Julian Edelman

Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kent State and the College of San Mateo as a quarterback. He was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Edelman primarily plays in the slot on offense and as a punt returner; he has also been pressed into service as a cornerback at times when the Patriots have been shorthanded on defense.

Edelman is one of the most productive receivers in post-season history, ranking second overall (behind Jerry Rice) in both post-season receiving yards and post-season receptions. He has played in four Super Bowls (XLVI, XLIX, LI, and LIII). In each of the last three (all Patriots wins), he led all wide receivers in receiving yards. He was named Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl LIII, in which he had 10 catches for 141 yards receiving, more than half of his team's total receiving yardage. He holds the Super Bowl records for career punt returns (8) and first-half receptions in a single game (7). Edelman is the first Jewish football player to be named Super Bowl MVP.[1]

Julian Edelman
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Edelman with the Patriots in 2013
No. 11 – New England Patriots
Position:Wide receiver
Punt returner
Personal information
Born:May 22, 1986 (age 32)
Redwood City, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Woodside
(Woodside, California)
College:Kent State
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 232
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:5,390
Receiving touchdowns:30
Total return yards:2,593
Return touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Edelman was born in Redwood City, California, to Angela (née Gole) and Frank Edelman, a mechanic who owns an A-1 Auto Tech.[2] He has two siblings, Jason and Nicole.[3][4][5] According to the Patriots' media office, Julian was originally raised as a Christian, and his ancestry includes Greek, English, Scottish, Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, and German.[6] Edelman's father is Jewish. His mother was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to German parents who had lived in Belgium.[7]

He was the quarterback for Woodside High School in Woodside, California, and as a senior, he led the Wildcats to a 13–0 record in 2004.[8] During his high school career, Edelman had 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, in addition to 964 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.[9]

College career

After high school, Edelman spent a year attending the College of San Mateo. There, he threw for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns, rushed for a school-record 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns.[10] He then transferred to Kent State University, where he majored in business management.[11] At Kent State, Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback. His senior year, Edelman was the Golden Flashes' leading passer, completing 56% of his passes (153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards), throwing 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was also their leading rusher, gaining 1,370 yards on 215 attempts (an average of 6.4 yards per carry) and scoring 13 touchdowns. His total offense broke Joshua Cribbs's single-season school record, set in 2003.[12][13]


Year Team Passing Rushing Combined
GP Cmp Att % Yds Y/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD Total
2006 Kent State 11 134 242 55.4 1,859 7.7 10 11 124.4 169 658 3.9 7 2,517 17
2007 Kent State 8 98 189 51.9 1,318 7.0 7 9 113.1 118 455 3.9 2 1,773 9
2008 Kent State 12 153 275 55.6 1,820 6.6 13 11 118.8 215 1,370 6.4 13 3,190 26
Total 31 385 706 54.5 4,997 7.1 30 31 119.2 502 2,483 4.9 22 7,480 52

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 38 in
(1.79 m)
195 lb
(88 kg)
4.52 s 1.52 s 2.58 s 3.92 s 6.62 s 36 12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
14 reps
All values from Kent State Pro Day[14]

Edelman was not invited to the 2009 NFL Combine. At his March 12 Pro Day, he ran the short shuttle in 4.01 seconds; the fastest time at the Combine that year was 4.03 seconds.[15][16]

The New England Patriots, who had conducted private workouts with Edelman before the 2009 NFL Draft, selected him with the 27th pick of the seventh round (232nd overall), ahead of Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer, who joined the Patriots as a free agent. Several analysts suggested that the Patriots may have selected Edelman for his potential in a Wildcat formation.[17][18] On July 16, 2009, Edelman signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that included a $48,700 signing bonus.[19]

2009 season: Rookie year

Julian Edelman
Edelman in 2011

Edelman scored his first professional points on August 13, 2009, in a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles, returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, and made the team over former Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis, for whom the Patriots had given up a fifth-round draft pick in 2009.[20]

Edelman missed the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills with an ankle injury, but was activated for and made his first career start in the Patriots' 16–9 loss in Week 2 against the New York Jets, which was also the first game Wes Welker had missed since becoming a Patriot in 2007. Edelman led all receivers with eight receptions for 98 yards, and added 38 yards on two kickoff returns and 2 yards on a punt return, for a total of 138 all-purpose yards.[21]

Edelman broke his arm in the Patriots' 59–0 rout of the Tennessee Titans, and did not accompany the Patriots on their trip to London to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the time of his injury, Edelman was leading all rookies with 21 receptions. He returned with the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he scored his first official NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Brady.[22]

When Welker was sidelined for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL against the Houston Texans, Edelman was once again called on to fill Welker's role; Edelman caught 10 of the 15 passes thrown to him for 103 yards, the first 100-yard game of his NFL career. He finished the regular season with 37 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown. He also made six punt returns as well as 11 kickoff returns combining 304 yards in all on 17 returns.[23]

In the Patriots' Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman caught six passes from Brady for 44 yards, including both of the Patriots' touchdowns.[24] Edelman became the first rookie to score two receiving touchdowns in one postseason game since David Sloan did so for the Detroit Lions in the 1995 season.[25]

2010 season

In the 2010 season, Edelman saw a decrease in playing time; through 15 games, having just four receptions for 14 yards. In the Week 17 game against the Miami Dolphins, with Welker, Deion Branch, and Aaron Hernandez inactive, Edelman capitalized with three receptions for a total of 72 yards, and also with a 94-yard punt return touchdown.[26] It was the first punt return touchdown by a Patriot since Troy Brown returned one against the Carolina Panthers in the Week 17 of the 2001 season, and the longest punt return in Patriots franchise history, eclipsing an 89-yard return by Mike Haynes in 1976.[27]

Edelman set a franchise record by averaging 15.3 yards per return,[28] which was second in the league after the Bears' Devin Hester.[29] For the 2010 season, Edelman played in 15 games with seven receptions for 86 yards and 321 return yards on 21 punt return opportunities.[30] In the Divisional Round against the New York Jets, Edelman had a 12-yard reception in the 28–21 loss.[31]

2011 season

During the 2011 season, Edelman was used primarily as a kick and punt returner. During the Patriots' Week 10 game against the New York Jets, because of injuries to the Patriots' secondary, he was pressed into service as a defensive back during the fourth quarter; he earned his first tackle on defense by stopping running back LaDainian Tomlinson on a play in which Tomlinson injured his MCL.[32]

During the Patriots' Week 11 game on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, he played defensive back in nickel and dime situations. He also returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, which helped him earn his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.[33] In Week 12, he was nominated for the NFL's "Hardest Working Man" for his Week 12 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he made an open-field tackle on Vince Young to prevent a touchdown.[34] For the 2011 season, Edelman played 13 games with four receptions for 34 yards and 584 return yards on 40 kickoff-punt combined returning opportunities.[35]

In the AFC Championship, on January 22, 2012, against the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman played on 27 of 67 offensive snaps at wide receiver, catching one pass that converted a third down attempt, and 27 of 73 defensive snaps at cornerback, often covering the Ravens' Anquan Boldin; Edelman was credited with a forced fumble on the Ravens' final drive.[36] The Patriots went on to win the AFC Championship, but lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants. Edelman had three kickoff returns for 73 net return yards in the game.[37]

2012 season

Edelman's snap count increased in the first two games of the 2012 season, including a Week 2 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which he started over Wes Welker.[38] After suffering an injury in the Patriots' Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Edelman was inactive for the next three games. He then saw limited duty until the Patriots' record-tying Week 11 win against the Indianapolis Colts, in which he had a career day.[39] Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a two-yard touchdown, picked up 47 yards on a single rushing attempt on a reverse play, and returned two punts for a total of 117 yards. The first of those punt returns was a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving Edelman three punt return touchdowns, tying the Patriots franchise mark. In total, Edelman had 105 yards of total offense and 222 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns.[40]

Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Edelman scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter of the Patriots' victory over the New York Jets, in which they tied a franchise record with five touchdowns and 35 points in one quarter; he recovered a Jets' fumble and returned it 22 yards on kick-off return, and then caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady.[41] Although he left early in the third quarter with a head injury, he nevertheless became the first player since the AFL–NFL merger with both a receiving touchdown and a return touchdown in consecutive games. In a game against the Miami Dolphins on December 2, Edelman broke his right foot and was placed on injured reserve. He missed the remainder of the season.[42] Overall in 2012, Edelman played in nine games with 21 receptions for 235 yards and 301 return yards on 20 kickoff-punt combined return opportunities.[43]

2013 season

Edelman became a free agent after the 2012 season. He re-signed with New England on a one-year deal on April 10, 2013.[44]

In the 2013 season opener, Edelman scored both of New England's touchdowns in their 23–21 win over the Buffalo Bills. He also had three punt returns for a total of 32 yards, which gave him a career total of 75 returns for 975 yards.[45] Edelman became for the moment the NFL's all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee.[46]

Edelman had nine catches on 11 attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a historic Week 12 Patriot home comeback victory over the Denver Broncos; the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit to score 31 unanswered points and the winning field goal in the closing minutes of overtime. Edelman outperformed Denver's triplet star wide receivers combined.[47] In Week 17, Edelman became the third Patriots player in team history to catch over 100 passes in a season in the Patriots' 34–20 win over the Buffalo Bills in their second divisional matchup.[48] 2013 became a breakout season for Edelman as he played in all 16 games making 105 receptions for 1,056 receiving yards and 35 punt return opportunities for 374 yards.[49] The Patriots won the AFC East and faced off against the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round. In the 43–22 victory, he had six receptions for 84 receiving yards.[50] In the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos, he had 10 receptions for 89 receiving yards in the 26–16 loss.[51]

Edelman became a free agent after the 2013 season. On March 15, 2014, he re-signed with the Patriots on a four-year deal for $17 million.[52][53]

2014 season

Edelman started 14 games for the Patriots in 2014. He had 92 receptions for 972 receiving yards, as well as four touchdowns.[54] In a Week 9 matchup against the Denver Broncos, Edelman returned a punt 84 yards for his fourth career return touchdown, passing Troy Brown for the most punt return touchdowns in Patriots history.[55] In a Week 14 match up against the San Diego Chargers, Edelman caught a pass from Tom Brady then broke two tackles and ran for 69 yards for a touchdown, it would be the final touchdown of the game that led the Patriots to a 23–14 win.[56]

The Patriots won the AFC East and returned to the playoffs. Edelman recorded his first NFL touchdown pass on his first-ever NFL pass attempt in the Patriots' Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens. After receiving a lateral pass from Brady, Edelman threw a forward pass to Danny Amendola, who scored a 51-yard touchdown to tie the game at 28–28. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the pass was the longest touchdown pass thrown by a non-quarterback player in NFL playoff history, and makes Edelman one of six NFL players with a perfect postseason passer rating of 158.3.[57] In the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts, he had nine receptions for 98 receiving yards in the 45–7 victory.[58]

In Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Edelman led all receivers in yardage with 109 yards on nine receptions (teammate Shane Vereen had 11 receptions). His touchdown reception with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter—his only touchdown reception of the postseason—was the final go-ahead score of the game, putting the Patriots up 28–24. For the postseason as a whole, Edelman led all receivers in both receptions (26) and receiving yards (281).[59][60]

2015 season

On September 10, Edelman started for the Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season-opening game on Thursday Night Football. He led the Patriots in yards and receptions, recording 11 receptions for 97 yards, in the 28–21 victory.[61] In the Patriots' second game of the season against the Buffalo Bills, Edelman got 11 catches, which made it the first time in his career he had back-to-back games with at least 10 catches. Edelman then caught four passes on five targets for 120 yards, against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.[62]

Against the New York Giants on November 15, Edelman suffered an injury to his fifth metatarsal on his left foot that required him to undergo foot surgery on November 16, 2015.[63] He was expected to be back on the field in six to eight weeks, in time for the playoffs, though that was contingent on the recovery process.[64] Through nine games, Edelman had racked up 61 catches for 692 yards and seven touchdowns.[65] Edelman returned for the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs. Edelman had 10 catches for 100 yards to help the Patriots defeat the Chiefs 27–20 and advance to the AFC Championship game for the fifth consecutive year.[66] In the AFC Championship, Edelman had 7 receptions for 53 yards, however the Patriots lost 20–18 to the Denver Broncos.[67] For his efforts in 2015, Edelman was ranked 87th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[68]

2016 season

On September 15, 2016, Edelman was fined $26,309 for a hit on a defenseless player where he hit linebacker Deone Bucannon helmet-to-helmet.[69] In Week 13, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had eight receptions for 101 yards in the 26–10 victory.[70] In Week 17, Edelman got a block by newcomer wide receiver Michael Floyd on a catch and run that led to a career-long 77-yard touchdown in a 35–14 win over the Miami Dolphins.[71] He finished the game with eight receptions for 151 yards including the 77-yard touchdown, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[72] He became the first Patriots wide receiver to receive the award since Randy Moss in 2007.[73] He finished the season with a new career-high 1,106 receiving yards on 98 catches. For his efforts in 2017, Edelman was ranked 71st by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[74]

In the Divisional Round against the Houston Texans, Edelman caught his 70th postseason pass, setting a new Patriots franchise record, breaking the previous one held by Wes Welker. Edelman recorded eight catches for 137 yards in the win over the Texans.[75] With the victory over the Texans, the Patriots set a new NFL record with their sixth straight AFC Championship Game appearance. In the AFC Championship, Edelman caught eight passes for 118 yards in the 36–17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[76] The Patriots advanced to an NFL record ninth Super Bowl appearance.

During Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons, Edelman made five catches for 87 yards.[77] The highlight was an unusually difficult catch in the fourth quarter, where the pass was first tipped into the air by cornerback Robert Alford and it appeared that it would fall incomplete, but Edelman and three defenders (Alford, Ricardo Allen, and Keanu Neal) lunged at the ball, and, after it bounced off Alford's leg, Edelman made the reception just inches above the ground. It was ruled a catch on the field and withstood a challenge from Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. NFL Films called the play, which was chosen for the cover of Sports Illustrated,[78] "the greatest catch in Super Bowl history" in a YouTube video.[79] Edelman's catch sustained a historic comeback for the Patriots, who trailed the Falcons 28–3 late in the third quarter before winning 34–28 in overtime.[80][81][82] In the offseason, Edelman was ranked 71st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[83]

2017 season

On June 8, 2017, Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension with the Patriots, with $9 million guaranteed through the 2019 season.[84] On August 25, in the team's third preseason game against the Detroit Lions, Edelman completely tore his ACL, which prematurely ended his 2017 season.[85][86] He was placed on injured reserve on September 2, 2017.[87] Without Edelman, the Patriots finished 13–3 and reached Super Bowl LII.[88] The Patriots lost 41–33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.[89]

2018 season

In February 2018, it was reported that Edelman expected to be ready to play by the 2018 training camp.[90] On June 7, it was announced that Edelman was expected to be suspended for four games due to a violation of the policy against using performance-enhancing drugs.[91] On June 26, Edelman appealed the suspension;[92] on July 3, his appeal was denied. Edelman missed the first four games of the season, and was activated on October 2. He played on Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts, where he caught seven passes for 57 yards. [93] In Week 8, against the Buffalo Bills, he had nine receptions for 104 yards in the victory on Monday Night Football.[94] In Week 10, in a loss to the Tennessee Titans, he posted nine receptions for 104 yards once again.[95] On December 29, Edelman was fined $63,504 for three personal foul penalties in Week 16.[96] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 74 receptions for 850 receiving yards and six touchdowns.[97] The Patriots finished with an 11–5 record and earned the #2 seed in the AFC in the playoffs.[98]

In the Divisional Round against the Los Angeles Chargers, he had nine receptions for 151 yards in the Patriots' 41–28 victory.[99] In the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had seven receptions for 96 yards in the 37–31 overtime victory.[100] In Super Bowl LIII, in a 13–3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Edelman caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 141 yards, an effort for which he was named MVP. He became the first wide receiver to win Super Bowl MVP since Santonio Holmes did so in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.[101] He finished the postseason with 26 receptions for 388 yards, totals high enough to move him into second-place all-time in playoff receptions and receiving yards behind Jerry Rice.[102]

Edelman's MVP award drew criticism as it came in the same season he was suspended for using an unspecified performance-enhancing substance,[103][104][105] although some articles noted that much of the criticism came from baseball writers.[106] The NFL prohibits players suspended for PED use from receiving awards given by the league or the NFL Players' Association.[107] In a post-Super Bowl interview, Edelman apologized, saying "it'll never happen again."[108]

His performance in the 2018 playoffs has also led to debate over whether he should be considered a viable candidate for the Hall of Fame, despite a relative lack of regular-season production.[109]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 NE 11 7 37 359 9.7 29 1 2 5 2.5 5 0 6 63 10.5 35 0 1 0
2010 NE 15 3 7 86 12.3 40 0 2 14 7.0 13 0 21 321 15.3 94 1 1 0
2011 NE 13 0 4 34 8.5 11 0 4 8 2.0 6 0 40 580 14.5 72 1 3 1
2012 NE 16 3 21 235 11.2 56 3 4 45 11.3 47 0 20 301 15.0 68 1 1 1
2013 NE 16 11 105 1,056 10.1 44 6 2 11 5.5 7 0 35 374 10.7 43 0 6 0
2014 NE 14 13 92 972 10.6 69 4 10 94 9.4 25 0 25 299 12.0 84 1 3 0
2015 NE 9 9 61 692 11.3 59 7 3 23 7.7 12 0 10 81 8.1 19 0 1 1
2016 NE 16 13 98 1,106 11.3 77 3 12 57 4.8 9 0 18 179 9.9 23 0 3 2
2017 NE 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2018 NE 12 12 74 850 11.5 36 6 9 107 11.9 20 0 20 154 7.7 25 0 1 0
Total 122 71 499 5,390 10.8 77 30 48 364 7.6 47 0 206 2,593 12.6 94 4 20 5


Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2009 NE 1 1 6 44 7.3 24 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 28 28.0 28 0 0 0
2010 NE 1 1 1 12 12.0 12 0 1 11 11.0 11 0 2 42 21.0 41 0 0 0
2011 NE 3 0 2 19 9.5 11 0 1 −1 −1.0 −1 0 7 108 15.4 31 0 0 0
2012 NE 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2013 NE 2 1 16 173 10.8 27 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 5 36 7.2 15 0 0 0
2014 NE 3 3 26 281 10.8 23 1 2 19 9.5 12 0 9 143 15.9 45 0 2 0
2015 NE 2 2 17 153 9.0 19 0 1 11 11.0 11 0 1 16 16.0 16 0 0 0
2016 NE 3 3 21 342 16.3 48 1 2 14 7.0 12 0 7 66 9.4 26 0 0 0
2017 NE 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2018 NE 3 3 26 388 14.9 35 0 2 15 7.5 8 0 10 77 7.7 16 0 0 0
Total 18 14 115 1,412 12.3 48 5 9 69 7.7 12 0 42 516 12.3 45 0 2 0

NFL records

Super Bowl records

  • Most receptions, first half: 7[111]
  • Most punt returns in a career: 8


Edelman has been given several nicknames by both fans and teammates. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady nicknamed him "Minitron" after a spike in Edelman's production;[112] the nickname is a play on "Megatron," the nickname for former Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson.[113] Cornerback Darrelle Revis nicknamed him the "Energizer Bunny," citing that Edelman "never quits."[114][115][116] Edelman himself has said his favorite given nickname is "The Squirrel": "Guys call me Squirrel because one time on the sideline I was yelling 'Don't let me get squirrely out there.'"[117]


Although both the Kent State and Patriots websites listed Edelman as 6' 0", Edelman himself has stated that he is 5' 10",[118] as was measured at his Pro Day.[119] (The Patriots website changed his height to 5' 10" during the 2010 preseason). Moreover, even though Edelman is taller than Wes Welker, the similarities in their playing styles led their teammates to dub Edelman "Welker's Mini-Me."[120]

Personal life


Edelman's father is Jewish, and his mother is not.[121][122] During an NFL Network interview in December 2013, Edelman stated that he identifies as Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah; he has become "more attuned to the religion and history."[7] He wore an Israeli-American flag pin on his hat during the November 2014 game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium,[123][124] and also voiced support for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, while wearing an Israeli flag hat following the Patriots win against the Green Bay Packers on November 4, 2018.[125] Edelman further displayed support for the victims of the shooting by wearing a pair of customized cleats with the hashtag #strongerthanhate printed of them in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 16, 2018.[126] Edelman shared a photo of the cleats on Instagram and listed the names of all the victims in the photo's caption.[127]


In July 2016, Edelman was named in a paternity suit filed by Swedish model Ella Rose, whom he had a casual relationship with, naming him the father of her unborn daughter.[128] The news came while he was dating supermodel Adriana Lima.[129][130] After initially contesting paternity, Edelman eventually acknowledged her daughter who was born on November 30,[131][132] though he was not named in the birth certificate as he was not present at birth.[133] He posted a photo of himself and his daughter for the first time on Instagram in December 8, 2016, revealing her name, Lily.[134]


In 2016, Edelman became one of three Patriots (along with Malcolm Mitchell and Martellus Bennett) to publish a children's book. Edelman's book, Flying High, is about a squirrel named Jules who learns to overcome his physical limitations through hard work and the assistance of a goat named Tom.[135] A sequel, Flying High 2, loosely based on Edelman's "greatest Super Bowl catch" against the Atlanta Falcons, was released in December 2017.[136]

On October 24, 2017, Hachette Book Group published Edelman's memoir, Relentless, written with Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston.[137]

Other ventures

Edelman also has his own clothing brand, JE11. He has collaborated with Joe's Jeans on a line of shirts and jeans, and with Cutters Sports on a line of football gloves.[138]

Media appearances

Edelman has made a number of cameo appearances on TV, including episodes of the HBO sports dramedy Ballers[139] and the reality competition America's Next Top Model.[140] He has also presented twice, with teammates, at the Grammy Awards: in 2015 with Malcolm Butler[141] and 2019 with Devin McCourty.[142]

Edelman and Danny Amendola were featured in a 30-minute NFL Network special, NFL Going Global: Edelman & Amendola, chronicling their promotional trip to Mexico City ahead of the Patriots' 2017 game there.[143]

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2014 New England Patriots season

The 2014 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 45th season in the National Football League, the 55th overall and the 15th under head coach Bill Belichick.

The 2014 season would mark the ten-year anniversary of the Patriots third Super Bowl win, when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Despite their championship drought, Bill Belichick’s Patriots remained historically dominant throughout much of the 2000s/2010s. They qualified for the playoffs nine times—missing only the 2002 and 2008 playoffs—reached the AFC Championship five times, appeared in two Super Bowls and, in the eyes of many, solidified Tom Brady’s status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and have had only one losing season, in 2000, which was also Brady and Belichick's rookie season. In 2007, the Patriots completed only the second undefeated regular season in the history of the modern NFL (the first being their division rival Miami Dolphins in 1972), as well as the first since the league expanded its seasons to sixteen games, but only the '72 Dolphins were able to win the Super Bowl. It was achievements such as these that made the Patriots a particularly intriguing target of interest to the media. A miserable loss in week four against the Kansas City Chiefs where they dropped to 2-2, the frequent off-field antics of tight-end Rob Gronkowski and the highly publicized Deflategate scandal were all important chronicles of the 2014 Patriots’ wild season, the latter of which would ultimately result in the four-game suspension of Brady for the beginning of the 2016 NFL season. Despite all this, the Patriots managed to emerge victorious in the end.

The Patriots finished 12–4 for the third straight year, winning their sixth straight AFC East title, as well as the top-overall seed and home field advantage for the AFC playoffs. With their seeding, New England was awarded a first-round bye in the playoffs for the fifth season in a row, the first such occurrence for any team since the league switched to a 12-team playoff format in 1990 (surpassing the 1992–95 Dallas Cowboys). They finished fourth in the NFL in scoring (468 points) and eighth in points allowed (313), and first in point differential (with an average margin of victory of 9.7 points).

The Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 35–31 in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, advancing to their fourth straight AFC Championship game. There, they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45–7 to advance to their 8th Super Bowl and 6th under Bill Belichick. On February 1, 2015, the Patriots played the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. After tying the game 14–14 at halftime and falling behind ten points in the third quarter, the Patriots rallied in the final quarter of the game to secure a 28–24 lead. The win secured their fourth championship in franchise history. The game is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played.

2016 New England Patriots season

The 2016 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall and the 17th under head coach Bill Belichick.

During the season, the New England Patriots became the first team that originated from the American Football League to reach 500 franchise wins—regular season and playoffs—with their Week 12 win over the New York Jets. In Week 15, the Patriots clinched their eighth straight AFC East division title, and in doing so surpassed the 1979 Los Angeles Rams for most consecutive division titles. With their Week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots clinched home field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs and ended the regular season with a league-best record of 14–2. With their win over the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round, the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the sixth consecutive year, surpassing the 1977 Oakland Raiders for most consecutive appearances in conference championship games. After their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots became the first organization to clinch a ninth Super Bowl berth. They surpassed the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and Denver Broncos who are all tied at 8. Furthermore, Bill Belichick broke the record for a head coach by coaching his seventh Super Bowl, breaking a tie with Don Shula.Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season due to his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal. Under backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, the team went 3–1 during Brady's suspension. During the season, Bill Belichick moved into fourth place on the list for most wins as a head coach, and Brady set the record for most wins by a starting quarterback (208 following the Super Bowl win). The Patriots were 8–0 on the road, matching a feat they first accomplished in the 2007 season; they are the seventh NFL team to accomplish this feat.The Patriots set a record for the most pass attempts by a team without an interception to start a season, and, collectively, Garoppolo, Brissett, and Brady combined to set a single season record for fewest interceptions thrown by a team, with just 2. Tom Brady also set the record for the best touchdown–interception ratio in a single season, with 28 touchdowns and 2 interceptions (a 14:1 ratio), breaking Nick Foles's mark of 27 touchdowns to 2 interceptions (13.5:1), set in 2013 while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile, the defense led the league for fewest points allowed (250) for the first time since the 2003 season.In Super Bowl LI, the Patriots rallied from a 28–3 deficit – with 2:12 left in the third quarter – to win in overtime, with a score of 34–28 against the Atlanta Falcons. This would be the franchise's fifth Super Bowl title. Super Bowl LI was the first Super Bowl to be decided in overtime and constituted the first time the winner erased a deficit higher than ten points. This would also be a record fifth Super Bowl victory for the Brady–Belichick quarterback-head coach combo. For Tom Brady, this would be his fifth. With the Super Bowl win, he broke his tie with hall of fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw who both have four wins each. Moreover, head coach Bill Belichick's fifth Super Bowl meant he surpassed Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll (4) for most wins in the Super Bowl by a head coach.


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Danny Amendola

Daniel James Amendola (; born November 2, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2008, played four seasons with the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2012, played with the New England Patriots from 2013 to 2017 and the Miami Dolphins in 2018.

Don Yee

Donald H. Yee (born 1960) is a Chinese-American sports agent and a partner of Yee & Dubin, a sports talent agency. He represents National Football League players and coaches, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman, as well as New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He has been highly praised by media including Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post for his work in representing Brady.


Edelman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Abram Wolf Edelman (a.k.a. Abraham Edelman) (1832-1907), Polish-born American rabbi; the first rabbi in Los Angeles, California.

Adam Edelman (born 1991), American-born four-time Israeli National Champion in skeleton event, and Israeli Olympian

Daniel Edelman (1920–2013), American public relations executive, founder of Edelman

David Louis Edelman (born 1971), American science fiction author

Edmund D. Edelman (1930-2016), Los Angeles, California, politician

Eric S. Edelman, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Turkey(2003-2005), Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2005-2009)

Gerald Edelman (1929-2014), biologist, 1972 Nobel Prize (Physiology/Medicine) for work on the immune system

Gregg Edelman (born 1958), American movie, television and theatre actor

Herb Edelman (1933–1996), American actor

James Edelman (born 1974), a justice of the Federal Court of Australia, and appointed to be a justice of the High Court of Australia

Judith Edelman (1923–2014), American architect

Julian Edelman (born 1986), NFL player for the New England Patriots

Lee Edelman (born 1953), professor and chair of the English Department at Tufts University

Marek Edelman (1922–2009), political and social activist, cardiologist, and the last living leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Marian Wright Edelman (Marian Wright) (born 1939), founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and wife of Peter Edelman

Maurice Edelman (1911–1975), British politician and novelist

Murray Edelman (1919–2001), American political scientist

Natan Eidelman (1930–1989), Russian author and historian

Nufar Edelman (born 1982), Israeli Olympic sailor

Peter Edelman (born 1938), lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and husband of Marian Wright Edelman

Randy Edelman (born 1947), American music composer

R. David Edelman, American policymaker

Richard Edelman (born 1954), president and CEO of public relations firm Edelman

Scott Edelman (born 1955), American science fiction and fantasy writer and editor

Jeremy Lane

Jeremy Rashaad Lane (born July 14, 1990) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He became a member of the Legion of Boom, and was part of Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII-winning team.

Kent State Golden Flashes football statistical leaders

The Kent State Golden Flashes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Kent State Golden Flashes football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Golden Flashes represent Kent State University in the NCAA's Mid-American Conference.

Although Kent State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1920, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Golden Flashes have only played in one bowl game since the decision, the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl after the 2012 season, and sure enough, there is an uptick of entries on this list during 2012.These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

List of AFC champions

The American Football Conference (AFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League, the National Football Conference (NFC) being the other. The AFC has its roots in the American Football League (AFL), which began to play in 1960. In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC.

List of Kent State Golden Flashes in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Kent State Golden Flashes football players in the NFL Draft.

List of National Football League career receptions leaders

The 1,000 Catch Club is a group of 14 National Football League players with at least 1,000 career receptions. The list consists of 12 wide receivers and 2 tight ends.

Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI was an American football game played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017, to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2016 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots, after trailing by as many as 25 points (28–3) during the third quarter, defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Atlanta Falcons, 34–28 in overtime. The Patriots' 25-point comeback is the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and Super Bowl LI was the first to be decided in overtime.The Patriots' victory was their fifth, moving them into a three-way tie with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers for second place on the all-time Super Bowl wins list, trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers who have six victories. New England, after finishing the regular season with a league-best 14–2 record, advanced to their record-setting ninth Super Bowl appearance, their second in three years, and their seventh under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Falcons entered the game after completing an 11–5 regular season record, and were trying to win their first Super Bowl title, having lost their only previous appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII.

After a scoreless first quarter, Atlanta scored 21 points before New England made a field goal with two seconds left in the second quarter, to make it a 21–3 halftime lead. The Falcons then increased their lead to 28–3 midway through the third quarter, with quarterback Matt Ryan completing his second touchdown pass. The Patriots then scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, 28–28, with 57 seconds left in regulation. New England won the overtime coin toss, received the kickoff and drove 75 yards to win with a 2-yard touchdown run by running back James White. When the game ended, more than 30 team and individual Super Bowl records had been either broken or matched. White's 14 receptions and his 20 points scored (off of 3 touchdowns and a two-point conversion) were among these broken records. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who also broke single-game Super Bowl records with 43 completed passes, 62 pass attempts, and 466 passing yards, was named Super Bowl MVP for a record fourth time.

Fox's broadcast of the game averaged around 111.3 million viewers, slightly down from the 111.9 million viewers of the previous year's Super Bowl, while the total number of viewers for all or part of the game hit a record number of 172 million. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Lady Gaga, was higher at 117.5 million. On the following day a number of media outlets immediately hailed the game as the greatest Super Bowl of all time.

Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was an American football game between the three-time defending American Football Conference (AFC) champions New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Los Angeles Rams to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2018 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams by the score of 13–3, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships with six. The game was played on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the first time the Super Bowl had been played at that stadium. It was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the Patriots, led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, defeated the Rams, who played in St. Louis at the time, 20–17, and won their first Super Bowl. This was the third Super Bowl in Atlanta, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, both at the Georgia Dome.

The Patriots had advanced to play in their third consecutive Super Bowl, their fourth in five years, their record 11th overall, and ninth under the Belichick–Brady head coach–quarterback tandem. The Patriots were only the third team overall to play in three consecutive Super Bowls, after the 1990–93 Buffalo Bills who competed in four straight from Super Bowl XXV through Super Bowl XXVIII, and the 1971–73 Miami Dolphins who appeared in Super Bowl VI through Super Bowl VIII. The Patriots also became the first team since the 1993 Bills to return to the Super Bowl after losing the previous one. The Rams made their fourth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, their first appearance in the Super Bowl since moving back to Los Angeles in 2016, and their first as a franchise since Super Bowl XXXVI.

The game marked the first Super Bowl appearance of a team based in Los Angeles since the Raiders' victory at the end of the 1983 season and the 13th meeting in a major sports championship between the city and Greater Boston, which includes the previous fall's World Series in which the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and 11 NBA Finals matchups between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, a historic rivalry in the NBA.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, eclipsing the previous record of 14–7 held by Super Bowl VII, the lowest scoring NFL Championship game since the 1949 game, when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Los Angeles Rams 14–0, and the first Super Bowl with no touchdowns scored by either team in the first three quarters. The Patriots became the second winning team to score only one touchdown (either offensive, defensive, or special teams), tying the previous record by the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, while the Rams became only the second losing team to not score a touchdown, tying the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. Super Bowl LIII was also the first since Super Bowl 50 in which neither team threw a touchdown pass. The Patriots became the first team to win the Super Bowl after losing the preceding Super Bowl since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who won Super Bowl VII after losing Super Bowl VI, and only the third overall.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP.The broadcast of the game on CBS had the smallest Super Bowl audience in 10 years. The halftime show was headlined by U.S. pop group Maroon 5, joined by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as guests.

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award

The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, or Super Bowl MVP, is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's (NFL) championship game. The winner is chosen by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters and, since Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, fans voting electronically. The media panel's ballots count for 80 percent of the vote tally, while the viewers' ballots make up the other 20 percent. The game's viewing audience can vote on the Internet or by using cellular phones; Media voters are asked to vote with about five minutes remaining in the game, but are allowed to change their mind when the game ends. They can nominate one player from each team, with instructions to count their vote for the player on the winning team. Voters cannot select an entire unit.The Super Bowl MVP has been awarded annually since the game's inception in 1967. Through 1989, the award was presented by SPORT magazine. Bart Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Since 1990, the award has been presented by the NFL. At Super Bowl XXV, the league first awarded the Pete Rozelle Trophy, named after former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, to the Super Bowl MVP. Ottis Anderson was the first to win the trophy. The most recent Super Bowl MVP, from Super Bowl LIII held on February 3, 2019, is New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had 10 receptions for 141 yards.Tom Brady is the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVP awards; Joe Montana has won three and three others—Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning—have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years. The MVP has come from the winning team every year except 1971, when Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley won the award despite the Cowboys' loss in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. Harvey Martin and Randy White were named co-MVPs of Super Bowl XII, the only time co-MVPs have been chosen. Including the Super Bowl XII co-MVPs, seven Cowboys players have won Super Bowl MVP awards, the most of any NFL team. Quarterbacks have earned the honor 29 times in 53 games.

Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2014 season. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots defeated the National Football Conference (NFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24 to earn their fourth Super Bowl title and their first since Super Bowl XXXIX 10 years earlier. The game was played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It was the second time the stadium has hosted a Super Bowl, and the third one held in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

With the loss, the Seahawks became the fourth defending Super Bowl champions to lose in the following year's title game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, 1983 Washington Redskins and the 1997 Green Bay Packers. After finishing the previous season by defeating the Denver Broncos, 43–8, in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle completed the 2014 regular season with a 12–4 record. The Patriots, who also posted a 12–4 record, joined the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers as one of the three teams to have made eight appearances in the Super Bowl. For the second straight season, but only the third time in the prior 21 seasons, the number one seeds from both conferences met in the league championship game. Seattle became the first team to appear in consecutive Super Bowls since New England won two straight (XXXVIII and XXXIX).

After the teams were tied 14–14 at halftime, the Seahawks built a 10-point lead to end the third quarter. The Patriots, however, rallied to take a 28–24 lead with 2:02 left in the game. Seattle threatened to score in the final moments, driving the ball to New England's 1-yard line. With 26 seconds remaining in the game, Seattle decided to pass the ball in a highly scrutinized call that resulted in Patriots undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler making a game-saving interception of Russell Wilson's throw. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP) after a then Super Bowl-record 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions (a record Brady himself would break 2 years later in Super Bowl LI).

NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX remains the most-watched program in the network's history, as well as the most watched program in American television history, surpassing the previous year's game. The game was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, with it reaching to 118.5 million during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show featuring Katy Perry, and then peaking to 120.8 million during New England's fourth-quarter comeback.

The Body Issue

The Body Issue is an edition of ESPN The Magazine that features dozens of athletes in nude and semi-nude photographs, which is intended to rival the annual Swimsuit Issue from Sports Illustrated. The first issue debuted on October 19, 2009. The issue was a response to the decline in advertising spending resulting from the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and late-2000s recession that saw a 24 percent decline in ad revenues for the first six months of 2009 compared to the same six-month period in 2008.The 2009 edition had six alternative covers featuring Serena Williams (tennis), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Adrian Peterson (NFL), Dwight Howard (NBA), Gina Carano (mixed martial arts) and Sarah Reinertsen (triathlons). The Serena Williams edition sold the most copies. The 2009 issue was a financial success, achieving double the normal edition sales, greater sales than any bi-weekly issue in over two years and 35 percent more ad sales than comparable issues, which led to plans for extended marketing of the 2010 edition.The edition included the regular sports coverage. In the bodies section athletes were featured on and off the field. Even a picture during a knee surgery was included. The "Bodies We Want" section was a feature of the best bodies in the world of sports all posed nude but with strategic coverage of private parts. Another section showed the damage done to the human body in athletics such as Laird Hamilton's cracked heel and Torry Holt's crooked middle finger. One action photo captured six members of Major League Soccer's D.C. United simulating a free kick defensive wall while covering their genitalia.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era

The Tom Brady and Bill Belichick Era, as commonly referred to by sports writers and fans, is the sports dynasty formed by quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have led the New England Patriots in the National Football League (NFL) since 2000. The dynasty has also been referred to as the "Patriot Dynasty".Brady and Belichick have been considered to be the greatest in their position in league history, and are considered responsible for one of the sport's longest and most dominant dynasties. Whereas the Patriots had only appeared in (and lost) two Super Bowls prior to the Brady-Belichick era, the Patriots have appeared in nine Super Bowls since (more than any other franchise), of which they have won six (tied for all-time with the Pittsburgh Steelers). The team also appeared in eight straight AFC Championship games between 2011 and 2018, and have recorded the only undefeated 16-game regular season. During the Brady-Belichick era, no team in the league has had a winning record against the Patriots, culminating in 18 consecutive winning seasons from 2001 to 2018, while they boast a .784 win percentage against their division opponents.In addition to their role in setting the Patriots' franchise records, Belichick holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances and victories as a head coach, and is tied with George Halas and Curly Lambeau for most NFL championships overall. Brady holds the records for most Super Bowl appearances, victories and MVP awards as a player in any position.

Belichick and Brady have also been credited with helping to create and sustain the culture around the team, dubbed "The Patriot Way", where there is an emphasis on personal accountability, consistent improvement, and a focus on team success over personal gain.

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