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Julian Edelman had hilarious reaction to big bet on Patriots going south

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

You win some and you lose some in sports gambling, and Julian Edelman definitely lost some this weekend.

The former New England Patriots receiver made a big bet on the team heading into the Wild Card round. Edelman bet $50,000 that the Patriots would make the Super Bowl, which would have paid $375,000 had it hit.

Unfortunately for Edelman, the bet most definitely did not hit. New England got shelled by the Buffalo Bills, losing 47-17 in a game that was never close.

Edelman had a hilarious reaction to his bet going down the tubes. He posted the “I am never going to financially recover from this” meme from “Tiger King” with his face edited in. He also jokingly asked his sportsbook what their return policy was.

Edelman, who played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Patriots, was going to go down with his team. But alas, go down Edelman did indeed.

There is a bright side for Edelman though. If he manages to win on the other bet that he placed for the playoffs, he could still walk away a winner overall.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Patriots star making massive bet on team

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

One former New England Patriots player is putting a major bankroll on the team heading into the postseason.

Retired ex-Pats receiver Julian Edelman revealed on Twitter this week that he bet $100,000 on a Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl this year. Edelman got the money from a partnership with WynnBET Sportsbook and decided to spend it all on that bet.

It equals to $50,000 on the Patriots to win the AFC (which would pay out $375,000) and $50,000 on the Bucs to win the NFC (which would pay out $170,000). If Edelman is correct on both legs, he will take home $545,000 from his original $100,000.

Edelman then posted a funny video of himself breaking the news of his six-figure bet to his parents.

It would not be too surprising to see Tampa Bay come out of the NFC. They are the defending champions, the No. 2 seed, and the team with Tom Brady, Edelman’s old quarterback. But the Patriots, the AFC’s No. 6 seed, are the longshots here as well as the biggest possible moneymakers for Edelman.

We already got a warning from one notable NFL figure that New England could make it back to the Super Bowl. Now Edelman, who was a Patriot for 12 total seasons, is betting some serious cabbage on it to happen too.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Patriots star has big concern about Mac Jones

Mac Jones looks on during a game

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is coming off consecutive underwhelming performances, and there is some concern about the rookie from at least one of the team’s legends.

Longtime Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman admitted that he is concerned Jones may have hit the “rookie wall,” causing a downturn in performance and production.

“I’ve got to give Mac a B+,” Edelman said of Jones on “Inside the NFL,” via Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports. “These last two weeks, he could have been an A- if he continued that same play. We’ve seen him be a very efficient quarterback. You see him get through his progressions. You can see him drive a team down the field. But these last two weeks, you can tell that the rookie wall may have hit. The rookie wall is real. He’s had two games with two picks back-to-back. It will be interesting to see how he goes forward and to see really what he’s made of.”

The Patriots have lost back-to-back games under Jones, with the rookie throwing two interceptions against Indianapolis and following it by going just 14-of-32 against Buffalo. While those are not necessarily Jones’ worst performances of the season, they do coincide with some of the Patriots’ worst play all year.

Edelman may be right to a certain degree. Jones’ play was at such a high level early in the season, and some dropoff may have been inevitable. It simply comes at a bad time for the Patriots, who have now lost control of their fate in the AFC East.

Photo: Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Julian Edelman offers theory on Bill Belichick’s media apology

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Bill Belichick shocked the football world this week when he apologized to the media for being short with them after Saturday night’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The move was so uncharacteristic that many are wondering if Belichick has some sort of angle. Former New England Patriots star Julian Edelman has a theory.

During an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that aired Wednesday, Edelman said Belichick’s decision to apologize to reporters may have been a product of the 69-year-old coach getting older.

“My dad told me people soften up a little bit when you get older,” Edelman said. “You get a little more wisdom and you start being a nicer guy. Maybe that’s happening. What is he now, 70?”

Edelman was asked if he was saying Belichick is “getting soft,” which the coach could use as bulletin board material. Hosts Big Cat and PFT then came to the conclusion that Belichick’s plan it to get people to call him soft so he can prove them wrong. You can see the clip below, but beware that it contains inappropriate language:

Belichick has a reputation for being snippy with the media, especially after losses. He seemed a bit more irritated than usual after New England’s 27-17 loss to the Colts, but no one expected an apology.

Ironically, Edelman revealed earlier this year that Belichick gave him some advice about his transition into a media career.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Julian Edelman shares interesting phone call he received from Tom Brady

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

Julian Edelman was still under contract with the New England Patriots when Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 2020 season. Surely, the veteran quarterback would not have tried to convince his buddy to join him in the Sunshine State, right? Wrong, apparently.

Edelman was a guest on the “ManningCast” show during Monday night’s game between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eli Manning asked Edelman if he and Brady ever discussed playing together in Tampa. Edelman revealed that Brady called him the first day Brady signed with the Bucs and asked “you wanna come down?” Edelman says he told Brady “absolutely not.”

Many have assumed that Brady tried to recruit Edelman at some point. The two are close friends and had one of the best on-field connections in NFL history. However, Edelman was asked the same question last month and chose to avoid it.

Edelman loved playing with Brady, but he loved playing for Bill Belichick just as much. He reminded us of that with his hilarious take on Brady’s return to New England earlier this year.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Julian Edelman shares wild story about Ray Lewis injuring him

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis is known for being one of the most ferocious tacklers in the history of the NFL, and no one understands that more than Julian Edelman. The former New England Patriots wide receiver was on the wrong end of multiple collisions with Lewis during his career. He says one of them turned his life upside down for weeks.

Edelman now co-hosts Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” with Lewis, Brandon Marshall and Phil Simms. During an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week, Edelman shared a story about the time Lewis kneed him in the backside during New England’s blowout playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens during the 2009 season.

“I caught a ball and Ray hit me and, like, kneed me in my butt. He hit me so hard I had a crazy hematoma. I instantly had to get an IV,” Edelman recalled. “They had to check my vital systems. I couldn’t sit down for literally like six weeks. I had a full J-Lo butt on my right cheek — literally six times the (normal) size. I couldn’t fly for like a week.”

You can hear the story below:

That game was in the Divisional Round. Given how Edelman described the injury, it sounds like he would have missed the AFC Championship Game had the Patriots advanced. They lost 33-14, so it didn’t matter.

Those types of hits are the ones that made Lewis a force. He’d have a hard time playing in today’s NFL, and he once explained why he can’t even watch the biggest game of the year. Fortunately, Lewis’ big shot on Edelman didn’t do any permanent damage.

Julian Edelman has hilarious reaction to Patriots giving his number away

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

Julian Edelman will always be remembered as one of the greatest New England Patriots of all time, but the former wide receiver will not be the last to wear No. 11 with the team. He seems a bit upset by that.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported on Wednesday that the Patriots have assigned No. 11 to kicker Riley Patterson. Reiss noted that NFL teams don’t really retire numbers anymore except for exceptional cases, but the news still hit Edelman hard. He had a great reaction on Twitter:

Edelman was honored by the Patriots in a halftime ceremony earlier this season. He will undoubtedly be inducted into their Hall of Fame someday, but the only number the team is likely to retire in the near future is Brady’s No. 12. Edelman knows that.

We know from the awesome Bill Belichick story Edelman recently that he and the Patriots head coach still have a great relationship. That doesn’t mean Belichick has unofficially retired Edelman’s number. Sorry, Jules.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick gave Julian Edelman hilarious advice about going into media

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick is known for being rather cold toward the media, but the New England Patriots coach respects the job that reporters and analysts have to do. How do we know this? The advice Belichick gave to Julian Edelman all but confirms it.

Edelman was a guest on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week. He recalled a hilarious interaction he had with Belichick a few weeks ago. Edelman joined Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” as an analyst this season. Edelman shared that Belichick was completely unaware of his former player’s new gig when the two bumped into each other recently. When Edelman shared the news, Belichick responded with some valuable advice.

“And so, he looks at me and goes, ‘What are you up to now?’ I’m like, ‘I’m doing Inside The NFL,'” Edelman recalled. “And he looks at me and he goes, ‘Oh you’re doing media?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, you know, it’s going to be kind of fun.’ I didn’t know what I could say to him, he’s scary, he’s intimidating. And so he goes, ‘Now look. You can’t be a homer. If you have to motherf— us, you can motherf— us.’ But it felt like a mafia meeting, but it was cool.”

That’s just classic Belichick. You might think he’d try to pressure Edelman into being pro-Patriots, but instead he basically told him to “do your job.”

Belichick and Edelman obviously have a close relationship. Edelman has done a couple of hilarious impersonations of Belichick at his new job, and the coach even had a funny take on that a few weeks back.

Julian Edelman discusses whether Tom Brady recruited him to Tampa

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have a notoriously close relationship. So close, in fact, that there was ample speculation that Edelman might opt to join Brady in Tampa even after the wide receiver announced his retirement.

Edelman’s retirement has stuck, but the former wide receiver didn’t exactly bat aside speculation when asked if Brady had tried to recruit him to the Buccaneers.

“Did you receive a phone call from Tommy, ‘Hey, you wanna join me?'” David Ortiz asked Edelman on Barstool Sports’ “Call Him Papi” podcast.

“I can neither confirm nor can I deny,” Edelman replied, via Nick O’Malley of MassLive.

The chatter about Edelman playing in Tampa isn’t new, and it’s something that the former Patriots receiver has had fun with before. It makes sense as a rumor, after all, considering how close he and Brady are.

Edelman retired because of a knee injury that left him unable to play. That more than anything else precludes any comeback attempt.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC-by-SA 3.0

Julian Edelman shares awesome video ahead of Brady-Belichick clash

Julian Edelman

Very few people will be feeling more mixed emotions during Sunday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots than Julian Edelman. The former wide receiver has great relationships with both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so who should he root for? Perhaps everyone.

Hours before kickoff of arguably the biggest regular-season NFL game of all time, Edelman shared a great video on Twitter. It features Brady and Belichick saying nice things about one another. The very end of the clip reads “love you guys, play nice.”

Edelman also had a hilarious take on Brady’s return to Foxboro last week.

The relationship between Brady and Belichick clearly soured leading up to Brady’s departure in 2019. That’s the story everyone wants to hear more about, but this is a coach-quarterback duo that won six Super Bowls together. When both retire, that will be the only story that matters to most.

Edelman’s video is a great reminder of the mutual respect that exists between Brady and Belichick. The remarks the Patriots coach made earlier this week were another one.

Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia via CC-by-SA 3.0