Last night in Atlanta, Georgia the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53. The victory gives New England it’s sixth title in 18 years and ties them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most championships in NFL history.
Neither team played particularly well, but Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman had a great game securing 10 passes for 141 yards. The Rams had no answer for him as Tom Brady would continually find him open play after play.
With this performance, along with his other postseason heroics, the topic of whether or not Brady’s security blanket belongs in Canton, Ohio has become a legit question. My answer to that question is no for multiple reasons.
First of all, Edelman does not have the regular season numbers to be inducted. He has only had two 1,000 yard seasons and has accumulated less receiving yards in his career than former tight end Todd Heap.
Secondly, there are only 27 receivers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Are you willing to say that Julian Edelman is a top 30 receiver ever? Because that is what you’re doing if you are lobbying for him to get a bust. I don’t even know if Edelman has ever been considered a top 10 receiver during any season of his career.
Yes Edelman has the postseason resumé but he has almost played a full season of postseason football thanks to the greatest coach / quarterback combination in the history of the NFL. Don’t get me wrong, Edelman has been an integral part to New England’s success but it is alright to be a good player and not be in the Hall of Fame.
Either way great for Edelman to beat the odds as a 7th round pick and experience this much success in the NFL. So congratulations to him and the New England Patriots for showing the league who still runs show.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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