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Julian Edelman 2021 Patriots WR Announced His Retirement

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Julian Edelman 2021 Patriots WR Announced His Retirement

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 -0700

Edelman, 34, is a veteran of 12 seasons with the Patriots after originally joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick (232nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of 

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

– New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement today. 

Edelman, 34, is a veteran of 12 seasons with the Patriots after originally joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick (232nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Kent State.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 198-pounder played in 137 regular season games with 85 starts and is second in team history with 620 receptions, fourth with 6,822 receiving yards and ninth with 36 receiving touchdowns.

He also had 58 rushing attempts for 413 yards, the most rushing attempts and rushing yards by a wide receiver in Patriots history.

His 9,869 all-purpose yards are fourth in team history.

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“Julian Edelman is one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft.

“There aren’t many players who earn an NFL roster spot at a position they have never played before.

Julian not only did that as a seventh-round draft selection, but he is retiring with the second-most career receptions in franchise history and as a three-time Super Bowl Champion, including his last as Super Bowl MVP.

No one was more committed to his craft and honing his skills than Jules.

His explosiveness off the line, quickness in his cuts and elusiveness after the catch made him one of the hardest players to defend throughout his career.

His clutch catches in our biggest games and overall toughness made him a fan favorite.

Over the past 12 years, I have 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, which might be the only place where he is more popular than here in New England.”

Edelman sits second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind Jerry Rice’s 151 catches in the playoffs.

He is one of 15 NFL players with at least 1,000 career postseason yards and his 1,442 postseason receiving yards are second all-time, behind the 2,245 playoff receiving yards by Rice.

A member of three Super Bowl Champion teams, Edelman turned in key performances at crucial moments in all three Super Bowls wins.

He was named Super Bowl LIII MVP after finishing with 10 receptions for 141 yards in the win vs.

the Los Angeles Rams.

Edelman finished with five receptions for 87 yards, including a miraculous 23-yard, diving, finger-tip catch late in the fourth quarter of the win vs.

Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.

He also caught the game-winning, 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:06 left to play in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl XLIX win vs.

Seattle.

“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career – wins, championships, production – Julian has it all,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

“Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select.

It is historic.

This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel.

Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out.

Then, in the biggest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best, most thrilling performances.

For all Julian did for our team, what I may appreciate the most is he was the quintessential throwback player.

He could, and did, do everything – catch, run, throw, block, return, cover and tackle – all with an edge and attitude that would not allow him to fail under any circumstance.

Julian Edelman is the ultimate competitor and it was a privilege to coach him.”

Presenting our favorite photos of Julian Edelman during his 12-year NFL career with the New England Patriots.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 -0700

Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman, who helped New England win three championships and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, announced his retirement on 

Marcus Spears commends Julian Edelman for his stellar career with the Patriots as the wide receiver is expected to announce his retirement.

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Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman, who helped New England win three championships and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, announced his retirement in a video posted on social media Monday.

The NFL transaction wire released Monday stated that Edelman had his contract terminated by the Patriots, but the roster move is expected to be a technicality as part of his retirement, the source told ESPN.

“It was a hard decision, but the right decision for me and my family,” Edelman said.

“And I’m honored and so proud to be retiring a Patriot.

It’s been the best 12 years of my life.”

Edelman, who turns 35 next month, was limited to six games last season because of a chronic knee injury.

He spent his entire 12-year career with the Patriots and ranks second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind only Jerry Rice’s 151.

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One of Edelman’s signature plays was an improbable diving catch in Super Bowl LI, helping the Patriots overcome a 28-3 second-half deficit to rally past the Atlanta Falcons.

Two years later in a victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, he was named MVP after totaling 10 receptions for 141 yards.

“Julian Edelman is one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement Monday.

“There aren’t many players who earn an NFL roster spot at a position they have never played before.

Julian not only did that as a seventh-round draft selection, but he is retiring with the second-most career receptions in franchise history and as a three-time Super Bowl Champion, including his last as Super Bowl MVP.

No one was more committed to his craft and honing his skills than Jules.

His explosiveness off the line, quickness in his cuts and elusiveness after the catch made him one of the hardest players to defend throughout his career.”

Edelman caps his career in second place on the all-time Patriots chart for receptions (620), behind only Wes Welker (672).

He is fourth on the team’s career receiving yards list with 6,822 receiving yards, behind only Stanley Morgan (10,352), Rob Gronkowski (7,861) and Welker (7,459).

“Nothing in my career has ever come easy and no surprise, this isn’t going to be easy either,” he said.

“I’ve always said, ‘I’ll go until the wheels come off.’ And they finally have fallen off.

Due to an injury last year, I’ll be making my official announcement of my retirement from football.”

By having his contract terminated for a “failed physical,” Edelman now becomes eligible for the injury protection benefit, per the CBA, available to all players in this situation.

Edelman can collect up to $2 million through this benefit.

Few would have predicted his career trajectory when the Patriots selected Edelman in the seventh round of the 2009 draft — 232rd overall.

Edelman was a quarterback at Kent State, with his running skills and quick-cutting ability catching Bill Belichick’s eye as a possible receiver/punt returner.

Edelman was still playing at a high level last season, totaling a career-high 179 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Seahawks.

But the nagging knee injury ultimately landed him on injured reserve in late October, and while there was hope he might return late in the season, he wasn’t healthy enough to be activated.

Because of his health, the Patriots went into the 2021 offseason unsure of Edelman’s status, which contributed to them agreeing to contracts with receivers Nelson Agholor (two years, $26 million, with $15 million guaranteed) and Kendrick Bourne (three years, $22.5 million, with $5.25 million guaranteed) on the first day of free agency.

Edelman was also entering the final year of his contract.

Edelman’s clutch postseason play is reflected in his six games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Michael Irvin for second all-time (Rice is first with eight).

“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career — wins, championships, production — Julian has it all,” Belichick said in a team statement.

“Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select.

It is historic.

This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel.

Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out.”

The Patriots tapped into his old quarterback skills with success, with Edelman completing 7 of 8 passes over his career for 179 yards, with two touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating (includes playoffs).

Against Denver last October, Edelman joined running backs Andy Johnson (Sept.

6, 1981 vs.

Baltimore) and Dick Christy (Nov.

18, 1960 vs.

Dallas Texans) as the three Patriots non-quarterbacks who have completed two passes in a game.

Over his career, Edelman totaled 58 rushing attempts for 413 yards, the most rushing attempts and rushing yards by a wide receiver in Patriots history.

In the latter stages of his career, Edelman, of Redwood City, California, publicly embraced his Jewish identity, taking pride in becoming the first Jewish player to be named a Super Bowl MVP.

In July of 2020, he invited receiver DeSean Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., after Jackson’s anti-Semitic social media posts.

This past March, he wrote an open letter to Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard about Leonard’s use of an anti-Semitic slur during a video game livestream.

ESPN Senior Writer Adam Schefter contributed to this report.

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– April 13, 2021
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