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ESPN Interviews Kent State Students for Monday Night Football Story

Posted Dec. 19, 2011

Students benefit from scholarships awarded by former Browns player’s foundation

Kent State University students will be featured in a story about the Braylon Edwards Foundation during ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast on Monday, Dec. 19. The students, all recipients of scholarships from the foundation of former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who now plays with the San Francisco 49ers, were interviewed by ESPN staff for the feature story.

Photo from ESPN taping at kent State University for Monday Night Football storyESPN Feature Producer Tina Cerbone led the ESPN film crew to shoot at various locations on the Kent Campus last Thursday, including the “Fab Fourth” at the Kent State University Library and Risman Plaza.

Freshman sports management major Willie Williams, one of the Kent State students who will be featured in the ESPN story, considers it a blessing to be on the sports network.

“I’ve always wanted to be featured on ESPN, but I never thought it would be this early,” Williams said. “I just thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. The ESPN people were amazing and very nice. They made me feel good and relaxed. I was very happy that they chose me to be one of the kids to interview.”

The Braylon Edwards Foundation was established in 2005 and emphasizes the importance of education by providing scholarships and incentives to young people who demonstrate strong commitment and effort to excel in academics, conduct and community volunteerism.

Williams says the Braylon Edwards Foundation gave him the opportunity of a lifetime and taught him values and skills required to succeed in life.

“They made sure that each and every one of the kids got something out of the program,” Williams said.  “I thank God for Braylon because he did not have to create the foundation. I am very happy that he is a man that is the same when the cameras are off and when they are on. Overall, I pray that he succeeds in all that he does, and I am truly grateful.”

Monday Night Football on Dec. 19 pitches Pittsburgh against San Francisco with the game starting at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Pre-game coverage starts at 7 p.m.

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Photo Caption:
Kent State student Willie Williams is interviewed by an ESPN producer in the “Fab Fourth,” the fourth floor of the Kent State University Library, for a feature story that airs Dec. 19 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Media Contact:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595