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Carl Edwards gives away trophy from MIS win

Posted by Keith Murray on August 26, 2008

This is a great story:

Edwards gives MIS trophy to wheelchair-bound teen: A wheelchair-bound Michigan teen got a special gift from one of his heroes over the weekend. Pat and Teresa Byrnes took their son Cody to the Michigan International Speedway so he could see his favorite driver, #99-Carl Edwards, race. “Carl happened to be walking by and we gave him a thumbs up and Cody gave him a thumbs up and he saw his flag waiving on the back of Cody’s chair. And so he stopped, turned around and came back and he came over and he signed his wheelchair and he signed his shirt,” said Teresa Byrnes. The Byrnes were already excited that Cody got to meet his hero, but they weren’t prepared for what Carl Edwards told Cody next. “He looked at him and he said, ‘Hey buddy, I’ll tell you, if I win that trophy today, now that’s if I win, I’ll give you that trophy’,” Teresa recalled. The Byrnes say they began to realize Edwards could win the race when he moved from the 27th spot to first place in about 60 laps. Pat Byrnes says that’s the most nervous he’s ever been during a race. Edwards did win that race. Carl Edwards signed the trophy for Cody with the initials NGU, which means never give up. “Cody, everyday he wakes up and sees it. It’s like he’s realizing it’s really his and he’ll get excited and squeal, for someone to work so hard to get that trophy and then to say, ‘Here, you can have it’. That is the kindest gesture anybody has ever done,” said Teresa.(wlbz2.com)(8-26-2008) -posted from Jayski.com

Last year, Carl Edwards did a lot to harm his “aw-shucks,” good-guy image when he faked taking a swing at teammate Matt Kenseth. Kenseth made the comment that a lot of people were seeing the “real” Edwards with that little show. Edwards has always put forth the forementioned image and tried to maintain it – whether it is real or simply a facade. But this gesture to a disabled, teenage fan speaks volumes about the true character of Edwards. Hearing about this for the first time a week and ahalf after it happened makes me think that this was done away from the cameras and without any desire for publicity from it. It was a great gesture on the part of Edwards and he is to be commended for it.

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