Is Julian Edelman truly retired?

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In the aftermath of Super Bowl LIII, the talk began of receiver Julian Edelman as a candidate for Canton. Our take at the time was that he still has more work to do to get there.

Two years later, he added a 1,117-yard season in 2019 (the third of his career), a three-catch, 30-yard postseason performance to cap that season, and 21 catches for 315 yards in six games last year. If he has retired, and if he won’t be unretiring, that’s still not enough to get to the Hall of Fame.

It just isn’t. Yes, he’s a Super Bowl MVP. So is Hines Ward. And Ward has 380 more career catches and 5,822 more receiving yards that Edelman. And Ward’s not in yet.

But even if/when Ward gets in, Edelman simply hasn’t done enough to get there. It can be argued that he would have done more if, for example, the Patriots hadn’t had Wes Welker in the early years of Edelman’s career. But that’s on Edelman; if you can’t beat Welker to get onto the field, how can you beat Welker (who also has far better career numbers than Edelman) to enshrinement?

Here’s why we’re writing this. Edelman could still return. Retirements, as we’ve learned time and again, aren’t binding. Even when announced via a video that creates the clear impression that: (1) he’s done; and (2) he’d never play for any team other than the Patriots.

Less than two weeks ago, Edelman posted an April Fool’s Day gag about joining Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Would anyone be shocked if that’s what happens?

Sure, he said in the retirement video that the wheels have come off. Just last week, however, the Boston Herald reported that it’s “doubtful” Edelman will be able to play a full 2021 season. This implies that he’ll be able to play some of 2021.

The Buccaneers don’t need him now. They don’t need him in August. Or September. Or October or November. He could join the team for the stretch run to get up to speed, with the goal of contributing in the playoffs. And he could then add to his postseason legacy, maybe even with another Super Bowl MVP award.

An unretirement currently seem unlikely in light of his health. However, as the NFL explained it earlier this morning via email, because Edelman has been cut by the Patriots, he won’t be subject to PED testing. Edelman, who was suspended four games in 2018 for PED use, could now — in theory — do whatever he has to do over the next several months without fear of PED testing, in an effort to get his knee right for one last ride in Tampa.

It wouldn’t be fair to mention the possibility of pharmaceutical intervention if Edelman hadn’t already been suspended for PEDs. But he was. So it’s fair to point this out when trying to read the tea leaves for a potential unretirement, a possible reunion with Tom Brady and Gronk in Tampa, and a potential run at what would be Super Bowl win number four for Edelman.

Is it likely to happen? Probably not. Is it a possibility that should be ignored? Definitely not.

90 responses to “Is Julian Edelman truly retired?

  1. I don’t personally care if he gets into the PF HOH. I do care that he helped bring three Lombardi trophies to New England and is one of the grittiest and determined players I have ever seen. Let people debate his relative greatness…. Patriots’ fans know his value.

  2. I don’t personally care if he gets into the PF HOF. I do care that he helped bring three Lombardi trophies to New England and is one of the grittiest and determined players I have ever seen. Let people debate his relative greatness…. Patriots’ fans know his value.

  3. If Antonio Brown refuses to re-sign, then Edelman may get a chance to play with the GOAT again.

  4. He is done. Anyone think the late part of his career might have been due to the fact he was taking illegal substances? Got that MVP where in baseball we would have been disqualified for the post season.

  5. These NFL guys endure more pain and punishment than the softies posting on here will ever know or realize. Myself included. If Edelman is broken, us on here would have gotten broken in half in less than one season. Have some respect. I’m not a Patriots fan.

  6. if the second most productive post season WR in league history isn’t a shoe-in for the Hof, then the HoF is fatally flawed

  7. Uber-competitors like Edelman probably have a hard time staying retired. It would make sense that, should his body heal, that the Bucs bring him in for a postseason run. I’m thinking that Brady could easily bring him up to playbook speed a lot easier than trying to connect with Antonio Brown. And the best part is, I don’t think it would cost Tampa Bay too much.

  8. That Edelman video with the empty directors chair was just about the lamest, most overly dramatic thing I’ve seen in a while. It was so self serious and bad that I couldn’t help but laugh and cringe

  9. One of my favorite players of all time. He always played best when the games mattered most. Welker was a choker. Edelman flashed greatness in the biggest games. He deserves to go to the HOF. In a HOF that allows Terrell Davis, Edelman should be a no brainer.

  10. Please stop with any Edelman HOF talk. He was a very good receiver, but should not even be discussed for HOF.

  11. BuckyBadger says:
    April 13, 2021 at 10:55 am
    He is done. Anyone think the late part of his career might have been due to the fact he was taking illegal substances? Got that MVP where in baseball we would have been disqualified for the post season.

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    He actually did get disqualified, served his time, THEN went on to earn the MVP.

  12. now do Lynn Swann ? he’s in the HOF and Edleman has him beat across the board regular season and post season

  13. ktoast says:
    April 13, 2021 at 11:11 am
    if the second most productive post season WR in league history isn’t a shoe-in for the Hof, then the HoF is fatally flawed

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    The HOF is fatally flawed.

  14. Unbelievable career, Falcons SB catch was the greatest I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Played on all sides of the ball. Nothing left to prove.

  15. The guy was a beast competitor and that’s what I care about. Talk about the HOF and un-retirement is for another day.

    Somebody said to me yesterday that he should get a TV gig. I hadn’t thought about that, but I can see it. He has always had an interest in media, and he’s an interesting character. A wise-cracking goofball a lot of the time, but then he has the ability to reach out to DeSean Jackson and Meyers Leonard to educate them in a positive way.

    Whatever he chooses to do with his post-playing life, I wish him all the best.

  16. Godzilla says:
    April 13, 2021 at 11:26 am
    BuckyBadger says:
    April 13, 2021 at 10:55 am
    He is done. Anyone think the late part of his career might have been due to the fact he was taking illegal substances? Got that MVP where in baseball we would have been disqualified for the post season.

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    He actually did get disqualified, served his time, THEN went on to earn the MVP.

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    Some sports disqualify cheaters from the postseason play as they should. People enhancing their bodies illegally shouldn’t be in the championship tournament of any sport for a calendar year.

  17. A white guy…edelman…get busted for PED’s…everyone applauds his grittiness and toughness.
    A black guy…gordan…get busted for weed and everyone calls him a loser and soft.
    A white guy…Kraft…goes to a massage palor and get a handy….everyone applauds him for getting it up.
    A black guy…watson….go to a massage palor and get a handy…he a pervert.

    Nah no pattern. Move along folks nothing to see here

  18. Uh, to commenter above – Terrell Davis was an NFL MVP, arguably the best player in the entire sport, and dominated the league. Edelman was not even close to either of those. So very very far to either of those things and it blows my mind that you had the audacity to compare Julian Edelman to Terrell freaking Davis

  19. I don’t want to hear another word about Edelman to the HOF unless guys like Rod Smith, Torry Holt, Reggie Wayne, and Hines Ward make it in first.

  20. Nah. Just wait until Edelman rests his body a bit, the Bucs have some mid-season injuries & Brady gives him a call. Jules will show up in Tampa in a nanosecond ready to board in Brady’s spare bedroom.

  21. Florio, that’s one ill-advised post masquerading as a frank discussion.

    You throw shade at him for repairing his body with drugs you well know Peyton Manning and others used to treat injuries. Edelman didn’t hide it like most players. Then you speculate he’s retiring to go through a similar repair process. Do you have an ethical problem with a guy with a career ending injury using legal medication to heal?

    Your post was an invitation to fans perched on moral superiority to diminish not only Edelman’s accomplishments but the man himself.

    Personally, my take away of Edelman as a player and a person coincides with Belichick’s.

  22. If Edelmans knee gets healthy enough by the time the bucs are approaching the playoffs, I have no doubt he’s in Tampa for one final run. He is too much of a competitor not to accept an offer from Brady.

  23. Lynn Swan…336 receptions, 5462 yards, 51 td, fantpt.860.4
    Julian Edleman…630 receptions, 6822 yards, 36td, fantpt. 976.6

  24. I realize this might be an unpopular opinion.

    Personally, I think professional athletes should be allowed to use PED’s. If they want to do it, more power to them. Besides, baseball’s best days were when everyone was juiced. I love to be entertained, and PED’s make the game more entertaining.

  25. But he also was a great punt returner as well, 4 TDs and 1986 total yards. Also second all time in playoff receiving yards 1,442 only behind Jerry Rice. He has better stats than Lynn Swann and he is in the HOF. Just saying, it shouldn’t be a no chance type of scenario.

  26. nflyoda says:
    April 13, 2021 at 11:19 am
    One of my favorite players of all time. He always played best when the games mattered most. Welker was a choker. Edelman flashed greatness in the biggest games. He deserves to go to the HOF. In a HOF that allows Terrell Davis, Edelman should be a no brainer.
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    Please let us know how many league season MVPs Edelman has vs Davis. What about Pro Bowl selections? Offensive player of the year? Seasons with double-digit touchdowns? League leader in touchdowns? It’s called zero Edelman! Oh, Edelman was a SB MVP, so was Davis. You’re not even comparing apples to apples. Davis had a short career? Yes, he went off the cliff in terms of performance after having surgeries for an mcl and acl tears. He didn’t prolong his career by using PEDs.

  27. Or Mike he could simply be retired.. Period…Oh and by the way this is Tom Brady’s last year as well. He’ll be going down with a knee injury by week 8

  28. Heck of a player and one tough sob on the field. Wow he took some vicious hits over the years. Hey only he knows how his knee is and if he truely thinks its shot, its shot. More than likely retirement is looking pretty good right now but then again if his knee is shot, what else does he have?

  29. Can anyone explain to me why guys like Hines Ward aren’t in, but Lynn Swan is in? Look at Lynn Swan’s career number… what a joke

  30. nflyoda says:

    April 13, 2021 at 11:19 am

    One of my favorite players of all time. He always played best when the games mattered most. Welker was a choker. Edelman flashed greatness in the biggest games. He deserves to go to the HOF. In a HOF that allows Terrell Davis, Edelman should be a no brainer.
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    Lol I dont necessarily agree with Davis being in the hall but the difference between him and Edelman is drastic and huge. Davis was the best player at his position for at the least 1 season of his career, Edelman was never even thought of as 1 of the top 20 Wr in ANY season he played

  31. “Can anyone explain to me why guys like Hines Ward aren’t in, but Lynn Swan is in? Look at Lynn Swan’s career number… what a joke”
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    Because it was a totally different game back then. Defenses had the advantage due to the rules and all passing numbers were thus way down compared to today. 50% completion rates were common and even top QBs routinely threw 15+ interceptions per season. Swann was one of the most acrobatic receivers in history in an era where a guy like him could totally shift the game with one great catch down the field.

  32. Wes Welker is closer to HOF consideration than Edelman is.

    Patriots HOF for sure. Not the Pro football HOF. Not even close.

  33. As a Patriot fan, Edelman is not a HOF. Period. Case closed.

    Hes been a great player for the Patriots but has never been an elite wr in any given season for the entire league. You certainly don’t elect a good NFL WR to the HOF because he played a lot of playoff games with the beat coach and QB of all time.

    Loved what Edelman brought to the field every time he was on it. But hes not a HOFer.

  34. He’s a great competitor and all, but HOF? Seriously?

    His 6822 receiving yards rank 156th all time. For some perspective, Jeremy Maclin sits at 152. I think it’s also fair to discount Edelman’s stats by 20% because not everyone gets to catch passes from the GOAT. If you do that, he’s out of the top 250, behind guys like Chris Calloway and Braylon Edwards.

    I’d think we would need to see eight more productive seasons out of him before mentioning Canton, and that ain’t happening. He was a very good, but not great player.

  35. He will get in because of the Pat’s but the HOF is a joke about who goes in or not, just like TO not getting in on the first try. Political and shady, look at Stabler and Flores.

  36. chuckshontaspads says:
    April 13, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Lynn Swan…336 receptions, 5462 yards, 51 td, fantpt.860.4
    Julian Edleman…630 receptions, 6822 yards, 36td, fantpt. 976.6
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    Totally different era, please. They threw like 17 passes a game. Look at the receivers not in. No way he leap frogs them. Even Patriots great Harold Jackson and Irving Fryer would run circles around JE and they are not in, stop it.

  37. joelmiller23 says:
    April 13, 2021 at 11:13 am
    That Edelman video with the empty directors chair was just about the lamest, most overly dramatic thing I’ve seen in a while. It was so self serious and bad that I couldn’t help but laugh and cringe.
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    If you laughed and cringed, that was probably the exact response he was going for!

  38. Is it just a Hall of Stats? Or is it also a Hall of Greatness? Because the story of the NFL involves both.

    We all know there are a lot of players who are in there for their numbers, but who never played much of a part in the great stories and memories of the game.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of guys who defined the stories of their eras and who were key characters in the biggest moments. Guys like Plunkett, Stabler, Eli Manning, and Edelman.

    A guy like Edelman was never going to be able to top any stats charts. Just not in the cards with the way his team works and his role in it. But he was a key difference-maker throughout his career, rose to the challenge in key moments, and was one of the most important links in 3 Super Bowl wins with an all-time great franchise.

    Make of that what you will. But for me, the Hall gets more boring by the year with all the “stats that didn’t add up to much” players – I think there needs to be a balance of different types of achievement.

  39. BuckyBadger says:
    April 13, 2021 at 10:55 am
    He is done. Anyone think the late part of his career might have been due to the fact he was taking illegal substances? Got that MVP where in baseball we would have been disqualified for the post season.

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    Technically it was (and still is) an unknown substance. It was also not coincidentally linked to his first knee surgery. In the world of continuous PED testing it’s highly unlikely it was anything more than a one off.

  40. Edelman was more than just a receiver. For instance, how many touchdown throws did Terrell Davis throw? Did Terrell Davis ever play on defense?

  41. icouldcareless says:
    April 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm
    Or Mike he could simply be retired.. Period…Oh and by the way this is Tom Brady’s last year as well. He’ll be going down with a knee injury by week 8

    And to quote the great Al Pacino “ uh oh, looks like we got ourselves a moron here”

  42. Lynn Swan…336 receptions, 5462 yards, 51 td, fantpt.860.4
    Julian Edleman…630 receptions, 6822 yards, 36td, fantpt. 976.6
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    All that proves is that Lynn Swan should not by in the HOF – not that JE should

  43. charchar says:
    Can anyone explain to me why guys like Hines Ward aren’t in, but Lynn Swan is in? Look at Lynn Swan’s career number… what a joke
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    Lynn Swann got in because he was well-liked, was a star in college, was a very graceful player on a Pittsburgh team that won multiple titles, and he made one of the all-time great Super Bowl catches that gets replayed on every highlight show ever.
    Swann was a very good and dependable receiver, but not even the best wideout on his team in my opinion, and doesn’t belong in the Hall when compared with other greats of his era.
    That said, you can’t compare receiving numbers from pre-1980s guys to any since. It was a totally different game then, played before ever-changing rules handcuffed defenses while making passing easier and easier.
    QBs today throw the ball more in one game than many did over the course of 2-3 back then. A receiver like Hines Ward got far more targets and had a much easier time getting open than great receivers did during Swann’s era.
    I’m not criticizing Ward or his greatness, just saying you can’t comparing receiving numbers across the eras. It’s apples to oranges.

  44. Lynn Swann played in the 70’s. If he played today, he would double his numbers. You can’t compare players across eras. Like Terrell Davis, Swan had a short, but dominant career.

    I would still put Edelman in the HOF though with Hines Ward and Tory Holt. The second most productive post-season WR of all time is a meaningful stat to me.

  45. I love Jules to death but no, he does not have the regular season numbers for the HOF. Then again, Joe Namath is in the HOF just for making a drunken prediction so maybe the numbers shouldn’t matter for any player.

  46. Lynn Swann played when receivers got concussions from running across the field. As a matter of fact, Swann DID get clotheslined and knocked out of a game against the Raiders. People worried about and game planned against Lynn Swann.
    Edelman is fortunate to play in an era that he could run free all over the field without getting touched and no one put their best defensive player on him.
    Having said that… the way the HOF is watered down now, he’ll probably get in.

  47. Edelman will go down in Patriots lore as a centrepiece to some of the franchises greatest moments. Who cares whether some random people do or don’t want him to be in the HoF?

    What a player, enjoy retirement!

  48. charchar says:
    April 13, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    Can anyone explain to me why guys like Hines Ward aren’t in, but Lynn Swan is in? Look at Lynn Swan’s career number… what a joke
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    The HOF loves Steelers, especially Steelers of the 70s that won 4 Super Bowls. Swann was great, but his career was very short. He shouldn’t be in the HOF. Hines Ward shouldn’t be either, but read the first few words of this paragraph. I think Ward will get in eventually.

  49. HGH should not be legal unless it is regulated.

    Too many athletes go to shady sources to get it, and some of it comes from overseas from countries with almost no regulations and oversight in place to protect people who are administered these drugs or medicines.

  50. Hines ward should never wear a gold jacket either. Edelman, perhaps, remains to be seen. I do think Edelman has aspects of his game that won’t help him in terms of hall of fame. Returning kicks and what not.

  51. If he isn’t retired, he should be. The guy has taken far too many wicked shots already. He should start thinking about his long term health.

  52. Julian Edelman is my favorite Patriot receiver, and all around utility man, after Troy Brown. Absolutely loved watching him play. Easily in the Patriot HOF, as soon as possible. If there was a NFL Playoffs HOF, sure. But the NFL HOF, that actually exists? Sorry Jules, I gotta say No. Have a great retirement!

  53. I hate the Steelers as much as I hate the Patriots, but Hines Ward was an all pro top five WR for six plus years.

    Welcome to the Rod Smith hall of fame Edelman.

  54. No PED is going to be able to replace what no longer exists in a knee. It may fall under “fair” because he was once suspended and while scientifically some PEDs can help with recovery it makes no sense to suggest they would help here considering his actual injury.

  55. So you’re essentially arguing people to stack and rack by playing longer should be in the HoF? Or are you arguing that unlike MLB Canton should embrace PED users?

  56. Umm arent his numbers better than Swann? Pretty sure the guy shiuld be in on his postseason play alone.

  57. Not bad for a college QB 7th round pick from a school that has no business being in Division 1. He will be enshrined one day, because the Pro Football HOF is all about putting in players that you want to come and visit the hall and see the bronze bust memorabilia and buy the merchandise. Popularity and the player’s back story weigh heavily in the HOF selection process. MLB HOF is way different than Pro Football HOF.

  58. Comparing Edelman to hines ward because they were both super bowl MVPs is pointless. Deion Branch was also a super bowl MVP. The MVP isnt why Edelman’s being suggested to the hall. The reason people suggest Edelman for the hall is because he’s second to Jerry Rice in playoff receiving yards ever. Hines Ward is 8th in playoff receiving yards. On each super bowl winning run that Edelman had he had 112 yards per game. He is the definition of a clutch player. Ward was a good player, but in his two super bowl winning runs he averaged 61 yards per game. Gronkowski averaged 65 in his two NE super bowl runs. Edelman stepped up his game to a whole different level when it mattered most and his 112 yards per game were instrumental with game winning touchdowns and catches throughout the playoffs for three super bowls. Whether that’s enough to get him into the HOF is another question, but just saying Hines Ward should beat him ignores why Edelman’s even being considered. He’s a unique player with unique qualifications and accomplishments.

  59. It’s pretty sad that one of the NFL’s most clutch players and hardest workers will probably not make the HOF. I don’t credit Belichick for making Edelman into the great player that he was. Edelman was self-made.

  60. He should join Tampa coaching staff immediately to coach the slot receivers. Scotty and Taylor will greatly benefit from it. In the mean time rehab his knee; join TB12 regime; get himself ready to play receivers in 2nd half or during the play off ala playoff Lenny

  61. He failed his physical people and was released, tells u all u need to know about the condition of his knee. His career was really excellent. He made the chains move for 12 years in NE, he more then any other player on offense was responsible for many of TFB’S stats. Edelman was one tough sob and Mr. Consistent when it came to dependability.

  62. For those who look to Pro Bowl as some requirement for entry into the HOF, a reminder that Tom Brady was not named to the Pro Bowl this year but won the SB. BTW, Brady beat three of this year’s Pro Bowl QBs to win the SB – Mahomes, Brees, Rodgers.

  63. Patriots HOF? Sure. Football HOF? Lol no. Hines shouldn’t get in, either. He was rarely the best WR on his own team. Chad Johnson was always a better WR in their primes, but Chad won’t get in because he didn’t stick around and pad his stats well past his prime like Ward did. Nor did he play for a great franchise.

  64. He can move on, flip burgers at Macs, and make far more money than he ever did at NE.

  65. He doesn’t need the Hall Of Pretty Good to validate his career. He has real hardware in his trophy case – he doesn’t need an ugly mustard jacket for his closet.

  66. Comparing Edelman to hines ward because they were both super bowl MVPs is pointless. Deion Branch was also a super bowl MVP. The MVP isnt why Edelman’s being suggested to the hall. The reason people suggest Edelman for the hall is because he’s second to Jerry Rice in playoff receiving yards ever. Hines Ward is 8th in playoff receiving yards. On each super bowl winning run that Edelman had he had 112 yards per game. He is the definition of a clutch player. Ward was a good player, but in his two super bowl winning runs he averaged 61 yards per game. Gronkowski averaged 65 in his two NE super bowl runs. Edelman stepped up his game to a whole different level when it mattered most and his 112 yards per game were instrumental with game winning touchdowns and catches throughout the playoffs for three super bowls. Whether that’s enough to get him into the HOF is another question, but just saying Hines Ward should beat him ignores why Edelman’s even being considered. He’s a unique player with unique qualifications and accomplishments.

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    When Hines Ward retired, I believe he was 5th in playoff receiving yards all time so I’m not sure your argument is as strong as you think it is. Additionally, Ward had 10 playoff TDs to Edelman’s 6. Ward averaged 12.8 yards per touch in the playoffs to Edelman’s 11.8 and he never fumbled in the playoffs, Edelman fumbled 3 times. Additionally, if I remember correctly, Ward injured his medial collateral ligament in his knee several weeks before the Super Bowl, so was severely injured for the entire 2008 SuperBowl run and still managed to contribute 9 reception on 11 targets for 168 yards, had he not been injured he would have likely contributed more, but the team used him as a decoy to open options for other receivers. They could do that because defenses recognized how valuable Ward was to the Steelers offense.

  67. Why WOULD he come back? If he comes back he forfeits the $2M injury compensation he gets from being released, and he’ll basically have his pick of media opportunities if he so desires (and will for sure be better than Gronk during his short sting with Fox). He’s got three rings and a SB MVP. For those who think he’s not a HOFer (I’m one of them), is playing a handful of games in TB or anywhere else and adding 20 rec and a couple TDs going to change anyone’s mind?

    I say enjoy retirement JE11, and don’t be a stranger.

  68. Patriots HOF? Sure. Football HOF? Lol no. Hines shouldn’t get in, either. He was rarely the best WR on his own team. Chad Johnson was always a better WR in their primes, but Chad won’t get in because he didn’t stick around and pad his stats well past his prime like Ward did. Nor did he play for a great franchise.
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    This is another comment that doesn’t pass the smell test. From 2001 – 2010, Hines Ward averaged 83 recs a year, 1014.6 yards receiving and 7.2 TDs. He retired in 2011. When did he stick around to pad his stats?

    Additionally, Ward could have kept playing, the dude ran a triathlon shortly after retiring and he had other offers, he just chose to retire a Steeler. For their part, the Steelers were phasing him out because they hit the mother load of receivers that their OC liked in Brown, Saunders and Wallace. But for many, many years Ward was the most consistent and clutch weapon the Steelers had, was the heart and sole of their team and was one of the best receivers in the NFL.

  69. HOF is a media popularity contest. edelman had a better career than plenty of hofers who never even showed up when it counted but played in big markets and were media darlings. he was huge in THREE super bowl wins including the two greatest 4th quarter rallies of all time. put your stat sheet in your shine box.

  70. and the same goes for hines ward, he played bigger than plenty of hofers but wasn’t in new york or he’d already be inducted.

  71. Edelman had a better career than lots of guys in the HOF who got in by being on TV.

  72. This Edelman HOF talk is getting wayyyyy more discussion than needed to be,,,this one last hoorah with Brady is nonsense especially when they won the super bowl WITHOUT him!!! The NFL draft is weeks away and this is pretty deep receivers class so C’mon people take the guy for his word and stop with the HOF mess and lets have this conversation in 5 years when he’s eligible,,,

  73. Fun fact: Deion Branch had a nearly identical career as Julian Edelman. 2x champ with the Patriots. Super Bowl MVP. 6600 receiving yards (reg season). Its scary similar. Is Branch a HOFer? Of course not.

  74. bcsublime says:
    April 13, 2021 at 2:28 pm
    I hate the Steelers as much as I hate the Patriots, but Hines Ward was an all pro top five WR for six plus years.
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    Hines Ward was never an All Pro, and only once was he top five in yards or catches.

  75. I don’t understand all the arguing over whether Edelman is Hall Of Fame worthy, or not.
    Regardless of whether he is a Hall Of Fame candidate, I think the most important issue is his health. He has taken a tremendous amount of punishment in doing the things he has done, and it’s more important that he not subject his body to any more punishment.
    As it is he’s probably going to have health problems down the road and if he continues to play, the odds that he will go up even more.
    I hope he retires and I hope he lives a long time with no health issues from football.

  76. Hines Ward is a good comparison. They are both super tough guys who ran great routes and got hit all the time. BOTH should be in the hall. But the hall is a glamour show, so they won’t. Puffed up sports writers will endlessly debate the subject and numbers etc. I’ll tell you this- I’d rather watch Edelman or Ward play than Jerry Rice.

  77. Edelman…a very good, tough and clutch receiver….plagued by injuries and really only had four (maybe 5 if kind) seasons that were very good. Doesn’t earn HOF because body of work is NOT there……

  78. davedsone says: April 18, 2021 at 8:00 am
    Hines Ward is a good comparison. They are both super tough guys who ran great routes and got hit all the time. BOTH should be in the hall. But the hall is a glamour show, so they won’t. Puffed up sports writers will endlessly debate the subject and numbers etc. I’ll tell you this- I’d rather watch Edelman or Ward play than Jerry Rice.

    Give me a break….Rice was outstanding for 15 of his 17 years (more than 65 catches)….and seldom missed a game except in one season where he only played in 2. Sorry dude, no comparison. I’m taking Rice every time!

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