The New England Patriots have gotten off to a 1-1 start in 2021, as Mac Jones has helped the squad take down the Jets while narrowly taking the L against the Dolphins. The offense is looking better, though this improvement has come without the services of Julian Edelman in the slot.
Edelman is one of the greatest Patriots players in history, as his name is plastered all over the record books.
The former college quarterback became a reliable slot target for Tom Brady as he and New England were perpetually in the playoff picture.
Edelman hung it up after a 7-9 season last year, as he struggled to stay on the field due to his health in recent years. Even with that, it’s impossible to deny Edelman’s quality, and the Patriots will honor No. 11 by showing just what a pivotal figure he was during his career in the NFL.
During halftime of their Week 3 game against Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints, Edelman will be honored with a ceremony that pays tribute to his 12-year career in New England.
If anyone over the last decade is deserving of this honor, it’s Edelman.
Julian Edelman is getting honored by the Patriots.
As if Pats Nation needed more of a reason to attend Sunday’s game.
Only Wes Welker has more catches in a Patriots uniform than Edelman, and he also ranks fourth in receiving yards and ninth in touchdowns despite spending the early parts of his career buried on the depth chart. That’s a testament to his unparalleled consistency with the Patriots.
Perhaps even more impressive are his performances in the postseason. In addition to individual moments of brilliance like his miraculous double catch in the Falcons Super Bowl, his playoff totals are behind only Jerry Rice in NFL history. Anytime you’re mentioned with Jerry Rice, you’ve done something right as a receiver.
The Patriots have only retired seven numbers, though the likes of Brady and Rob Gronkowski will assuredly be joining them when they end their careers. While Edelman might not get that lofty honor confirmed just yet, he is worthy of being honored by the organization.
Edelman may have hung up his cleats, but it doesn’t sound like he is separating himself from the Patriots organization any time in the near future. Don’t be surprised if he ends up with the organization in some sort of official capacity, as he clearly has a love for this franchise and a desire to see it prosper in the future.
That much was obvious as soon as his retirement video dropped, shot on the field at Gillette.