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Braylon Edwards was a first-round draft pick in 2005. He's walking in Michigan's graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Michigan great Braylon Edwards takes walk 12 years in making, Jim Harbaugh compares U-M and Italian greats, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get you started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Saturday, April 29, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Braylon Edwards was the third player selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. On Saturday, before the final day of this year’s draft begins, Edwards will walk across the stage as part of Michigan’s commencement ceremonies at Michigan Stadium.

Edwards returned to Michigan in January to finish his degree.

The graduation celebration began Friday night during a ceremony for Michigan athletes at Crisler Center.

Edwards played 112 games in eight seasons in the NFL after Cleveland selected him with the No. 3 pick in 2005. He caught 359 passes for 5,522 yards and 40 touchdowns for four different teams, including San Francisco in 2011 when current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was coaching the 49ers. His best season was in 2007 when he caught 80 passes for 1,259 yards and 16 touchdowns, was named second-team AP All-Pro and was selected to the only Pro Bowl of his career.

Edwards has four hours of classes remaining before he completes his degree in the spring. It is common practice to allow students close to graduation participate in graduation ceremonies. Edwards left Michigan for the NFL 20 hours shy of his degree. He completed 16 of them in the winter semester.

Brady and Totti

Michigan alum Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this past February at the age of 39. The Wolverines have partnered with AS Roma of the Italian Serie A soccer league during this week’s trip to Rome. AS Roma has its own Tom Brady in Francesco Totti, a 40-year-old forward who’s accomplished as much as any player can in professional soccer for both his club and country.

Harbaugh gave his thoughts on the two players to AS Roma’s web site. The two games may differ, but the qualities that have made Brady and Totti great don’t.

Tennis teams advance

Michigan’s men’s and women’s tennis teams advanced to the semifinals of their respective Big Ten tournaments with 4-0 wins on Friday.

The women beat Indiana at Illinois:

The men knocked off Penn State at Purdue:

The teams are both No. 2 seeds. The women face No. 3 seed Northwestern at 2 p.m. today, and the men take on host and No. 3 seed Illinois at the same time. The finals for both tournaments are scheduled for Sunday.

Breakfast links

  • Michigan’s baseball team dropped the opener of a three-game series at Rutgers on Friday, but the softball team swept a doubleheader from Indiana at home.
  • Ohio State is playing at TCU in 2018. The game has been moved from TCU’s home stadium to AT&T Stadium, aka “Jerry’s World,” home of the Dallas Cowboys. Not everyone is pleased.
  • Minnesota athletics is getting a new home on campus, including an Athletes Village.