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February 21, 2018 Happy Birthday Braylon J. Edwards!

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Braylon J. Edwards. Yes, Braylon Jamel Edwards was born on this day and was promptly put into a Maize and Blue outfit by his Wolverine father Stan Edwards who played for Bo Schembechler. As fate would have it, young Braylon became an outstanding football player who decided to go to Michigan. Big Surprise!

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Braylon J. Edwards 

Unlike his father, Stan, who played running back, Braylon was long and strong. He was also fast and could really catch the football. Yes, he would follow his father’s footsteps to Ann Arbor, but he would follow a different path once he arrived in Ann Arbor!

Braylon knew that BIG things were expected of him at Michigan and he delivered – BIG TIME! Well, he didn’t deliver much in 2001 because he didn’t play much. Braylon was learning the offense and getting used to playing against better athletes than the ones he faced in high school He caught three balls for 38 yards in 2001. After that, it was lights out for three straight seasons!

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Braylon J. Edwards finished his career as a record-setting receiver and first team All-American at Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Edwards was an outstanding player on some very good Michigan teams from 2001 to 2004. He, and his teammates, won a total of 37 regular season games. Their record of 26-6-0 in Big Ten play produced a winning rate of just over eighty-one percent (.813). Michigan won two straight conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Of course, 2004 is the last time the Wolverines accomplished that feat!

Braylon J. Edwards came to Michigan and was given jersey #80. Four years later he was wearing jersey #1 and stood at number one in seven major Michigan receiving records. Braylon ended his career as a two-time All-Big Ten performer, an All-American and a team MVP. Here are some “firsts” that he is associated with at Michigan:

  • First receiver to gain 1,000 yards for 3 consecutive seasons (2002-2004).
  • First man to catch at least one pass in 38 consecutive games 2002- 2004.
  • First, and only, player to record over ninety receptions in one season (97) in 2004.
  • First man to post over 1,300 receiving yards (1,330) in 2004
  • First player to record over 250 career catches (259).
  • First, and only, receiver to record over 3,500 yards (3,541) at Michigan.
  • First, and only, receiver to catch 39 touchdowns.
  • First man to have four consecutive 100-yard games (2003).
  • First, and only, receiver to record 17 games with at least 100 yards.
  • First, and only, Michigan receiver to win the Fred Biletnikoff Award as top receiver in the nation (2004).
  • First man to win the Meyer Morton Award in consecutive seasons (2003 & 2004).

So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Braylon J. Edwards. He was one of the best to ever play at the Big House. Braylon Edwards finished his career as one of the greatest receivers in Michigan football history. Now, he is finishing his degree and that is awesome! Thank you, Braylon J. Edwards for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan Football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braylon_Edwards

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 20, 2018

In what year did Michigan play a Big Ten opponent twice in the same season?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 20, 2018 –  1926

In 1926 the Michigan Wolverines played a home and home series with Minnesota. It turned out great for Fielding Yost’s footballers because they won both games. Of course, this meant that they won the “Little Brown Jug” twice in the same season.

The first game took place in Ann Arbor and the Wolverines bested the Gophers by a score of20-0. The two teams met in the final game of the season in Minneapolis. The game was much closer, but Michigan prevailed by a score of 7-6. Yes, the two teams played twice in the same season, but I’m betting that it will never happen again!

So, Fielding Yost’s final season as head coach finished strong! His team sent him off with a final record of 7 wins and1 loss. They went undefeated in the Big Ten and won the championship for the second consecutive season.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 21, 2018

Who was Coach Fritz Crisler’s first All-American football player?

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