Julian Edelman: It’s an honor to play with Tom Brady, I wanted to be him

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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was a quarterback until he got to the NFL. And the quarterback he wanted to be was Tom Brady.

Edelman said that when he was picking up the sport as a kid, Brady was the player he emulated.

“It’s an absolute honor playing with a guy like Brady,” Edelman said. “Trying to be him when I was in eighth grade and then you get to start playing Super Bowls with him, it’s pretty unbelievable. It’s something special.”

The 30-year-old Edelman is actually one of the older players on the Patriots’ roster, but he’s nine years younger than Brady. And he still feels a bit like the kid who wanted to be Brady.

74 responses to “Julian Edelman: It’s an honor to play with Tom Brady, I wanted to be him

  1. Pats are 14-6 without Brady and the qb position has thrown for 25 tds to 11 ints in those games.

    Is it the hood or the qb?

    Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?

  2. He wanted to be Tom Brady….who doesn’t?

    But now he is Minitron…..

    It could have turned out worse…..Lolzzzz…..

    Love me some Minitron….

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:29 PM

    OMG this is a cult this is not Scientology but Deflateology

    It’s a cult that would never have you as a member.

  4. In a sport where the average career for a player that makes an opening day roster is 6 years, Brady has played about 3 generations. Malcolm Mitchell is now playing in a Super Bowl with Brady and Mitchell was 7 years old when Brady won his first Super Bowl.

  5. It’s true, there are many great players that get stuck in awful systems with awful coaches and management. Calvin Johnson and LeSean McCoy are two of many examples.

    You don’t get to the NFL without potential. Some players will reach it with proper coaching and some will wander in the wilderness until they are forgotten or get injured and replaced by some other guy with potential.

    And sometimes players create their own success.

  6. He can tell his grandchildren that he is a close friend of the legendary Tom Brady. Pretty cool grandpa he will be.

    Yes… Hernandez loves Tom Brady still because Tom Brady treated him nicely as a teammate. Hernandez chose his path not Tom Brady, just so you know.

  7. Edelman is no slouch himself. He’s right with Brady in their work ethic, and it pay dividends come game time. Having been a quarterback, Edelman can more easily appreciate the amazing accomplishments of Brady. If you’ve lived to witness them, you’re a lucky fan–unless you happen to be a jealous hater…LOL

  8. justtherealfacts says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:37 PM
    Pats are 14-6 without Brady and the qb position has thrown for 25 tds to 11 ints in those games.

    Is it the hood or the qb?

    Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?

    ———–

    Do you realize that 11 ints is 5.5 times as many as Brady through for in twelve games this season? And he also threw for more than 25 TDs in eight fewer games….

  9. Love this kid.

    Tough as nails, the best punt returner ever, a gamer, clutch and one of the best 3 WRs in the AFC.

    Not bad for being a converted QB out of Kent State.

    Let the jealousy continue.

  10. No doubt, Brady has blossomed into a great QB, but if you think that Belichick, and Ernie Adams aren’t the brains behind the operation, and the reason the Pats are so successful, you’re nuts.

  11. The Brady/Hoodie argument gets tiring, it’s Hoodie more than Brady, but he’s still a part of the overall excellence, as is the rest of the team.

    A good QB gives the coach/coordinators more options to work with. If you know your QB can nail a 40 yard pass then you can work on coming up with a play that will get a player open down the field. If you know your QB can can go through his progression and fire off a pass to the check down within 2 or 3 seconds and keep moving the ball that makes the overall game plan easier.

    A good QB makes everything else on offense a little bit easier, a worse QB makes you have to work and plan harder every where else. Brady is a good QB, one of the best, which makes it easier for Bill et al to come up with options and a winning game plan.

    Bill can win with other QBs, but he has to work harder, and the rest of the team has to work harder to do it. So yes it’s more Bill than Brady, but Brady (and every other player who does his job well) makes it a whole lot easier.

  12. Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?
    ===

    I thought he was the GOAT??

    How could the GOAT fail anywhere.

    LMAO

  13. jackedupboonie says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:40 PM

    Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door
    ____________
    Who cares man? It’s pure gravy at this point to Pats fans. Pats can go 0-16 for the next 20 years and I know I’ll be fine. Go PATS!!!

  14. Bill Walsh was 8-24 before Montana and when Montana misses games due to injury the 49ers went 9-2 in games he missed. So do we discredit him or Walsh?

  15. Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?

    ——————————–
    We’ll never know because this scenario only exists in your elaborate fantasy world. The reality of it is he’s been dominating on the New England Patriots for a decade and a half.

  16. jackedupboonie says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:40 PM

    Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door
    ———————————————————-

    Well I guess we don’t need to worry now about Father Time since every expert here believes Brady is the product of the New England system. The “system” isn’t changing anytime soon.

    And yes, I’ll enjoy.

  17. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:05 PM
    No doubt, Brady has blossomed into a great QB, but if you think that Belichick, and Ernie Adams aren’t the brains behind the operation, and the reason the Pats are so successful, you’re nuts.

    ————

    Belichick had a great supporting case in Cleveland and in the first year in NE and he didn’t win squat.

    Belichick had the plan, but Brady made the execution of the plan possible.

    You need the field general because things never go exactly as planned once the ball is snapped.

    Ernie Adams is just a guy. There’s a documentary where he actually talks. He’s not a secret genius or anything.

  18. rhamrhoddy says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:24 PM
    jackedupboonie says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:40 PM
    Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door
    ____________
    Who cares man? It’s pure gravy at this point to Pats fans. Pats can go 0-16 for the next 20 years and I know I’ll be fine. Go PATS!!!

    ————

    Well maybe not 20 years. Don’t go too far 😉

  19. ‘It’s the system’ lmao. Football much? Any good staff is going to work their system to maximize a QB’s skill set. The QB becomes ‘the system’ and ‘the system’ the QB. Belichick and Brady have been doing it so well for so long that it’s become impossible to say where one begins and the other ends as far as ‘the system’ goes. But I have to say just seeing all the patsanoia up in here warms the hearts of the faithful. Your obsession and whining is like an extra cherry on top of this Pats fan’s Super Bowl sundae. Thank you and please keep it coming.

  20. Has no one on the Falcons said that “It is an honor to play football with Matt Ryan“?

    Matt Ryan is an excellent QB and seems to be a good leader, so where is that story?

  21. Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?

    ——————————–
    We’ll never know because this scenario only exists in your elaborate fantasy world. The reality of it is he’s been dominating on the New England Patriots for a decade and a half.

    ——————————————-

    I think to be fair, it’s this:

    1. No, he wouldn’t be as great under a different GM or Coach than BB.

    2. Brady is great regardless, but he would not have been quite as dominant elsewhere.

    To discount BB’s coaching and GM wizardry in the cap era, is a little bit silly.

    75% of the league is mismanaged and in a cap hell, which is why Spygate and Delfategate exist in the first place.

    The owners love basking in the tv money, but their ego gets dinged as their lazy behinds lose due to poor management at the top.

    NE has 24 playoff wins since 2001, more than half the NFL COMBINED since that time.

    Jealousy and silver spooned owners make for a bad combination and faux “scandals” they can use for Goodell to cheat the Pats.

  22. justafanofnfl says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:17 PM
    It’s interesting how folks who pretend to give real facts about Tom Brady forget the simple fact he was on the team in 2000 as well.

    —————–

    A) Everyone knows Brady was on the Patriots in 2000, but he was the 4th QB and had 1 completions on 3 attempts for the season. He wasn’t the starter.

    B) There are no real facts. Just facts. The “real” part is implied.

  23. justafanofnfl says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:17 PM
    It’s interesting how folks who pretend to give real facts about Tom Brady forget the simple fact he was on the team in 2000 as well.

    —————–

    A) Everyone knows Brady was on the Patriots in 2000, but he was the 4th QB and had 1 completions on 3 attempts for the season. He wasn’t the starter.

    B) There are no real facts. Just facts. The “real” part is implied.

  24. Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door

    ——————

    It is?

    NE has 75 million in cap space, leverage on FAs, a young team and a QB that isn’t slowing down any time soon.

    So, why would you act like “father time” is knocking?

    Maybe with Gomer Manning, his Chinese PEDs, wobbly throws and cap cheating with Denver, it was.

  25. Who doesn’t? He’s the GOAT. He’s also the reason why you are all here. Don’t be shy. Admit it, you’ll feel better.

  26. jackedupboonie says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:40 PM

    Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door
    ————————————
    Please stop. How am I going to enjoy the super bowl and all the celebrations afterward? Or the run to repeat next year? By listening to your frustration, that’s how. Thanks. See you soon.

  27. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:35 PM
    Edelman was the real MVP for SB 49.
    ===================

    But how can that be? Isn’t he just a product of the ‘system’ as you claim Brady is? If, as you have said so many times, all Brady can do is throw 2 yard passes then how can someone catching them be an MVP?
    You really just aren’t very good at this, even jacked/hugeheavy/priors is better. (and does it with fewer id’s)

  28. Very interesting that Edleman wanted to be just like Tom Brady in 8th grade…Brady wasn’t even a starting QB in the NFL yet

  29. Brady threw to three slot receivers that should make the Patriots HOF: Troy Brown, Wes Welker and Julien Edelman. They all love Brady.

  30. Julian, you’re probably the toughest player in the league, but I wish you’d stop the yapping during the game. It’s eventually going to cost a W if you get a ‘timely” flag.

    And when I say tough, just think how he ran through the LOB in February 2015. Took everything they could dish out and popped up smiling.

  31. So the cheating and cell phone never happened? You people are sick, delusional and pathetic. Where are the law suits for these fake claims? LOL with snot coming out of my nostrils. Keep drinking the Kool aide kids!

  32. maust1013 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 4:29 PM

    But how can that be? Isn’t he just a product of the ‘system’ as you claim Brady is? If, as you have said so many times, all Brady can do is throw 2 yard passes then how can someone catching them be an MVP?
    You really just aren’t very good at this, even jacked/hugeheavy/priors is better. (and does it with fewer id’s)

    ——————

    I only have a single ID on here and the mods can verify that. As far as Edelman, he played a great SB. Played with toughness, got separation, fought for YAC, blocked when asked. He could have done all of that with a high school QB. He should have been the SB MVP.

  33. justtherealfacts says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:37 PM
    Pats are 14-6 without Brady and the qb position has thrown for 25 tds to 11 ints in those games.

    Is it the hood or the qb?

    Would Brady even lasted 3 years in the league if he was drafted by the Browns or some other team with no system in place?
    ============================================

    Free speech is a great thing. Even complete morons are allowed their say.

  34. Every other franchise is so jealous. They only wish they could have Brady and dream about it every now and then.

    Anyways back to reality, Pats are in their 9th Superbowl!

  35. You haters are so (butt hurt) cute!

    It’s no fair! They can’t win all the time. We need to win too!

    He only throws short passes!

    He’s got a better defense!

    He’s got a better coach!

    He cheats!

    I’m (jealous) mad!

    Then like the immature dorky kid in high school you go egg the houses of all the girls who would never date you – even though you never asked them.

    Scoreboard.

  36. jackedupboonie says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:40 PM
    Pat fans enjoy this game…Father Time is knocking at the door

    26 83

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    Thanks captain obvious. But the last 16 years have been more than we could have dreamed of and all of the negative posts against the Pats can never take that away from us.

  37. aarons444 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 2:53 PM
    Is it the hood or the qb?
    ===

    Hood

    —–

    I don’t think this run is possible unless it is both.

  38. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:05 PM

    No doubt, Brady has blossomed into a great QB, but if you think that Belichick, and Ernie Adams aren’t the brains behind the operation, and the reason the Pats are so successful, you’re nuts.

    ————————
    Yes they are the brains,along with McDaniels,Patricia and Scarnecchia,but without guys like these to execute,there is no success. You need smart athletes with exceptional skills.

  39. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 31, 2017 5:25 PM
    maust1013 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 4:29 PM

    But how can that be? Isn’t he just a product of the ‘system’ as you claim Brady is? If, as you have said so many times, all Brady can do is throw 2 yard passes then how can someone catching them be an MVP?
    You really just aren’t very good at this, even jacked/hugeheavy/priors is better. (and does it with fewer id’s)

    ——————

    I only have a single ID on here and the mods can verify that. As far as Edelman, he played a great SB. Played with toughness, got separation, fought for YAC, blocked when asked. He could have done all of that with a high school QB. He should have been the SB MVP

    You lose all credibility for (at least) 2 reasons:

    1. You are really a Jets fan.

    2. No high school QB could do any of this. Lose the insane narrative that there is a magic system, that of course, no one else can follow even though it’s been on display to millions of people all of these years? Wouldn’t they (other coaches and teams) like to insert a high school QB in their awesome “system” too? Please explain said “system” to us? It’s a lazy, meaningless term.

    I’ll wait.

  40. footballboozer says:
    Jan 31, 2017 3:26 PM

    It amazes me all the Bills, Jets and Dolphins fans that spend all day waiting for a Pats thread to whine their life away
    ———————————————————-

    You know what amazes me? Pats fans that think they know so much of other fans and their teams. Personally, I only whine about the Brady and the Pats for 3 hours on Sundays, 4 months a year. The rest of the time I enjoy my family and friends as I build my own legacy albeit on a much smaller scale.

  41. I love the Belichick/Brady vs Brady/Belichick arguments. Regardless of anyone’s opinion, it’s unprovable. It is what it is. They are the most successful team in the NFL and both started in the same year. That’s all that can be said.

    But it sure is nice to have been a Patriots fan over the duration of their success. We get to sit back and watch the team morph itself into a winner yet again, every time a key player gets injured, gets arrested, traded via free agency, retires, slows down, free-lances, shows up naked or whatever.
    And what do players who played with Brady or for Belichick say afterwards? It’s the best run team I’ve every played for.

  42. Tough as nails, the best punt returner ever, a gamer, clutch and one of the best 3 WRs in the AFC.

    Not bad for being a converted QB out of Kent State.

    Let the jealousy continue.

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    I hope u don’t mean best punt returner in league history?

  43. I hate the Patriots.

    Brady’s one of the best ever. That statement is true. “Best ever” regarding anyone is 100% opinion. The cheating accusations may, or may not, hold some weight. Fans, non-fans, we’ll never know the truth. It’s not as cut-and-dry as with baseball, specifically Barry Bonds, but to me there will always be a similar cloud over their heads, preventing me from admitting that they are the greatest of all time.

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