As much as Julian Edelman was a fan favorite in New England, he was so popular in the team’s building.
There was no better evidence than the testimony of patriot coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft after Edelman announced his resignation on Monday evening. Belichick called his former recipient « the ultimate competitor » and said it was a privilege to coach him. Kraft declared Edelman to be one of the franchise’s greatest success stories.
« In every way that defines an elite NFL career – wins, championships, production – Julian has it all: » Few players can match Julian’s successes during this period, but given his career and longevity, this is Group even more selective. It’s historical. This pays homage to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical resilience and his will to excel. Julian was always the same day after day: everything was over. Then, in the greatest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best and most exciting performances.
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“With everything Julian has done for our team, what I can appreciate most is that he was the epitome of a throwback player. He could and did everything – catch, run, throw, block, return, cover and attack – all with an edge and demeanor that under no circumstances would allow him to fail. Julian Edelman is the ultimate competitor and it has been a privilege to coach him. »
“Julian Edelman is one of the great success stories in the history of our franchise. There aren’t many players who get an NFL roster spot in a position they’ve never played before. Not only did Julian do this as a seventh round draft selection, but he’s retiring with the second most popular career receipts in franchise history and as a three-time Super Bowl champion, including his last as a Super Bowl MVP.
“Nobody is more dedicated to their craft and improving their skills than Jules. His off-line explosiveness, the quickness of his cuts, and the ability to evade after being caught made him one of the hardest to defend players of his entire career. His clutch catches in our biggest games and his general toughness made him a fan favorite.
“For the past 12 years I’ve enjoyed watching him grow as a player, as a person and as a father. In 2019 I had the privilege of traveling to Israel with Julian. This could be the only place he’s more popular than here in New England. «
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