.O. instead at least he will play hard.

  5. By IRA on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne, This of course only applies if they lose Edwards or Holmes. Maybe they can restructure some players deals and find a way to sign them both. I guess it would take about 15-18 mill combined per year to keep both WR’s. I really don’t think they will give Edwards more than 6-7 per. Hope i am wrong.

  6. By Jimmer on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    I hope you’re wrong about the 6-7 mil a yr. I’d be fine with 5. The thing about TO, Moss and even Plaxico is they’re near senior citizens in the NFL world. So I’m sticking with BE.

  7. By Alex.G on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    lol Moss the ” SLOUCH” are you kidding please say it ain’t so Joe>>>> they need to keep the chemistry with Sanchez and his receiver’s going. I believe if the Jets offer him a respectable number and commit to Edwards he will stay as he indicated he wants to stay with the JETS. I am hoping #17 does not get suspended from the league for the DUI situation last season at the benefit he went to with some teammates. that would be the only reason I see the Jets not signing him to a contract, 4-6 games would kill our run at the east, with no legit #2 receiver. Holmes and Edwards are must’s. no Moss please he is played out IMO

  8. By IRA on Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

    Jimmer , Why would Edwards accept 5 per when he made that or closer to 6 last year? You know i want to stick with Edwards too but its either him or Cro. I give Cro the edge only because of Rex. Maybe i will be surprised and they can keep both.
    GO JETS!!!!
    7/13 back to normal for the NFL!!!!

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