Julian Edelman: MVP honor belongs to a whole group of guys

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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman accepted his Super Bowl MVP trophy this morning but said it belongs to his teammates as much as him.

Edelman said he’s been proud of all of his teammates, who fought with him through the season.

“It’s an absolute honor to get this award, but honestly I’m just so proud of the group of guys that we had this year. With the ups and downs that we all had, the ebbs and flows of the season, when you play a whole year you see how the team shapes up, and to see how this team grinded and worked each week, when things weren’t at their best, to constantly try and improve shows what a group of guys it was,” Edelman said.

Edelman had 10 catches for 141 yards against the Rams, and added to a playoff résumé that is one of the most impressive of any wide receiver in NFL history. But the Patriots, with six titles in nine Super Bowls, have a full team of guys with playoff résumés among the greatest in NFL history.

84 responses to “Julian Edelman: MVP honor belongs to a whole group of guys

  1. Why do we keep talking about the Patriots’ nine Super Bowls? Tom Brady has played in nine Super Bowls. The New England Patriots have played in 11 Super Bowls.

  2. I’m with Chris Simms on Edleman’s MVP in this one. Simms was spot on and was the first thing I thought of in seeing Edleman up there collecting his award.

  3. True dat. Mostly defensive guys. Nice game by Edelman stat-wise but the only TD was setup by that great Gronk catch and for all Edelman’s catches and yards they oddly never seemed like they really hurt the Rams.

  4. The Patriots correctly read that Goff would react to pressure like Bledsoe did.

    Anyone who whines that this was about an incompetent offense didn’t watch the same game I did. Goff struggled and to a lesser extent Brady too because of what the other teams dialed up on defense. This was a defensive clinic in an era where people are used to video game football. 🙂

  5. Those 141yds helped wear down the vaunted Rams D and without it the Pats wouldn’t have sustained any drives – 8 of Edelman’s 10 catches moved the chains. The Beard to be Feared.

  6. Dude is a tenacious little beast. He does seem to play angry. Not a fan of the Pats, but gotta give credit when credit is due.

  7. 2 weeks ago I said that while I love Jules and he’s a insta lock for Pats HOF the NFL HOF is a reach. I would like to retract that statement and say that JE11 is a NFL HOFer.

    Also schools will be cancelled on Tuesday for the SUPERBOWL Parade!

    That is all
    The Mayor.

  8. Not sure if I agree that Edelman is the GOAT playoff receiver, but he certainly came up big in this season’s playoffs/Super Bowl. Patriots never get to this year’s game without him.

  9. mogogo1 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 8:57 am

    True dat. Mostly defensive guys. Nice game by Edelman stat-wise but the only TD was setup by that great Gronk catch and for all Edelman’s catches and yards they oddly never seemed like they really hurt the Rams.

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    Since the majority of Edelman’s receptions resulted in 1st downs I’d say considerable harm was done to the Rams —- the TOP disparity came into play on that long-a drive the Pats used to kill the clock.

  10. All three phases of the game are interdependent. the defense and special teams were excellent while the offense struggled but Edelman’s 8 first downs on 10 catches helped the Patriots dominate field position and kept the Rams great kicking game from putting more than three points on the board.

    Allen. and guys like Slater, did a great job punting and downing the ball inside the ten. The offense couldn’t score but they weren’t just going three and out like the Rams.

  11. Please Commissioner Goodell, suspend another Patriots player for the first four games next year. Every time you do so the Patriots not only win the super bowl but the suspended player earns the Super Bowl MVP.

  12. It is a shame this ‘Group of Guys’ who just brought a sixth Super Bowl to the Pats organization and the great fans of New England just never seem to have any fun. They sure looked miserable last night didn’t they? I cannot imagine how miserable they will be looking during the parade. I know that Lane Johnson and Cassius Marsh are taking great comfort in their misery.

  13. red says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Edelman will go into the Pats HOF… but the NFL HOF? LOL

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    I still don’t think he’ll get there but he’s miles closer to it than he was 24 hours ago. Just being real.

  14. Horrendously boring D League game! I guess they should give everyone a trophy for that embarrassment of a game.

  15. Pats fan here. Jules is the man and deserving of pats hall of fame for sure. Forever greatful for what he’s done for this franchise. However, he has 30 career TD’s, 0 pro bowls, and fewer catches and yards then Dwayne Bowe. Cmon man he ain’t a hall of famer lol

  16. The punter was the MVP he kept the rams pinned down all day. In a 13-3 game the punter should get the trophy

  17. avpackfan says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:15 am
    Not sure if I agree that Edelman is the GOAT playoff receiver, but he certainly came up big in this season’s playoffs/Super Bowl. Patriots never get to this year’s game without him.
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    Well statistically the only player above him is Jerry Rice and that gap is quickly closing.

  18. It just goes to show you that Edelman and Hightower are (behind Brady) the two most indispensable players on the Patriots. If they play in the SB, we win. If they don’t, you have teams like the Giggles beating us. We have those two guys in SB51, we would have won 3 in a row.

  19. magicmike1225 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:40 am
    Pats fan here. Jules is the man and deserving of pats hall of fame for sure. Forever greatful for what he’s done for this franchise. However, he has 30 career TD’s, 0 pro bowls, and fewer catches and yards then Dwayne Bowe. Cmon man he ain’t a hall of famer lol

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    If he plays at this level for a few more years then he will have a case. It’s not out of the question.

  20. phinatic29 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Edelman proved the PED Suspension was well worth the benefits
    ——————————————————————————————–Yes. He was suspended for PED use. I will give him the benefit of the doubt though in that he took PEDs in order to heal faster from his injury that put him on IR all of last season. That doesn’t justify it-but I understand it.

    I reserve my eyebrow raising for the guys who get caught with PEDs who were not injured and have all sort of dog ate my homework excuses as to why they had the stuff.

  21. This game was all defense. The MVP should have gone to Stephon Gilmore. He had five tackles, an interception, three passes defensed and a forced fumble. Brandon Cooks would have had a touchdown if Gilmore didn’t rip it out in the back of the end zone.
    I like Edelman, but Gilmore is the MVP.

  22. tb12greatest says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:56 am
    It just goes to show you that Edelman and Hightower are (behind Brady) the two most indispensable players on the Patriots. If they play in the SB, we win. If they don’t, you have teams like the Giggles beating us. We have those two guys in SB51, we would have won 3 in a row.
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    The Pats had one receiver all night who could get open and it showed. And they still won. I think they missed Gordon a lot. Need to open things up and hopefully that will happen either with Gordon, a draft pick or someone else they bring on.

  23. Aside from rewriting all the record books tho patriots have also changed the way people look at Hall of Fame players. no longer I are stats only reason why you put a guy in there. Anyone who understands football at all understands Edleman is a very special talent and deserves to be in there as much as any other player in there

  24. Definitely the offensive MVP. The rest of their WRs no-showed almost completely. Hogan and Dorsett had zero catches combined, and Patterson caught a couple of screens/sweeps.

  25. “Since the majority of Edelman’s receptions resulted in 1st downs I’d say considerable harm was done to the Rams”
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    It’s hard to have a stat line like that and NOT have helped your team. But indicative of just how boring the game was that he may have kept drives alive but virtually all those drives ended in no points. If ever a game cried out for a defensive MVP it was this one. If they couldn’t single out one defensive guy it should have been the full defense sharing the award. At least Edelman was more deserving than Brady who you KNOW had to of gotten several votes because the guys voting on that award never want to think TOO hard about it.

  26. “Brandon Cooks would have had a touchdown if Gilmore didn’t rip it out in the back of the end zone.”

    Believe that was Jason McCourty on that play

  27. Jerry “Stickum” Rice, who admitted cheating for years, is the GOAT but Edelman is a clearly a HOFer based on performance when it counts.

  28. streetyson says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Those 141yds helped wear down the vaunted Rams D and without it the Pats wouldn’t have sustained any drives – 8 of Edelman’s 10 catches moved the chains. The Beard to be Feared.


    Not a Pats fan but just my unbiased take:
    that was exactly my thought. Edelman has been a pesky thorn for all opposing defenses during this playoff run. He was a true difference maker in all 3 games, constantly eating up YAC and moving the chains on majority of his catches. JE calls it a team effort but the man as an individual got himself open constantly. Yeah it was a defensive game but JE was the one constant that kept the Patriots going. Much respect for this very underrated WR. Well deserved MVP.

  29. Everything was LOW about this Superbowl even the Ratings, Which have it at its lowest in 10 yrs.The map of the country wasn’t joking during the playoffs when they were rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs to make it to the finals. The bottom line is fans want to be entertained, so the Chiefs with the MVP against anyone in that final would have been very EASY on the EYES.

  30. rccltd says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Horrendously boring D League game! I guess they should give everyone a trophy for that embarrassment of a game.
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    simple solution and easy to fix … change the channel or turn off the TV !!!

  31. The Rams secondary was their weakness on defense. Talib helped but he cannot cover shifty quick receivers like Edelman. Wade Phillips had Chris Harris Jr in Denver who could cover Edelman and had success.

  32. How about that GOAT eh? 56% completion rate. 0 TD’s with a pick. The real GOAT is Bill Belichick. Once again, his game planning is impeccable. Absolutely stuffed one of the best offenses in the NFL. Managed a great run game with no-name RB’s against an excellent front 7. Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.

  33. Deric Gregory says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:34 am
    How about that GOAT eh? 56% completion rate. 0 TD’s with a pick. The real GOAT is Bill Belichick. Once again, his game planning is impeccable. Absolutely stuffed one of the best offenses in the NFL. Managed a great run game with no-name RB’s against an excellent front 7. Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.

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    Absolutely. Plus, he drafted and developed Brady. I laugh at how people think Brady was some #1 overall pick like Polian had with Manning.

    It’s pretty much all BB.

  34. These Super Bowls are not wins by Brady or any other one player but by a great team and most importantly a brilliant head coach. Edelman didn’t do anything spectacular but that wasn’t his job. His job was to be steady, precise and consistent and he did it perfectly.

  35. I thought Brady’s teams were trash and he carried them on his back? Edelman and Gronk are trash. So is Hightower and Gilmore. So were Moss, Welker, Dillon, Branch, those amazing o-lines, Richard Seymour, Bruschi, Seau, Revis, Asante Samuel, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, etc etc.

  36. Sweet Insanity says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:20 am
    Everything was LOW about this Superbowl even the Ratings, Which have it at its lowest in 10 yrs.The map of the country wasn’t joking during the playoffs when they were rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs to make it to the finals. The bottom line is fans want to be entertained, so the Chiefs with the MVP against anyone in that final would have been very EASY on the EYES.

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    sure tons of scoring and no defense may have made for a cool looking college basketball type of score. however the chiefs, and mahomes, showed they couldnt beat good teams all season. so yea, inferior talent in the big game may have made it more high scoring, but any big play either way could have swung victory in this game. if you thought this game was boring you dont understand football at its core. thats all.

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:37 am
    Deric Gregory says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:34 am
    How about that GOAT eh? 56% completion rate. 0 TD’s with a pick. The real GOAT is Bill Belichick. Once again, his game planning is impeccable. Absolutely stuffed one of the best offenses in the NFL. Managed a great run game with no-name RB’s against an excellent front 7. Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.

    1 0 Rate This

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    Absolutely. Plus, he drafted and developed Brady. I laugh at how people think Brady was some #1 overall pick like Polian had with Manning.

    It’s pretty much all BB

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    21/35 is 60 percent buddy. you lost all credibility with any argument with your inability to do elementary math. and somehow i dont see bill belichick making that perfect touch pass to gronk between two defenders at the 1. sure he can s go make that play, but he couldnt do it himself. its the team. its bill’s mantra followed by the players (tom especially)buying in and doing their part without ego. thats why no other team can figure it out. their coaches arent very good, and cower to the players, who in turn act like prima donnas. tom takes team friendly contract extensions, and wins and loses with grace. thats all.

  38. Deric Gregory says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:34 am
    How about that GOAT eh? 56% completion rate. 0 TD’s with a pick. The real GOAT is Bill Belichick. Once again, his game planning is impeccable. Absolutely stuffed one of the best offenses in the NFL. Managed a great run game with no-name RB’s against an excellent front 7. Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.

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    Brady has a lot of pressure (just like Goff) from the Rams defense. But in the 4th quarter when it counted he was money as usual. First going 4/4 with two terrific passes to Gronk and then leading the team for another 3 points to seal the win.

  39. “How about that GOAT eh? 56% completion rate. 0 TD’s with a pick. The real GOAT is Bill Belichick. Once again, his game planning is impeccable. Absolutely stuffed one of the best offenses in the NFL. Managed a great run game with no-name RB’s against an excellent front 7. Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.”

    I always wonder if posts like this are from people ignorant of the facts or just trolling.

    First, I admire BB and think he’s an extortionary coach, but IMO, Brady has been the driving force behind the Patriots success.
    Bill Belichick was a HC for 6 years before Brady was drafted. During those 6 years he had a sub .500 record. His first year with the Pats (2000) they went 5-11. The next year Bledsoe went down, and Brady led them to the Superbowl. So, did Belichick miraculously become a “genius” in 2001? If he was so brilliant shouldn’t he have done better than 5-11 with Bledsoe during his first year with the Pats?

    Again, I’m not taking anything away from BB, but he needed Brady more than Brady needed him. The facts don’t lie.

    Tom Brady = G.O.A.T

  40. If this was baseball he would never even sniff the HOF. Since it’s ok for football players to take PEDS then he will be first or second ballot.

  41. Edelman was like a Houdini in that Rams’ great defense. He was just incredible and seemed like Brady’s only functioning weapon for a while. Of course they all deserved to the MVPs. They toiled together and have no ego. They are a team, they are one.Edelman is just the designated MVP.

  42. Edelman was the best offensive player in the game, but the MVP should have gone to someone (Gilmore) on that defense. This is only the second time in Super Bowl history that a team was held without a touchdown, the first time since SB VI.

    In one sense, the biggest shame of this game is the fact that an outstanding effort by the Rams defense will get no attention because they were bested by the Patriots defense. Holding the Patriots to 13 points in a Super Bowl is incredible.

  43. He deserved the MVP. With the D giving up only 3, it would have been nice if a single player stood out to be given the award to represent the D, but no one did.

    But it is ironic, that of all teams, its a Pats WR that wins Super Bowl MVP in the same year he was suspended 4 games for PED’s (cheating).

  44. “I’d like to thank my doctor who prescribed my steroids, the chemists who tirelessly worked to create the steroids, and the fans who overlook my habits of cheating for professional and financial gain”.

  45. ajgoldie says:
    February 4, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Busted for steroids but now MVP…. the NFL’s hold on hypocrisy is second to none

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    But it’s okay for people like Peyton Manning to do it and not a thing was done. Goodell wouldn’t dare suspend a member of the royal family of football because it would have ruined the whole narrative. Edelman paid the price,what more can he do?
    Players on EVERY team make mistakes.

  46. fordbw says:
    February 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Edelman had a nice game but Pats defense was the real MVP.

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    …and Edelman stated as much in his presser.

  47. GoodellMustGo says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    Dude won 11 games with Matt Cassel.
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    How did they do in the playoffs?

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    How did they do in the 2002 playoffs with Brady?

  48. Who was that homeless guy who snuck in and handed the MVP award to Edelman? Well deserved BTW, Julian.

    60% completion percentage? I thought Brady deserved 60% of the MVP just for standing tall with Suh and Donald for 4 quarters and then orchestrating the final drive.

  49. Edelman is a tough cover. But comparison’s to Jerry Rice are laughable. Yardage, TD’s, receptions, not in the same league. And imagine Jerry Rice and Montana playing with today’s rules supporting offenses, and strapped defenses of today. Edelman is as tough a competitor as there is, but does anyone outside NE actually believe he’d be in this HOF conversation if he didn’t play with NE and in the NFC least? Still, hats off to the guy. He’s too could a player to have been popped for peds.

  50. Edelman is as clutch and tough as there is, but it might take 2-3 more great years and playoff performances like this year get him into the HOF. At that point, he’d have 700-800 catches and be right with Jerry Rice in playoff receptions. You also have to factor in rings. That would be hard to deny.

    Someone remind me again though: how do the Patriots keep beating anyone outside of the “AFC Least” with the same cold and successful impugnity? And how does Edelman have even MORE success in big games?

    What—nothing?? Ok then….

  51. Ive watched a lot of years of football and I’ve never seen a 5’9 white guy with only average speed shred NFL defenses like he did this year. Guys with literally twice his talent couldn’t do a thing to shut him down. Just crazy.

  52. tylawspick6 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

    It’s pretty much all BB.

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    Go back and watch a video from the 2000 Orange bowl where the Michigan starting QB spotted Georgia 14 points before Brady was brought in from the bench.

    Brady then led Michigan back and secured a win for Michigan. Brady threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns, while only playing a portion of the game.

    That feat suggests that Brady was clutch back in college and Brady already showed the ability to lead a team to a comeback. You know that Brady led many Patriot comebacks since 2001 when he was drafted by the Patriots.

    I saw one documentary where it was said that Brady was already doing better during his rookie preseason camp than Bledsoe, who had just signed a 100 million dollar contract with the Patriots. You can’t bench a QB making that kind of money. When Bledsoe got injured it opened the door for Brady.

    BB was the perfect coach for Brady and Brady was the perfect QB for BB. I would suggest that it was both of them.

  53. bassplucker says:
    February 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Ive watched a lot of years of football and I’ve never seen a 5’9 white guy with only average speed shred NFL defenses like he did this year.

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    Would you also say that Antonio Brown has average speed?

    2010 Draft Antonio Brown 5’10” 186 lbs
    40 time – 4.56s
    3-cone time- 6.98s

    2009 Draft Julian Edelman 5 10 3/8 195 lbs
    40 time – 4.52s
    3-cone time – 6.62s

    JE11 is bigger than AB.
    JE11 was faster in the 40
    JE11 was also faster in the 3-cone which shows why he can change direction and get open quickly. The 3-cone time is why the Patriots drafted him.

  54. For those of you who don’t think JE has a shot at the HOF, he’s currently the #2 all-time WR in playoff receptions and yards, behind only Jerry Rice.

    JE 115 catches, 1,412 yards, 18 games (14 started)
    JR 151 catches, 2,245 yards, 29 games (29 started)

    JE averages more catches and yards per game in the playoffs than JR did – think about that. While he isn’t scoring the TDs, he’s methodically been one of the best playoff WR in NFL history and if he plays in ~5 more games, he’ll likely pass JR in both catches and yards, in less games played.

    So yeah, hate on him all you want, but the dude is tough as nails and if you wouldn’t want him on your team you’re crazy. He may not put up AB video game type regular season stats, but when it matters in the playoffs, he could go down as the #1 WR in the history of the NFL.

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