|April 18, 2006
Former University of Michigan football standout and current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards made history on Friday evening (April 14), announcing a $500,000 gift to create a scholarship endowment for the Athletic Department at the Junge Family Champions Center.
The gift is the largest pledged to the department by a current professional athlete and links the Braylon Edwards Foundation to the No. 1 jersey. The new endowment will be awarded to the Michigan football player who wears the No. 1 jersey. If no player currently wears the No. 1 jersey then the award will be granted to another player who exhibits exceptional off-field behavior and conducts himself as a team player.
Edwards, the 2004 Biletnikoff Award winner, used the evening’s event to announce the endowment and pay tribute to the original No. 1 at Michigan, Anthony Carter, a three-time All-American and the player who made the jersey the most coveted in Wolverine football history. Edwards credits Carter, who was a former teammate of his father, Stan, for providing him with a role model and for being a pioneer in Michigan’s wide receiving game.
Edwards also funded the scholarship to give back to the University of Michigan for fostering his talents into first-round draft pick quality and for providing him with a valuable education. Acknowledging his appreciation for his experiences at Michigan, Edwards said that the scholarship is in part a gesture of thanks to the University for values he learned and for a degree which would have allowed him to be successful regardless of his illustrious football career.
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