Born on May 22nd, 1986, Julian Francis Edelman is a wide receiver playing for the National Football League's (NFL's) New England Patriots. He started off playing football at a college level with Kent State and San Mateo in the quarterback position before being drafted in the 2009 NFL draft's seventh round by the Patriots, with whom he won the Super Bowl 49 and 51.
Julian Edelman #11 WR
Ht / Wt: 5' 10", 200
College: Kent State
Drafted: 2009: 7th Rnd, 232nd Pk
Experience: 8th season
Did You Know?
Edelman, with his ex-partner Ela 'Ella Rose' Gabinegovic, have a baby daughter, Lily-Rose Mary Edelman, who came into the world on November 30th, 2016.
His Patriots teammate, Tom Brady, hails from San Mateo, California, close to his own home in Redwood City and where he attended school.
He made his mark in Super Bowl 51 (2017) by making what was considered an 'impossible' catch which led to their victory after fighting back from a 25-point deficit.
He identifies as a Jewish Christian, claiming Scottish, Greek, Irish, German, English, and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
Though he played as a quarterback in college, he converted to the wide receiver position following his 2009 NFL draft.
High School Career
Edelman attended Woodside High School located in Woodside, California, at which he would play football in the quarterback position. In 2004, his senior year, he would lead his team, the Wild Cats, to an incredible 13-0 record season. After that, upon joining San Mateo College, he attained the college record of 1253yards for 17 touchdowns within the one year he was to be there, as he transferred to Kent State soon after. Taking up Business Management as his major at Kent State, he continued with his football endeavors, becoming the Golden Flashes' topmost passer.
Junior College at San Mateo: Julian wasn't recruited directly out of high school as so many top-shelf players are; he was rather small and considered himself a late bloomer, thus he wound up in San Mateo as he wanted the opportunity to further his football playing career the only way he could without being recruited directly. They won the Bulldog Bowl and they stood in the country's rankings at position #8 or thereabouts.
His most poignant memory at this stage in his progression is less than rosy; it harks back to their game against San Francisco College, which was ranked No. 1 among Junior Colleges at the time. At the game's midway point, San Mateo was up by 17 points, but after the break, the game swung back an forth between the brawling sides, finally coming to an end in favor of the San Francisco outfit.
Within his solitary year at San Mateo, Julian created a new school-record of 1,253 yards for 17 touchdowns before making the move to Kent State, where he played starting quarterback for three years. In his senior year with the Golden Flashes, Julian had a pass completion rate of 56% (153 of 275 for 1,820 yards), with 11 interceptions thrown in for good measure. He was, simultaneously, their best rusher, averaging 6.4 yards per carry (215 attempts yielding 1,370 yards), managing thirteen touchdowns. His overall offensive efforts broke Joshua Cribbs' school record for a single-season offense which he set in 2003.
Enrolment at Kent State: Edelman's foremost recollection of his time at Kent State is their matchup against Miami, his first wit the team. According to him, being a part of the Kent State squad that managed a win against Miami since the 80's, while playing in Miami, made his first winning game of his college career all the more special.
Edelman tells the story of how although he didn't get to go to the Combine, his Pro Day turned out to be an unexpected blessing. The scouts who appeared at the Pro Day weren't there to see him specifically, they were interested in another potential signing; an offensive lineman. Julian wound up giving an exceptional performance on the day, which opened up the doors for workout sessions with various teams.
The Wildcat talks surrounding him seemed to intrigue many potential destination teams for Julian, which called him up for numerous trials all over the country. Edelman did all he could to prepare himself, including seeking the guidance and advice of Charlie Fry, then a quarterback with the Browns. He wanted to gain a bit of perspective on what it was like to be a quarterback playing in the league, and it seems to have been more than worth his time and effort.
The 2009 NFL Combine didn't send out an invitation to Julian. On his Pro Day, on March 12, Edelman clocked 4.01 seconds in the short shuttle while the Combine's shortest time had stood at 4.03 seconds. The Patriots, who had conducted their own private workouts with Julian before the 2009 Drafts came around picked him with their 27th pick, placing Julian as the 232nd overall pick of the year. This was ahead of Brian Hoyer, the Michigan State quarterback who went on to join up with New England as a free agent.
In the eyes of numerous pundits analyzing the selection, the choice of Edelman might have been influenced by his seeming potential to play in Wildcat formation. Julian finally signed up with New England on July 16th, 2009 on a four-year contract that came with a $48,700 signing-up bonus.
As Julian joined up with the Patriots, the squad featured such veterans as Randy Moss, Joe Galloway, and Wes Welker. and so the rookie didn't have much to bear as soon as he got to New England. He first had to make the team. The 'it' factor is a very real yet indescribable quality that separates player from their peers, and even though Edelman was considered a project from the word go, the Patriots' wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea could immediately discern the presence of something special in the person of Julian Edelman - he felt that Julian was going to put in whatever it took to achieve what he set out to do, and he wouldn't take no for an answer.
In the 39 games Edelman played before his injury, he recorded 258 interceptions for 2,720 yards with 17 touchdowns, and the Patriots found it tough going at times in their remaining seven regular-season matchups without him.
Julian signed on for a two-year, $11 million extension on his contract with the Patriots on June 8th, 2017, with another $9 million guaranteed through to the 2019 season. In the course of their August 25, 2017, pre-season clash with the Detroit Lions, Julian tore his ACL completely, putting a premature end to his 2017 season and subsequently putting him on the injured reserve list.
Edelman has borne numerous nicknames throughout his career, bestowed upon him by fans and teammates alike. An impressive spike in Julian's productivity during the 2013 season prompted teammate Tom Brady to name him 'Minitron', playing off of former Detroit star wide receiver Calvin Johnson's moniker, 'Megatron'. Cornerback Darrelle Davis would call him 'Energizer Bunny', in reference to Julian's 'never quit' attitude. Edelman, personally, has a fondness for the tag 'Squirrel', which he says was given him by his teammates after a time when he would yell out not to let him 'get squirrelly out there' from the sidelines during a game.
Regular Season Statistics
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