Thank you, Julian Edelman

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Damn. Awesome video. Awesome player. Pretty much the most fun guy to root for for the past 10 years.

View: https://youtu.be/KVW_VYxXXf4?t=138

2:18 in this still one of my favorite mic'd up moments of the whole run.
Completely off topic but rewatching that moment almost made me miss Malcolm Mitchell. Such BS that the only good receiver the Pats have drafted in the last decade has brutal injury luck, he's just 28.
 

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I take his word that he's proud to have retired a Patriot. I also think he was a bit turned off by Brady leaving that I can't see a reunion.
Yeah. He literally said in his video that he'd play until the wheels came off and that they had.
 

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Stanley Morgan is to me the greatest WR in franchise history considering the era he played in, the teams he played on and the QBs he caught passes from. But, I’m not going to argue vociferously against anyone who thinks it is Jules. Morgan obviously didn’t have the opportunities Edelman had in the post season, but Edelman made the most of those to say the least.
 

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Just a tough, fearless, heart and soul player and competitor. A joy to watch. A lot like my other favorite non Brady Patriots player, Bruschi. A football playing Jessie who got every last ounce out of his ability. And one of the great characters of Boston sports over the last decade. I wish him a healthy, happy retirement.
 
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Felt like he was a guy who could be counted on every game to compete. We saw that in his last “great game,” the loss to SEA last year, and week in week out for 12 years. I hope he hangs around in some capacity and I wish him good health! Guy definitely took some hits over the years.
 

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I’d almost forgotten but it’s still insane that he spent a significant amount of time at DB in 2011 and mostly didn’t embarrass himself.

He was still mostly a spare parts guy until 2013 when he beat out Amendola and Dobson/Boyce rookie combo to become TB’s go to guy.
 

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Dustin Pedroia and Julian Edelman, two peas in a pod in two different sports, both retire within months of each other. You simply cannot think of either one without having a video highlight tape play in your head and smiling about what tough little SOBs they each were every time they suited up.
 

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Yes Gronk is the star of this play but it's also one of my favorite Jules plays.

View: https://youtu.be/HCaVUCg2W_A
That's good work by Jules and a great effort (of course) by Gronk.

Edelman's block would now probably be penalized as an illegal blindside block, following NFL Rule 12, Article 2, Section 7:

It is a foul if a player initiates a block when his path is toward or parallel to his own end line and makes forcible contact to his opponent with his helmet, forearm, or shoulder.
 

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Damn. Awesome video. Awesome player. Pretty much the most fun guy to root for for the past 10 years.

View: https://youtu.be/KVW_VYxXXf4?t=138

2:18 in this still one of my favorite mic'd up moments of the whole run.
What a nutjob. Like, he suddenly realizes that he sounds completely insane, and he's like "hey my therapist is on my case about that" or "I was only 12 dad, damn"

He's basically what Will Ferrell would write as a Talladega Nights football spoof.

They should totally do that...parody all the Patriots players over the years in one team, with a sociopath coach, pretty boy QB (long-haired Tom), all the different characters, and a league and general fan-base that hates them.
 

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Yeah. He literally said in his video that he'd play until the wheels came off and that they had.
Also, we got an answer to what we were discussing yesterday WRT why the Pats released Edelman before he announced his retirement:

"The Patriots technically released Edelman on Monday, citing a failed physical. But by going this route, the 34-year-old will be able to collect up to $2 million via the injury protection benefit listed in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement." (NESN)
 

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Bill seems to often do things to get the players as much money as possible in these kinds of situations. Getting people bonuses, etc.
 

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Bill seems to often do things to get the players as much money as possible in these kinds of situations. Getting people bonuses, etc.
Shhh, that breaks the narrative that Bill makes everything "no fun" for the players, and that therefore the Patriots will never attract free agents again.

Back on topic: the comparison point I use with Edelman is Troy Brown. 198th overall pick in the NFL draft, #80 had some pretty big graps among his 557 receptions. Brown was Brady' first "go-to" receiver, and was also one of the league's best punt returners, with 3 career returns to the House and a Pro Bowl nod in 2001. And his PR TD in the 2002 AFCCG was yuge. Like Edelman, Troy Brown even played some defense and has 1 career INT to his credit.
 

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Back on topic: the comparison point I use with Edelman is Troy Brown. 198th overall pick in the NFL draft, #80 had some pretty big graps among his 557 receptions. Brown was Brady' first "go-to" receiver, and was also one of the league's best punt returners, with 3 career returns to the House and a Pro Bowl nod in 2001. And his PR TD in the 2002 AFCCG was yuge. Like Edelman, Troy Brown even played some defense and has 1 career INT to his credit.
I think I'm with you here. They're definitely not the same player, but they definitely put it all out there, and were generally great fun to watch. My Brown/80 jersey had been my go-to on gameday for years, but I DID buy an Edelmen jersey back in 2017 that I alternate with it now.
 

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There are so many great Patriots, but he is firmly in my top 4 (TB, Edelman, Gronk, Wilfork). Thanks for everything; the catches, the passes, the youtube channel. Just an awesome dude.
 

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Shhh, that breaks the narrative that Bill makes everything "no fun" for the players, and that therefore the Patriots will never attract free agents again.

Back on topic: the comparison point I use with Edelman is Troy Brown. 198th overall pick in the NFL draft, #80 had some pretty big graps among his 557 receptions. Brown was Brady' first "go-to" receiver, and was also one of the league's best punt returners, with 3 career returns to the House and a Pro Bowl nod in 2001. And his PR TD in the 2002 AFCCG was yuge. Like Edelman, Troy Brown even played some defense and has 1 career INT to his credit.
Brown amazingly had 3 ints (including off Bledsoe and Jon Kitna) that year and was second on the team overall.
 
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That list is quite something. And while I acknowledge that it's just a list of high-profile Boston athletes who have left, regardless of fanfare, David Price is the fucking worst and his finally showing up in the post-season doesn't mitigate all the built-in asshole.
 

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I come back to the clip where Jules returns a punt, and Welker says he is welcome to have the punt return job. BB is annoyed at WW not wanting to compete and asks him if he heard of Wally Pipp. My pal, who I mentioned in Port Cellar, is a high level hoops coach. He uses that clip to show even pro players about competing. Saying Welker was not soft, was a star, tough competitor, but even in the subset of "tough as nails NFL overachievers" there are levels. Edelman was at one time, "If he continues to work at this insane level he can be almost as good as Welker" to a guy just about everybody would take over Welker.
 

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This was a photo I took of Edelman practicing a few hours before Super Bowl XLIX. I got into the stadium just as they opened the gates and he was one of a very few players on the field at that time. And a few hours later...I would see him run this same route just about in this exact spot to catch the go-ahead TD.

It such an awesome moment (saved by Butler) that got even better when I looked at my photos after the game and saw this one - and later learned they added the route the previous night in their walk-through. What a player to watch all these years.

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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.
That's incredible. Thank you for posting that. At the risk of quantifying "clutch:" add in his 5 postseason receiving TDs. If Julian Edelman caught a pass in a playoff game, 74% of the time he'd either score points or move the chains.