Julian Edelman will no longer play football. He announced his retirement from the New England Patriots on Monday. The organization terminated his contract when he failed to pass a physical. Edelman then released a heartfelt video explaining his decision to retire from the NFL.
Edelman caught passes thrown by the GOAT Tom Grady. Together they won three Super Bowl rings. The 5’10” receiver played with an exuberant amount of chips on his shoulder. The Pats picked the Kent State talent late in the draft, like 7th-round-late. He worked hard and overcame many odds, building a 12-year career with New England.
Patriot’s Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said, “Julian Edelman is one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history. There aren’t many players who earn an NFL roster spot at a position they have never played before.”
Tom Brady, also a late draft pick, threw nothing but praise at his former receiver on Instagram. “That was when you shined the most. On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through. I was a witness to so much of the journey and am so proud of you and you grew from a 7th round underdog to an older 7th round underdog. The truth is, you never really grew up! You never lost that chip on your shoulder. You never let anyone define you as a person or player.”
Julian Edelman took home the MVP trophy after the Pats won Super Bowl LIII. He caught 118 passes for 1,442 yards in 19 total postseason games. He retires as one of the Patriot’s greatest receivers. Of course, football fans are tossing around the idea that Edelman might reverse his decision and join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay like Gronk did, but we’ll see.