New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman signals a first down against the Miami Dolphins during an NFL football game at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Mass. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)
“JULIAN, GET IN YOUR SPOT!” yelled seven-time super bowl champ Tom Brady to recently retired and patriots legend Julian Edelman. The New England wide receiver announced his official retirement, and today, we’re going to explore a little bit of his life and his exciting NFL career.
Coming out of Redwood City, California, the 5’10 receiver from Kent State University was drafted in the 7th round as the 232nd overall by the New England Patriots during the 2009 NFL Draft. Although in college he played quarterback, Patriots offensive coordinator Erhardt-Perkins and receiver coach Chad O’Shea had other plans for him.
Not only does Edelman play wide receiver, but he’s also played special teams serving as a punt and kick returner, having a total of 1,986 career yards with four touchdowns. You’re probably reading this thinking, “wow, he’s a multi-dimensional player” little did you know that he’s also played a little bit of defense as well. From his last three seasons, he has also relived his quarterback days, recording a total of 128 passing yards and one touchdown.
In his 11 seasons with the Patriots, Edelman has a career total of 6,822 receiving yards, 620 receptions, and 36 touchdowns. Statistically, it’s not bad at all, but stats sometimes don’t tell the whole story. Besides being Tom Brady’s favorite receiver, Edelman is mainly known for making all the big catches for the Patriots. With that in mind, he is also a Super Bowl MVP winning it against the 13-3 win against the rams in 2018.
New England Patriots Julian Edelman (#11) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, February 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Although he’s not a big-name wideout like Randy Mossand Jerry Rice, he’s still a patriots legend, three-time Super Bowl champion, and a Super Bowl MVP. Not to mention he has one of the craziest catches in Super Bowl history.
Congrats on retirement; we’ll probably see you on the Buccaneers in the near year or two!