Julian Edelman

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: (1986-05-22) 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
Receptions:499
Receiving yards:5,390
Receiving touchdowns:30
Total return yards:2,593
Return touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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 College of San Mateo as a quarterback. He was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has played his entire career for New England. 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 spent his first four seasons in the league primarily backing up slot receiver Wes Welker, to whom he was often compared as the two have a similar physique and playing style. During those seasons, he primarily played as a returner, only seeing the field on offense when the highly productive Welker was injured. Welker left the team after the 2012 season, and Edelman seamlessly moved in to his slot receiver role, becoming one of the main targets (alongside Rob Gronkowski[1]) for Tom Brady, averaging more than 6 catches per game. He was sidelined with an ACL injury for the entire 2017 season, and served a four-game suspension in 2018 for the use of performance-enhancing substances/drugs (PED).

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 Bowl games (XLVI, XLIX, LI, and LIII). In each of the last three (all Patriots wins), he led all wide receivers in receiving yards, culminating in an MVP-earning performance in Super Bowl LIII when he had 10 catches for 141 yards receiving, more than half of his team's total receiving yardage. He holds two Super Bowl records: career punt returns (8) and first-half receptions in a single game (7). Edelman is the first Jewish football player to have received the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.[2] His MVP Award drew criticisms as it was given the same season he was suspended for using PED.[3][4][5]

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.[6] He has two siblings, Jason and Nicole.[7][8][9] 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.[10] Edelman's father is Jewish. His mother was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to German parents who had lived in Belgium.[11]

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.[12] During his high school career, Edelman had 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, in addition to 964 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.[13]

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