One of the great mic'd up moments was hearing him scream "I CAUGHT IT, I CAUGHT IT" while the whole world assumed it hit the ground.My favorite non-Brady Pat ever. Just the toughest motherfucker on the planet, funny as hell (like legitimiately funny... his Burger Tyme videos made me belly laugh at times), and had a knack for making all the big plays.
His catch against the Falcons is the best catch I've ever seen, especially considering the moment it happened.
God, I forgot about that. What a true team player.So many of his 620 career receptions seemed to count; granted, 366 were for first downs. The ratio was even higher in the playoffs: 82 of 118 catches were for first downs. And he'll retire as 2nd all time in playoff receptions and receiving yards, second only to Jerry Rice.
And don't forget he took some defensive snaps in 2011 and 2012 to boost what was otherwise a rather horrific secondary. #11 should be a shoo-in for the Pats Hall of Fame. Doubt he'll sniff the NFL HoF, but wouldn't be surprised if his name at least is mentioned in passing due to his playoff numbers.
Well, per Skrubby, we can always use more threads!Is there a thread about him leaving?
In fairness, and hopefully as some consolation, Matthew Slater is senior to Jules, drafted a year ahead of him. Slater is the last active player bridging the two eras of the dynasty, as he played as a rookie on the 08 team with Rodney, Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour, Faulk, etc.I'm absolutely gutted by this. I think mostly because I hadn't been paying attention and didn't realize he was still injured. I also didn't know he was thinking about retiring.
He'll be missed. With Jules retiring, we can close the book on the Brady era.
Agreed and agreed. Well, maybe less so on point 1Well, per Skrubby, we can always use more threads!
In all seriousness, he was a joy to root for as a Patriot. I suspect he will have lots of options in media etc but if he did something with the team or the league or coaching in general that wouldn't surprise at all.
Was thinking more offensively, but fair enough.In fairness, and hopefully as some consolation, Matthew Slater is senior to Jules, drafted a year ahead of him. Slater is the last active player bridging the two eras of the dynasty, as he played as a rookie on the 08 team with Rodney, Bruschi, Vrabel, Seymour, Faulk, etc.
Of course he ends the announcement in a funny way. I love Jules, easily my second favorite patriot of all time after Brady, and my third favorite athlete ever after Brady and Ortiz. So many huge moments, and such a fucking warrior. Easily the toughest player I’ve ever seen. New England hof first ballot without a doubt. And a great guy off the field, I met him once and he was hilarious and awesome, and his advocacy against antisemitism in sports is great to see. Honored to have watched him play, and love to see him retire a patriotView: https://twitter.com/Edelman11/status/1381722282570170373
Official retirement video from Edelman
This is stunning.Thanks, Jules. Subject matter of the favorite drawing/painting I've ever created, solely because it was him. You were a warrior.
Also met him years ago. I arrived at a bar maybe thirty minutes early for an engagement ceremony for two of my favorite people. It was 2014 and the Royals were playing the Giants in the World Series. Not sure which game it was, but I took a seat at the bar and was watching pre-game and having a drink. A group sat down next to me. I looked over and it was Julian and a group of three (I think?) of his friends. We made eye contact, he nodded, and we chatted for a second and he said "let's make this a Giants bar for the night." He asked why I was there and I told him the occasion. I thought that was that but maybe two hours later, with the engagement celebration in full swing away from the bar, Julian approached our group and said "I hear congratulations are in order? Who is the lucky couple?!" It was amazing. So on-brand for how he presents on the field and in interviews. I thought he was a fun player to root for prior to that exchange. Loved him after it.I met Julian in person many years ago. I'm 5'10 and feel like I had at least an inch on him. To have excelled in the NFL for as long he did at that size is just remarkable. As someone said upthread, I really hope he's able to live a comfortable life after the beating he took.
This is, by far, the best job at a retirement video I have ever seen. Curious if he goes the media route...View: https://twitter.com/Edelman11/status/1381722282570170373
Official retirement video from Edelman