BRAYLON EDWARDS is a man of his word.
Even when those words come back to bite his wallet.
In 2005, while a rookie with Cleveland, Edwards promised to give $10,000 in scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they graduated high school with a 2.5 GPA average and committed to at least 15 hours of community service.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Edwards, now with San Francisco has to make good on that promise to 79 students who met the criteria. According to the report, many of those kids are attending Ohio-area colleges but a few are headed to top-tier institutions like Harvard, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
"Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn't be here," David Gholston, one of the lucky students currently attending Bowling Green, told ESPN.
But here's the kicker: Edwards, who left the Browns in 2009, is only collecting a $1 million base salary from the Niners this season, barely more than the $790,000 he'll have to shell out to make good on his decree. On top of that, Edwards supplied the students with laptops upon entering college, depleting his annual salary even more.
But Edwards sees it as a way to give back. He and his mother developed the program to help others on the back of his own God-given talents. In this case, it's all about sharing the wealth for Edwards, who simply admitted:
"I'm supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance."
Sawicki Motors, of Rochelle, Ill., is lighting a match under the Chicago Bears this weekend with one hell of an incentive. According to the Rockford Register-Star, if the Bears shut out the Packers the dealership will give away free cars.