Braylon & Stanley Edwards

Braylon Edwards and the "Helmet Hut Chromosome"

The current Biletnikoff winner, college football All American, and the third overall pick (Cleveland Browns) in this years NFL draft has something in common with you and me. No, it's not his new Bentley GT or future investment portfolio. We share something even more special. We were all born with that extra "Helmet Hut Chromosome" -- the inherent ability to cherish, honor and enjoy football's golden era, an era that is best symbolized by those wonderful old Riddell suspension helmets.
Braylon acquired his appreciation for football's glorious past directly from his father Stanley Edwards. Stanley preceded his son at the University of Michigan where he was a standout running back for the Wolverines (1977-81) before playing in the NFL with the Houston Oilers (1982-86) and Detroit Lions (1987). Much of Braylons's current success is grounded in the lessons and stories that have been passed on from his father's own past experiences. Although Braylon will make his mark in the modern era of football he has not forgotten the game's storied past and the inspiration he has derived from it.
In what might be Detroit's social event of the year Braylon invited over 1,000 guests, including former teammates, coaches, friends and relatives to a gala event this weekend at General Motors World Headquarters to celebrate both his graduation from college and a promising professional football future. It was Braylon's way of saying "thank you" for their strong and long-standing support. Needless to say, his father was the guest of honor. In a most interesting way Braylon also expressed his appreciation for the vintage era of football that was instilled in him as a youth by his father. Braylon had authentic reproductions of "classic" UM and Cleveland Browns suspension helmets proudly positioned front and center of his own modern era game worn college uniform and equipment. Braylon's subtle but heartfelt gesture was warmly appreciated by both his father and many others in attendance who understood the symbolism of the tribute.   
Many of us can identify with Braylon's childhood days as a wide eyed impressionable youngster who developed his passion for the football's "golden era" through shared experiences with his father. Hopefully, we will also pass on that passion, or as we call it "the Helmet Hut Chromosome," to our offspring. It is a wonderful and timely thought as we celebrate Father's Day.