The Patriots look a little different now a days. We know that the legendary quarterback and the fun-loving, great tight end are now soaking up the sun in Tampa Bay. But one guy that’s still around is wide receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman is entering his 12th overall with the Patriots (11th playing after missing all of 2017 with an ACL injury) and is now the veteran leader of this team. Today just so happens to be Julian Edelman’s birthday!
Today is Julian Edelman's 34th birthday.
A 3-time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots, Edelman has 599 receptions for 6,507 yds and 36 TD in his NFL career. pic.twitter.com/2H52JM15j9
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 22, 2020
With Edelman’s birthday coming today, let’s look back at some of his best moments as a Patriot.
The Performance in Super Bowl LIII
This was arguably Edelman’s best performance. Keep in mind, this was after everything he’d been through. He lost his whole 2017 season and was suspended for the first four games of 2018. Edelman straight up balled out this game. He finished with 10 receptions for 141 yards. Even though he didn’t find the end zone, Edelman was a thorn in the Rams side that whole game. They couldn’t cover him and Edelman knew it too. Edelman ended up garnering the MVP award in this one, rightfully so. He’s had his individual moments which we’ll get to in a minute. But as a whole game goes, this was arguably his best one yet.
The Super Bowl 51 Catch
Man, this catch will always be crazy to me. For Edelman to turn his body in a completely different direction and make that catch was nothing short of spectacular. The pass could have and maybe should have been intercepted. But for all the times of David Tyree, Mario Manningham, Jermaine Kearse, and Julio Jones making great catches AGAINST the Pats, it was nice to get this one in our favor. It goes to show just how athletic and clutch Edelman is in the big moments. This catch will never be forgotten and will never cease to amaze me.
The Super Bowl 49 Go Ahead Touchdown
It wasn’t a hard catch per say. But it was an important catch. The move to beat his man and go to the outside for an easy touchdown was big. Edelman was always that dependable receiver that Brady could always count on in big moments. That was just another example of it right there. We know that Malcolm Butler is the hero in this game and rightfully so. But to get to that point, you needed a go ahead score and Edelman supplied that for the Patriots.
Offense. Defense. Special Teams.@Edelman11 can do it ALL.
Happy birthday to the 3x Super Bowl champ! 🎂 pic.twitter.com/QwxRxbPOPT
— NFL (@NFL) May 22, 2020
The man really can do it all. The touch that has on his passes against the Ravens in 2015 and the Eagles this past season was remarkable to see. I don’t think people forget that Edelman was a quarterback at Kent State. But, I think people underestimate how valuable Edelman is in the game of football. We might be seeing more tricks be pulled out of the playbook with Edelman this season in New England.
We’ll always love Julian Edelman in New England. It seems like he wants to stick around for the long haul here in Foxboro. It may not be the same team, but at least we have Jules to give us a sense of familiarity. So enjoy your day, Jules. You deserve it and we can’t wait to see you continue to do your thing in a Patriots uniform. Here’s an ode to Julian Edelman if anybody needs a pick me up heading into the weekend!
-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)
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