Tom Brady to Julian Edelman: You shined the most on biggest stage, in biggest moments

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Julian Edelman was Tom Brady‘s favorite receiver, with the most targets (1,036) and most catches (689) of anyone who has caught passes from the quarterback. Edelman had 7,674 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns on passes from Brady in the regular season and postseason combined.

Who would have guessed that Edelman (34) would retire before Brady (43)?

Edelman announced his retirement Monday, earning a public good-bye from Brady on Instagram.

“As I was writing this note, Vivi saw the first picture and said “daddy, tell Julian to cut his beard, I don’t like it”…which of course Jules, she never did like it….but you know who did…Me!! Because it meant you were locked in and it was playoff time,” Brady wrote. “That was when you shined the most. On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through. I was a witness to so much of the journey and am so proud of you and how you grew from 7th round underdog to an older 7th round underdog. The truth is, you never really grew up! You never lost that chip on your shoulder. You never let anyone define you as a person or player. You have so many teammates that admired your work ethic and will to win, and I am at the top of the list because when I was down and feeling sorry for myself at times, you were right there to pick me up. You were as tough as could be and I love you for all that you did to make our teams as great as they could possibly be.

“Seeing you become a dad and the changes you made in your life made me so encouraged and happy for you. Life is about gratitude and perspective! I am so happy for you and your family. You had an amazing football journey, an amazing life journey in New England, and I have no doubt you will succeed in anything you choose to do next! LFG

“P.S. the best met gala date crasher in the world!”

Edelman retires as a three-time Super Bowl champion and the MVP of Super Bowl LIII. He also made a game-saving, diving catch in the Patriots’ comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI and caught the game-winning touchdown when New England defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX.

In 19 postseason games, Edelman made 118 receptions for 1,442 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.

23 responses to “Tom Brady to Julian Edelman: You shined the most on biggest stage, in biggest moments

  1. Well, I think when both Brady and Belichick praise you, like they did Julien today, you are someone very special.

  2. In 19 postseason games, Edelman made 118 receptions for 1,442 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for 81 yards and a touchdown.

    Ummm. You left out the TD pass in a playoff game. Remember Raven fans….

  3. Simply a money player. And that’s when a lot of guys are too small for the moment (many more fail than succeed)

  4. I dont know who these two idiots are but Jules is a hall of famer by every measure there is . Stats yards reception superbowls and superbowl mvp. Stats better than megatron second only to Jerry Rice in playoff stats. Without Jules Tom not nearly as effective. No respect for a career that is hall of fame start to finish.

  5. Watching Tom Brady and jullian Edelman on the field together was a real joy. They shared the same wavelength and the same passion for football. Two great friends and team mates. There should he a great compilation video being put together dor these two.

  6. Good, tough player! Sad to see him go.

    At least Brady took the opportunity to get Brady’s name in the headlines, again. Gag.

  7. bradytrainersellsfakecancercures says:
    April 12, 2021 at 9:44 pm
    Not hard to be good when ya full of PED’s.

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    Careful not to choke on those sour grapes, man.

  8. davedsone says:
    April 13, 2021 at 6:28 am
    bradytrainersellsfakecancercures says:
    April 12, 2021 at 9:44 pm
    Not hard to be good when ya full of PED’s.
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    Someone’s bubbie is cold.

  9. William Lee says:
    April 13, 2021 at 8:10 am
    He should be in HOF if Eli is in.


    Eli is in thanks mostly to the fact Brady was pretty bad both of those Super Bowls.

  10. mlhigh77 says:
    April 13, 2021 at 1:05 am
    Good, tough player! Sad to see him go.

    At least Brady took the opportunity to get Brady’s name in the headlines, again. Gag.
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    No kidding.

    Tampa Bay Tommy can’t help himself.

  11. bigw54 says:
    April 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm
    I dont know who these two idiots are but Jules is a hall of famer by every measure there is .

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    Patriots hall of famer.

  12. Eli is in thanks mostly to the fact Brady was pretty bad both of those Super Bowls.

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    Brady is bad in “do what I want to do” system.

    Belichick changed the system in 2007, adopted a system like Peyton’s (more or less like Bruce Arian’s system), under which Brady held balls for big plays, which led to the misery in playoff for next 6 seasons.

    Belichick’s believers obviously are convinced that Belichick was such a fool that in 2007, he abandoned his magic system he invented at night of Sept 23rd, 2001, when he was hit by lightening.

  13. Elated as I was by Edleman’s catch against the Falcons in the SB, I was equally depressed by Tyree’s “helmet” catch in the Pats’ loss to the Giants. They’re still 2 of the greatest catches made in super bowls. Edleman was a “money” player and helped develop Brady’s GOAT classification. Julian was probably driven each season by thoughts of super bowls but now he knows there won’t be a SB in NE’s future for quite some time. With Brady gone, no reason to hang around and get “beat to death” in practice anymore. Smart move by an outstanding Patriots’ player.

  14. Brady is bad in “do what I want to do” system.

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    Whatever the reason why he was bad in those games, his performances helped cinch Eli a HOF spot. If he played better – and obviously he wasn’t the only one that could have been better – Eli is in the Hall of Very good without a championship.

  15. Whatever the reason why he was bad in those games, his performances helped cinch Eli a HOF spot.

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    You have a point, except you forget Gronk was injured in AFCCG right before the 2nd SB.

    The first SB, well, his right foot was injured in AFCCG :D)

  16. William Lee says:
    April 13, 2021 at 10:50 am
    Whatever the reason why he was bad in those games, his performances helped cinch Eli a HOF spot.

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    You have a point, except you forget Gronk was injured in AFCCG right before the 2nd SB.

    The first SB, well, his right foot was injured in AFCCG :D)

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    I’d think a guy who is supposed to be GOAT should overcome all of that. Brady didn’t. The intentional grounding lost the second one on its own and also should have also thrown a better pass to Welker. He also publicly scoffed at Plaxico Burress’s prediction that they’d only score 17 points in the first one. Bad look especially if you don’t play well enough to silence that kind of talk.

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