Braylon Edwards, graduate of the University of Michigan and wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns made headlines by doing the right thing.
By the way, if you were going to judge the book by the cover:
you might miss a very interesting read.
Professional athletes are not one-dimensional entities consumed with the glitz and glamor of their chosen careers. They are complex persons with as many facets as the rest of us. While the stage may be different, we owe it to one another to look deeper – and to reject simple constructions that are handed to us in sound bites and image packets. If you are the parent of a Cleveland-area youngster today, you should be inspired that Braylon Edwards is more complex than our rapid-fire depictions of jocks can accommodate. You should be doing all that you can to ensure your child gets the support, encouragement and direction needed to take advantage of the opportunity he has created. It’s a beautiful day – and remember, this hasn’t been easy for Mr. Edwards and his next paycheck is only guaranteed through the same type of hard work and diligence your child will need to maximize the value of that scholarship.
None of us are promised tomorrow. Carpe diem!