Former NFL Star Braylon Edwards’ Quick Action Saves Elderly Man from Locker-Room Attack


Braylon Edwards, renowned for his football legacy with the Michigan Wolverines and eventual selection as the third overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, intervened in an altercation involving an elderly gentleman.

The incident transpired in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where Edwards witnessed a 25-year-old man assaulting an 80-year-old individual at the Farmington Family YMCA on March 1.

Edwards, the former wide receiver for Michigan college and subsequent player for teams such as the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, was present at a YMCA in the Farmington Hills vicinity when he became aware of a disturbance occurring in the locker room. 

Upon investigating, Edwards discovered a 25-year-old individual assaulting an elderly man, prompting him to swiftly intervene.

Braylon Edwards Intervenes, Prevents Potential Tragedy

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JUNE 16: Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets during the first practice in Metlife Stadium on June 16, 2010 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey

According to Edwards, the assailant had seized the victim’s head by his hair and appeared poised to forcefully strike it against a nearby surface when he intervened to prevent further harm.

Following the incident, law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene and informed Edwards that his timely intervention likely averted a potentially life-threatening situation for the elderly man.

Law enforcement officials report that the 25-year-old assailant was apprehended as he tried to escape the area and is currently detained in custody.

Edwards, a recipient of All-American honors and named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2004, continues to hold the record for receiving yards at Michigan University, amassing a total of 3,613 yards throughout his four-year collegiate career

During his senior year, he achieved a career-best performance, securing 1,391 receiving yards and catching 15 of his 39 career touchdowns.

Subsequently selected as the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, Edwards spent five seasons with the team, accumulating 3,697 yards and 28 touchdowns. 

Although he attained one 1,000-yard season in 2007, resulting in his sole Pro Bowl appearance, Edwards later played for the New York Jets for three seasons, as well as brief stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Despite his numerous career achievements and standout moments, Edwards remained active as a Good Samaritan within his community, as evidenced by his prompt actions in saving another individual’s life, as acknowledged by officials.

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