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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.

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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.

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Bill Belichick has funny take on reunion with Julian Edelman

Bill Belichick

Julian Edelman will be honored at halftime of the New England Patriots’ game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and Bill Belichick says he is looking forward to seeing the retired wide receiver. Unless, of course, Edelman plans on trolling his former coach.

Belichick was asked on Friday about Edelman’s upcoming ceremony. He treated us to a rare lighthearted response.

Edelman has always loved needling Belichick. He’s been known to bust out an impersonation of the future Hall of Fame coach. He also recently provided a glimpse into what playing for Belichick was like.

It’s obvious that Edelman and Belichick have maintained a close relationship. There aren’t many current or former players who openly have that type of dynamic with The Hoodie.

Julian Edelman has hilarious take on Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman is very close friends with Tom Brady. He is also a New England Patriots legend who, unlike Brady, spent his entire career with the organization. So where does that leave Edelman for the big showdown on Oct. 3?

The Patriots announced this week that Edelman will be honored in a special halftime ceremony during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The retired wide receiver spoke with the media on Thursday about that and some other topics, including where his loyalty will lay when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Patriots in less than two weeks. Edelman provided a hilarious analogy.

“It’s definitely gonna be weird,” Edelman said, via NFL Network’s Michael Giardi. “It’s like going to a family barbecue or a basketball event and you’re the step kid, or you’re like the kid who has divorced parents and your mom and dad are there and you don’t know how to react. Are they going to fight? Are they not going to fight?”

Edelman didn’t really commit to a rooting interest, but he said he hopes Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and everyone else play well and stay healthy. He also said he’s hoping for a high-scoring game and will be pulling for rookie Mac Jones.

There will definitely be mixed emotions for Edelman during the Bucs-Pats game. He has, by all indications, maintained close relationships with both Brady and Bill Belichick. He just has a very strange way of showing it sometimes.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

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Julian Edelman has great reaction to Tom Brady ripping on Mike Vrabel

Tom Brady

Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel are former teammates who have maintained a close friendship, but you would never know it from the way they talk about one another. Brady fired the latest shot, and it may have even surprised Julian Edelman.

Brady spoke about Vrabel during the latest episode of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ YouTube series “In the Current.” He said the Tennessee Titans coach is “kind of an a–hole when you get to know him.” Brady, a Michigan alum, also mentioned how Vrabel went to Ohio State. The seven-time Super Bowl champion then ridiculed Vrabel for being “fat and out of shape.”

Here’s the clip:

As you can see, Brady didn’t hold back. Edelman reacted the same way as many others.

Brady’s comments only continued what has been an offseason loaded with smack talk between him and Vrabel. The former Patriots linebacker recently cracked a great joke about a photo that featured him and Brady’s son. After that, Brady had some funny comments about how Vrabel has changed over the years. Hopefully they keep it going.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Julian Edelman reveals funny nickname Randy Moss had for him

Julian Edelman

Randy Moss had countless accomplishments during his NFL career, but the nickname he had for Julian Edelman apparently did not catch on. It did, however, provide a source of entertainment for his former teammate.

Edelman discussed what it was like to play alongside Moss during an appearance on Cris Carter’s “WR1” podcast this week. He described Moss as an “awesome teammate” and said the Hall of Famer is often misunderstood. Edelman then chuckled when he recalled the nickname Moss gave him, which was “Edel-nut.”

“Every day he’d come in, he used to call me “Edel-nut,” Edelman said, per Isiah Houde of Patriots Wire. “He goes, ‘Hey, Edel-nut. 98 first round. You better get to know me … there’s about 15 to 16 of you out here Julian Edelman, but there’s only one Randy Moss. 98, first round. Get to know me.’ And then just walk off.”

Edelman didn’t really explain the origin of the nickname, but it’s awfully close to the nickname that Rob Gronkowski revealed the Patriots had for Edelman when he was with the team. Apparently that spanned multiple eras in New England.

H/T Corey
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Julian Edelman has hilarious tweet about Tom Brady getting ‘Madden’ cover

Julian Edelman

No athlete has ever ascended through his or her sport the way Tom Brady has since he became a sixth-round NFL Draft pick back in 2000, and Julian Edelman has provided us with another great reminder of that.

Brady and Patrick Mahomes were revealed on Thursday as the two cover athletes for the latest installment of the “Madden” video game series. Edelman celebrated the occasion by tweeting a screenshot from a much older version of the game, where Brady was known only as “QB NO. 12.” Brady’s overall rating in the game was a 57 out of 99.

Not long after that game was released, Brady won his first Super Bowl. He has since captured six more and is showing no signs of slowing down. Not bad for a player who was once rated 57 in “Madden,” right?

While he is one of Brady’s closest friends and biggest cheerleaders, Edelman never turns down an opportunity to take a swipe at his former teammate. His “Madden” tweet may have been even better than the photoshopped image he shared before the draft this year.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

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Julian Edelman reveals how Bill Belichick got on players with ‘Bill Tube’

Bill Belichick

Julian Edelman has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL, all spent with the New England Patriots. Now that he is done playing football, Edelman is able to share a few interesting details about his time in the league.

Edelman appeared on “Green Light with Chris Long” for an interview that was published on Tuesday. In the interview, Edelman talked about how Bill Belichick would get on players during film sessions (15:15 mark). Edelman says he called these film sessions “Bill Tube.”

Edelman says he would be featured on “Bill Tube” after fighting with teammates. Edelman specifically brought up how Belichick got on him for a fight with teammate Stephon Gilmore.

“So he sits and rewinds it like 45 times and he stands up and says like, ‘What the f— are we doing! We can’t have this!’ Just going on and just ringing me like, ‘You know what Edelman? You’re over here thinking you’re a tough guy.’ Just getting on me in front of the team … but I think low-key he loved it,” Edelman said.

Edelman says that when he got older in his career, he started to find “Bill Tube” entertaining.

Belichick is famous for being extremely detailed in his preparation. He is also notorious for being hard on his players, including his biggest stars.