May 22, 1986 (37)
Julian Edelman is a former American football wide receiver and punt returner who played his entire 12-season career with the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Notably, he is a three-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII) and was named Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl LIII. Transitioning from quarterback during his college career at Kent State, Edelman became one of the most dynamic players in the Patriots’ dynasty, known for his clutch performances in the playoffs.
Edelman’s professional achievements include recording over 6,800 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns in the regular season, along with an impressive postseason record that places him second in NFL postseason receptions and receiving yards. His pivotal role in historic comebacks, most notably in Super Bowl LI, where the Patriots overcame a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons, solidified his legacy as a key player in critical moments. Beyond his on-field success, Edelman’s career is marked by his transformation from a seventh-round draft pick to one of the most productive receivers in Patriots history.
Throughout his career, Edelman collaborated with notable figures such as quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and teammates Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola, among others. These collaborations were instrumental in the Patriots’ sustained success, contributing to multiple AFC Championships and Super Bowl victories.