Arizona Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Chase Edmonds said he is using part of his signing bonus to pay off his sister’s $80,000 student loan debt.
Edmonds, the No. 134 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, received a signing bonus of $452,359.
“I love my big sister. That’s just the least I can do for her,” Edmonds told ESPN. “When you’re on full scholarship you don’t realize these bills. These things add up. When my mom told me Morgan’s debt at the time, I said, ‘Wow. If I ever can make it to the NFL that’s something that I would love to do, just to surprise her and pay that off for her so she can really live free and do whatever she wants with her money.’ “
Morgan Edmonds told ESPN she was surprised to learn what her little brother had planned.
“I didn’t realize my student loans were on his radar,” she said. “It’s not something I talk about. It’s not something I complain about. It’s just a reality of going to grad school, unfortunately. I wasn’t surprised, but I was just like … I guess I was surprised.”
Edmonds was a three-time All-American at Fordham, starting all 44 games he played. He set school and Patriot League records in rushing yards (5,862), touchdowns (74), rushing touchdowns (67) and all-purpose yards (7,374).