Braylon Edwards sticks to promise, gives 100 college scholarships

Friday's health and safety news from the world of football:

* WKRK-FM reported that former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards -- who is currently a free agent -- said he will make good on a promise he made in 2007 to pay for 100 area kids to go to college.

While with the Browns, Edwards promised 100 Cleveland high school students that he would pay for their college education if they maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or above, do 15 hours of community service yearly, and attend monthly workshops on a variety of topics. All 100 students did their part, and now, according to, Edwards is paying for all of them to go to college. Each scholarship is estimated to be around $10,000 per person which brings the total amount to $1 million.

"As the 2nd most hated man in Cleve & a man of my word, today I will honor a promise made to 100 students in Cleveland years ago," Edwards tweeted. "The last of my Advance 100 students will graduate from my program and head off to college on scholarships that I will provide them with. Guys, enjoy and embrace your new beginnings and remember your promise to me, to reach aback & help someone else along the way."

* New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro told The New Orleans Advocate that reward outweighs the risk in playing pro football. He has suffered two concussions since his NFL career began in 2013.

Why? Because of his passion for the sport and financial ability to provide for his family, including his 2-year-old son.

"I couldn't walk away," Vaccaro, 23, said after Thursday's offseason team activity. "The reward is greater than the risk, for me."

Vacarro was selected as the No. 32 pick of the first round of last season's draft.

"Being drafted in the first round, my son, my whole family is set for life," he said. I already have money put away, so he's set for life. ... If I (finished) college, maybe he wouldn't be. It would have taken 10, 20 years of working a regular job."

* The Greenville News chronicled the return of former South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver, who is hoping to return to full strength with the San Francisco 49ers from a serious knee injury.

* Fox Sports reported on former NFL defensive back Leigh Bodden's commencement speech to his Hyattsville, Maryland, high school.

* In an editorial, The Boston Globe was critical of President Barack Obama's concussion summit last week.

* Diverse: Issues in Higher Education delved into the research partnership between the Department of Defense and the NCAA that was announced at the summit.

* The State in Columbia, South Carolina, reported on a hotly-debated random drug testing proposal in one of the area's school districts.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor