New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recently tweeted an apology letter from his former teacher.
The letter reads:
"“Dear Jules,I’m not sure you’ll remember me: I was your teacher for your English 100 class at CSM in the spring of 2006. I’ve been wanting to write to you for, oh, what seems like a thousand years, to apologize to you for a flippant comment I made to you that semester. You may not even remember it, but I’ve felt bad about it for years. You had made some comment about “going to the league”, and I said something about setting realistic goals, about how few people succesfully enter the ranks of the professional athlete, blah, blah, blah. I don’t think it fazed you, frankly, but whenever I think back on it, I feel terrible, not because you proved me wrong, but because I stupidly voiced an uneducated opinion that implied I had distain for your passion for the game. I think it was early in the semester, before I knew you, but how I could ever have doubted your tenacity and grit is beyond me! Again, I doubt you’ve even though about it twice, but even so, I am sorry for wedging my foot so firmly in my mouth that day.”"
In the fall of 2006, Edelman began his three-year career at Kent State. Then a quarterback, he threw for 4,997 yards and 30 touchdowns in three seasons with the Golden Flashes.
The Patriots selected Edelman as a wide receiver with the 232nd overall pick in the 2009 draft and he’s remained with the team ever since. In eight seasons, he’s totaled 425 grabs, 4,540 receiving yards, 24 touchdowns, and two Super Bowl rings.
Facing long odds, criticism, and doubt is nothing new to Edelman. In August of 2016, he posted a video to his YouTube account titled ‘Julian Edelman Draft Report‘. In the clip, he reads his scouting report aloud while performing a vigorous workout routine. Edelman ends the video by saying, “There are only two things you can do when someone says you’re not good enough. You can prove them right or you can prove them wrong.” He’s done a superb job at defying the odds thus far.
Edelman captioned his Twitter post of the letter “set your goals high. do whatever it takes to achieve them. #motivation” It’s safe to say the veteran wide receiver’s goal for 2017 is Super Bowl or bust.