Braylon Edwards steps up for college kids

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Braylon Edwards steps up for college kids

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards is having a tough year for the 49ers, but his generosity is making life easier and college possible for 79 students. According to Yahoo's Shutdown Corner blog, Edwards committed to 100 Cleveland area eighth graders in 2005 that he'd donate 10K in scholarships for each student if they could graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA or above, and give 15 hours of community service.
79 students met Edwards' criteria and are beginning their first year of college in 2011. Students are attending schools in Ohio and all over the country, including institutions such as Harvard, Cornell and Johns Hopkins. The story also says Edwards provided laptops and supplies as the students began their first year in school. Edwards is in the middle of a one-year, 1 million contract with the 49ers -- just about what he'll be donating as part of the Advance 100 program he began with his mother in 2005.
Edwards, hampered by shoulder and knee injuries, has played in just eight games this season for San Francisco. He has 14 receptions for 172 total yards.

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon in the third round with the No. 66 overall pick.

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the pick at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection this year.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."