74 Facts About Julian Edelman


Julian Francis Edelman was born on May 22,1986 and is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for 12 seasons with the New England Patriots.


Julian Edelman played college football at Kent State as a quarterback and was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots, where he transitioned to a return specialist and wide receiver.


Julian Edelman was named MVP of the lattermost, where he accounted for more than half his team's receiving yards.


Julian Edelman was born in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Redwood City, California, to Angela and Frank Julian Edelman, a mechanic who owns A-1 Auto Tech.


Julian Edelman's mother was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to German parents who had lived in Belgium.


Julian Edelman played varsity football and baseball at Woodside High School in Woodside, California.


Julian Edelman was extremely small as a freshman, weighing under 100 pounds before his growth spurt.


In high school, Julian Edelman had 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns passing, and 964 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing.


Julian Edelman then transferred to Kent State University, where he majored in business management.


At Kent State, Julian Edelman was a three-year starter at quarterback.


Julian Edelman was their leading rusher, gaining 1,370 yards on 215 attempts and scoring 13 touchdowns.


On July 16,2009, Julian Edelman signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that included a $48,700 signing bonus.


Julian Edelman later stated that he knew he lacked the ability to make an NFL roster as a quarterback, so before the draft he prepared himself to play at positions other than quarterback.


Julian Edelman led all receivers with eight receptions for 98 yards, and added 38 yards on two kickoff returns and 2 yards on a punt return, for a total of 138 all-purpose yards.


At the time of his injury, Julian Edelman was leading all rookies with 21 receptions.


Julian Edelman returned with the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Indianapolis Colts, where he scored his first official NFL touchdown on a 9-yard reception from Brady.


When Welker was sidelined for the season after tearing two knee ligaments against the Houston Texans, Julian Edelman was again called on to fill Welker's role; Julian Edelman caught 10 of the 15 passes thrown to him for 103 yards, the first 100-yard game of his NFL career.


Julian Edelman finished the regular season with 37 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown.


Julian Edelman made six punt returns as well as 11 kickoff returns, gaining 304 yards in all on 17 returns.


Julian Edelman became the first rookie to score two receiving touchdowns in one postseason game since David Sloan did so for the Detroit Lions in the 1995 season.


Julian Edelman set a franchise record by averaging 15.3 yards per return, which was second in the league after the Bears' Devin Hester.


Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, which helped him earn his first AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.


Julian Edelman had three kickoff returns for 73 net return yards in the game.


Julian Edelman's snap count increased in the first two games of the 2012 season, including a Week 2 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which he started over Wes Welker.


Julian Edelman then saw limited duty until the Patriots' record-tying Week 11 win against the Indianapolis Colts, in which he had one of the best games of his career.


Julian Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a two-yard touchdown, picked up 47 yards on a single rushing attempt on a reverse play, and returned two punts for a total of 117 yards.


Julian Edelman had 105 yards of total offense and 222 all-purpose yards with two touchdowns.


Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Julian Edelman scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter of the Patriots' victory over the New York Jets, in which they tied a franchise record with five touchdowns and 35 points in one quarter; he recovered a Jets' fumble and returned it 22 yards on a kickoff return, and then caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady.


Julian Edelman re-signed with New England on a one-year deal on April 10,2013.


Julian Edelman had three punt returns for a total of 32 yards, which gave him a career total of 75 returns for 975 yards.


Julian Edelman became the NFL's all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee, although his average dropped below 12.8 shortly afterward.


Julian Edelman had nine catches on 11 attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a historic Week 12 comeback victory at home over the Denver Broncos; the Patriots overcame a 24-point halftime deficit, scored 31 unanswered points, and kicked the winning field goal in the closing minutes of overtime.


Julian Edelman had 92 receptions for 972 receiving yards, as well as four touchdowns.


Julian Edelman recorded his first NFL touchdown pass on his first NFL pass attempt in the Patriots' Divisional Round game against the Baltimore Ravens.


In Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Julian Edelman led all receivers in yardage with 109 yards on nine receptions.


Julian Edelman was ranked 91st by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.


Julian Edelman then caught four passes on five targets for 120 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5.


Julian Edelman was expected to be back on the field in six to eight weeks, in time for the playoffs, though that was contingent on the recovery process.


Julian Edelman returned for the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs.


On September 15,2016, Julian Edelman was fined $26,309 for a hit on a defenseless player when he hit linebacker Deone Bucannon helmet-to-helmet.


Julian Edelman finished the game with eight receptions for 151 yards, earning him AFC Offensive Player of the Week.


Julian Edelman became the first Patriots wide receiver to receive the award since Randy Moss in 2007.


Julian Edelman finished the season with a career-high 1,106 receiving yards on 98 catches.


Julian Edelman recorded eight catches for 137 yards in the win as the Patriots reached the AFC Championship Game for an NFL record sixth consecutive season.


Julian Edelman was placed on injured reserve on September 2,2017.


In February 2018, it was reported that Julian Edelman expected to be ready to play by the 2018 training camp.


Julian Edelman played on Thursday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts, where he caught seven passes for 57 yards.


Julian Edelman finished the 2018 season with 74 receptions for 850 receiving yards and six touchdowns.


Julian Edelman became the first wide receiver to win Super Bowl MVP since Santonio Holmes did so in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.


Julian Edelman finished the postseason with 26 receptions for 388 yards, totals high enough to move him into second place all-time in playoff receptions and receiving yards behind Jerry Rice.


Julian Edelman is the first Jewish football player to be named Super Bowl MVP.


Julian Edelman was ranked 90th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.


Julian Edelman rebounded from his injury in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins; he had eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown; he became the first Patriot to record at least 100 yards all season.


Julian Edelman finished the 2019 season with 100 receptions for 1,117 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.


Julian Edelman finished the game with one reception for 13 yards.


On October 31,2020, Julian Edelman was placed on injured reserve after undergoing minor knee surgery.


On December 16,2020, Julian Edelman was designated to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window for the Patriots to put him on the active roster, but head coach Bill Belichick announced on January 1,2021, that he would not be activated before the end of the season.


Julian Edelman announced his retirement on April 12,2021, after 12 seasons with the Patriots.


Julian Edelman's retirement occurred after the Patriots ended his contract because he failed a physical.


Speculation immediately emerged that he would later return to the NFL to play with former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a remark by Brady himself; Julian Edelman denied the rumors, saying that he was "a one-team guy".


Julian Edelman's retirement revived the debate about inducting him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which had begun after his MVP performance in Super Bowl LIII.


In 2016, Julian Edelman became one of three Patriots to publish a children's book.


Julian Edelman's book, Flying High, is about a squirrel named Jules who learns to overcome his physical limitations through hard work and the assistance of a goat named Tom.


Julian Edelman has worked with Joe's Jeans on a line of shirts and jeans, and with Cutters Sports on a line of football gloves.


Julian Edelman has made cameo appearances on television, including episodes of the HBO sports dramedy Ballers and the reality competition America's Next Top Model.


Julian Edelman has presented twice at the Grammy Awards, in 2015 with teammate Malcolm Butler and in 2019 with teammate Devin McCourty.


Julian Edelman appeared in a Puma advertisement campaign in 2015.


In 2019, Julian Edelman co-founded a production company, Coast Productions, with ad executive Assaf Swissa.


Julian Edelman was nominated for a Sports Emmy in 2022 for his first season on Inside the NFL.


In July 2016, Julian Edelman was named in a paternity suit filed by Swedish model Ella Rose, with whom he had a casual relationship, naming him as the father of her unborn daughter.


Julian Edelman dated Brazilian model Adriana Lima on and off in 2016 and 2017.


Julian Edelman has a daughter Lily, born with Swedish model Ella Rose and in an interview with the magazine Haute Living in 2019, Edelman detailed how challenging and rewarding he found being a father.


Julian Edelman explained that fatherhood had changed his view of life.


Julian Edelman shared a photo of the cleats on Instagram and listed the names of all the victims in the photo's caption.