Earlier today, I passed along the news that Tom Brady has been nominated for the FedEx NFL Air Player of the Week for Week 12. If you haven’t voted for Tom Terrific yet, you can get the link by going HERE. Also nominated for a weekly honor is Patriots utility man Julian Edelman. He has been nominated as the NFL’s Hardest Working Man of Week 12 for his multiple roles on the team. Here is the nomination blurb on Edelman:
Since the last of the legendary 60-minute men — “Concrete” Chuck Bednarik — paid farewell to the game, few have carried the torch of a bygone era in football, a time when players were on the field on both offense and defense. More recently, the Patriots — decimated by injuries in the defensive secondary during the 2004 season — had employed receiver Troy Brown as a defensive back. Fast forward a few years later, and the Patriots are borrowing a page from their recent past by using Edelman as a receiver/return specialist/defensive back. On Sunday in a 38-20 win over the Eagles, Edelman’s biggest contributions came on defense, where he stopped Eagles QB Vince Young on a scramble, and then executed a textbook hit on Young on a blitz. That’s just some good, old-school football on display.