ray edwards & fans*TMZ is reporting that Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards paid up this weekend on one of the coolest fan contests imaginable — and treated one lucky winner to a baller trip to Las Vegas … including awesome seats to the Floyd Mayweather fight Saturday night.

It was all part of Edwards’ “Dare to Be Different” contest, designed to give away a trip to Edwards’ biggest fan … who really needs a vacation.

A rep for Edwards tells TMZ he shelled out for two first class tickets for winner Chantel Snow and a friend ($1,250). He also paid for hotel accommodations at MGM Grand ($1,100), meals on Friday and Saturday ($3,000), a private limo and driver for their whole stay ($2,000), a private cabana at the Hard Rock pool ($900), tickets to the fight ($1,500/ea), VIP booth at the club Friday ($2,500).

A runner-up drove up to Vegas on his own dime, but all he got to do was meet Ray and watch him train.

It obviously sucks to be a runner up.