1 Day: A Look Back At All-American Braylon Edwards

Well Michigan fans, we’ve made it! I’m getting goosebumps just writing this…we are one day away. The 2016 Michigan football season is finally here and I could not be more excited. It’s been great going through the summer and recognizing all the greatest players to wear the winged helmet.

The band is ready, The Big House is ready, Michael Jordan is in town and the Jumpman uniforms are ready, Ann Arbor and the fan base is pumped and ready. Are you ready?

With one day left on the countdown to kickoff, we recognize the All-American wide receiver, Braylon Edwards. The Detroit native played football at Gallagher High School playing several positions, then moved on to play at Michigan and several years in the NFL. Below are his highlights and achievements:

College

  • Edwards attended the University of Michigan, following in his father Stan Edwards’s footsteps, where he played for coach Lloyd Carr’s Michigan Wolverines football team from 2001 to 2004.
  • During his senior season in 2004, he set Michigan season records for receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,330), and career records with 252 receptions, 3,541 yards, and 39 touchdowns, a Big Ten record.
  • Edwards also set the Michigan career record for the most games with 100 or more receiving yards. During the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Jeremy Gallon jumped Edwards’ school single-season receiving yardage record with a total of 1373.
  • After his senior season, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award, the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten Conference’s most valuable player, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.
  • Edwards is the only wide receiver in Big Ten history and the third in NCAA Division I to gain 1,000 or more receiving yards in three consecutive years.
  • Edwards finished his college career by recording three touchdown catches in the 2005 Rose Bowl against the Texas Longhorns, tying the Rose Bowl record.

Track and Field 

  • Edwards also ran track and field at Michigan. His indoor 200 meter time of 21.81 seconds was the third fastest in school history at that time.
  • He also ran the 60-meter dash and the 100-meter dash. He placed third in the high jump at the 2003 Meyo Invitational, with a personal-best leap of 2.11 meters.

NFL

  • Edwards was selected third overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
  • Edwards had a breakout season in 2007 and made his first Pro Bowl, becoming the first Browns receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Webster Slaughter in 1989.
  • Edwards broke franchise records for receiving yardage with 1,289 receiving yards compared to Slaughter’s record of 1,236 in 1989 and receiving touchdowns with 16 compared to Gary Collins’s 13 in 1963. Edwards’ 16 touchdowns was also second in the league behind only Randy Moss who set an NFL record with 23 touchdowns.
  • Braylon had his first taste of the post-season in the 2009–10 NFL playoffs.
  • In the Jets first two playoff games, Braylon only had four catches for 56 yards, but in the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts, Braylon caught an 80-yard touchdown pass to give the Jets their first points of the game. He finished the game with two catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, but were defeated 30-17.
  • His career by team: Cleveland Browns (2005–2009), New York Jets (2009–2010), San Francisco 49ers (2011), Seattle Seahawks (2012), New York Jets (2012)
  • Career stats: 109 games played, 92 game starts, 349 catches for 5,397 yards, and 40 touchdowns.

Football Career Awards

  • Pro Bowl (2007)
  • Second-Team All-Pro (2007)
  • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2003, 2004)
  • Unanimous All-American (2004)
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award (2004)
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football (2004)
  • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2004)

The countdown is finished, everyone is ready, cheers to the start of fall and Michigan football.

Go Blue!

David Noe