Former NFL player and University student Braylon Edwards announces return to finish degree

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:50pm

Braylon Edwards, a former NFL wide receiver and University of Michigan student, announced via Twitter he would be returning to the University to finish his degree. In his tweet, he joked that he picked up a rigorous schedule for this semester.



Edwards, who attended the University from 2001 to 2004, pursued a bachelor's degree in general studies prior to his departure for the NFL in the 2005 draft.  

During his time at the University, Edwards played under Coach Lloyd Carr and set both Michigan career and Big Ten records for most games with 100 or more receiving yards. He was recognized as the Big Ten Conference’s Most Valuable Player and awarded the Chicago Tribune Silver Football in 2004.

Edwards was also a member of the University’s track and field team. He ran in the 60, 100 and 200 yard dashes, in addition to participating in the high jump.  

Following his career as a Michigan football player, Edwards was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as a first-round pick in 2005. He then moved between several different teams but spent the majority of his career with the Browns.

LSA sophomore and avid football fan Daniel DeLuca said he appreciates how Edwards has chosen to return to complete his education, unlike many other football players who enter the professional leagues.

“I have no problem with someone coming back to finish their degree,” DeLuca said. “I think it’s cool for him to come back. I know a lot of players try to finish but have to leave early for the draft, which makes financial sense. I think it’s good for him.”

Public response has been mostly positive, with many fans praising his decision to return to the University and obtain his degree.