What a stretch it has been for the New England Patriots since the 2001 season.
First came the head coach that nobody thought would have the success that he now can big about, until the end of time. Then came the quarterback.
Yeah, you know who he is…Tom Brady. The 6th round, 199th pick that ended up winning six Super Bowls for the franchise. But then came along something a little bit different. There was this quarterback out of Kent State. His name? Julian Edelman.
The emergence of New England Patriots legend Julian Edelman
Edelman was undersized. He was a guy that had to get everything through even harder work. We heard the nicknames throughout his career. “Minitron” and “The Squirrel” were only a few nicknames that Julian Edelman had throughout his Patriots career. He really could do a lot of different things on a football field and get away from bigger and sometimes faster defensive players, like a squirrel.
Julian Edelman played for the New England Patriots from 2009-2020. He came in as a guy that could do multiple things. He could play wide receiver. We obviously saw early on he could return punts as well. However, Edelman really took off in 2013 after Wes Welker left and the 5’10 wide receiver found himself becoming Tom Brady’s number one weapon.
Edelman finished his career with three Super Bowl titles, a Super Bowl MVP award after Super Bowl LIII, and over 600 receptions. Not to mention, Edelman is in the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Julian Edelman was as consistent as a wide receiver as could be for Tom Brady. This led the way to a lot of receptions, consistent winning, and some Super Bowls along the way.