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Julian Edelman

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #11
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #11
Photo: Icon Sportswire

Personal

Age 35
Birthdate May 22, 1986
Height 5'10"
Weight 198 lb

Draft

College Kent State
Year 2009
Pick Round: 7, Overall: 232
Team NE

Fantasy Value

Player News RotoWire

Julian Edelman: Ends playing career

Edelman (knee) has announced his retirement from football, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Edelman noted in a statement Monday that "due to an injury last year," he'd be ending his playing career. The 34-year-old thus concludes a productive NFL run that began in 2009, when the Patriots selected him out of Kent State (where Edelman played QB) in the seventh round. The three-time Super Bowl champion finishes up his career with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 TDs in 137 regular-season NFL games, all with New England.

Apr. 12, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Player Stats

YEAR TM GM Receiving Rushing
REC TGT % YDS TD YPC ATT YDS YPC TD FUM
2009 NE 16 37 54 68.5 359 1 9.7 2 5 2.5 0 0
2010 NE 16 7 14 50.0 86 0 12.3 2 14 7.0 0 0
2011 NE 16 4 8 50.0 34 0 8.5 4 8 2.0 0 1
2012 NE 12 21 32 65.6 235 3 11.2 4 45 11.2 0 1
2013 NE 16 105 151 69.5 1,056 6 10.1 2 11 5.5 0 0
2014 NE 16 92 134 68.7 972 4 10.6 10 94 9.4 0 0
2015 NE 16 61 88 69.3 692 7 11.3 3 23 7.7 0 1
2016 NE 16 98 159 61.6 1,106 3 11.3 12 57 4.8 0 2
2017 NE 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 NE 12 74 108 68.5 850 6 11.5 9 107 11.9 0 0
2019 NE 16 100 153 65.4 1,117 6 11.2 8 27 3.4 0 1
2020 NE 7 21 39 53.8 315 0 15.0 2 22 11.0 0 0

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Julian Edelman Biography

Julian Edelman is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots and he has become a favorite target of future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Edelman wears jersey number 11.

Youth

Edelman was born and raised in Redwood City, California. He played quarterback for the Woodside High School Wildcats football team in nearby Woodside, CA. His senior year, the Wildcats went undefeated with a 13-0 record. During his career at Woodside, Edelman threw for 2,237 yards with 29 touchdowns. He also ran for 964 yards and 13 touchdowns.

College Career

Edelman started his college career at the College of San Mateo. He threw for 1,312 and 14 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,253 (a school record) and 17 touchdowns. He left the College of San Mateo after his freshman year and transferred to Kent State. In Edelman’s three-year career at Kent State, he passed for 4,997 yards, rushed for 2,483 yards, and scored 52 touchdowns. As a senior, he also caught 6 punt returns for 25 yards.

Here are some of the best plays Edelman made during his Kent State career: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4cBzerSW-c

 

College Combine

Edelman wasn’t invited to the NFL’s college combine in 2009. Instead, he held a Pro Day workout at Kent State for NFL scouts. His Pro Day numbers were:

40 Time: 4.52 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs.): 14 reps

Vertical Jump: 36 ½”

Broad Jump: 10’03”

20 Yard Shuttle: 3.92 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 6.62 seconds

 

The NFL scouts overlooked Edelman’s quarterbacking career and instead rated him as a wide receiver coming out of college. He was rated as the 56th best WR out of 306 WR’s eligible for the draft.

Edelman was also invited to New England to have a private workout before the 2009 draft.

NFL Draft Position

The New England Patriots used its seventh round pick to draft Edelman. He was originally projected to be a punt/ kickoff return specialist and a spare QB during training camp.

NFL Rookie Season

Edelman missed the first game of the season because of an ankle injury, but he made his presence known the following week with 8 catches for 98 yards against the New York Jets. Edelman also had 38 yards on kickoff and punt returns.

Edelman added another 13 catches to lead all rookies before breaking his arm in a game against the Tennessee Titans. He didn’t play again until November 15th.

Second Season

Edelman primarily played on special teams where he averaged 15.3 yards per punt and kick return. He had 37 catches for 359 yards and a touchdown on offense. He added another 6 catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the Wild Card game.

Third Season

Edelman was again relegated to special team service where he had 584 yards on 40 punt and kickoff returns. However, due to injuries, he got a chance to play in the secondary as a defensive back in several games. Edelman caused the fumble on the Ravens last drive to preserve the win for the Patriots that sent the team to Super Bowl XLVI.

Fourth Season

Edelman finished the season with 21 catches for 235 yards and 301 return yards on kickoffs and punts.

Fifth Season

With his rookie contract ended, Edelman signed a one-year deal to stay with New England. He finished the year with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and 374 yards on 35 punt returns. New England rewarding him with a four-year contract with an average yearly salary of $4.25 million.

Sixth Season

Edelman started 14 games for New England and ended up catching 92 passes for 972 yards. In the Super Bowl that year, Edelman had 9 catches for 109 yards.

Seventh Year

Edelman’s season was shortened due to a foot injury, but he still had 61 receptions for 692 yards with 7 TD’s. He ended up being designated as the 87th best player in the league in the NFL’s Top 100 Players.

Eighth Year

Edelman had 98 receptions during the regular season for 1,106 yards. Edelman finished the season by making a spectacular catch to keep New England’s game-tying drive alive in the Super Bowl. New England won the game 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

Career Highlights

Here are some of Edelman’s career highlights leading up to the 2016 season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW2MOoZBNio

Follow Edelman

You can follow Edelman on Twitter and Instagram. His address is Julian Edelman @edelman11