A Memoir


By Julian Edelman

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Bill Belichick: “Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals.”

Tom Brady: “It’s a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian.”

The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL.

When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn’t only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady-or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong.

Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school where he went from a 4’10”, 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone’s expectations. Everyone’s expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness.

When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the 5’10” college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he’d never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL’s most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games.

Relentless is the story of Edelman’s rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growing up with a father who was as demanding as any NFL coach, his near-constant fight to keep his intensity and competitiveness in check in high school and college, and his celebrated nine seasons with the Patriots. Julian shares insights into his relationships and rivalries, and his friendships with teammates such as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Matt Slater, and Randy Moss. Finally, he reveals the story behind “the catch” and life on the inside of a team for the ages.

Inspiring, honest, and unapologetic, Relentless proves that the heart of a champion can never be measured.




From the moment we got into our locker room at halftime, I told anyone who’d listen how the second half was going to go. “It’s gonna be a helluva story, boys!”

With the score leaving us buried under a 21–3 deficit, Super Bowl LI had been a thirty-minute horror show at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Atlanta Falcons’ speed and execution and our lack of precision put us in a Super Bowl hole deeper than one any team had ever climbed out of.

What made me so sure there would be a plot twist? Didn’t I have doubts? No. We’d been in holes like this before. In Super Bowl XLIX, we trailed by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter against Seattle. No team had ever erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl. We did.

Nobody believed in us then. I was sure nobody believed in us now. That didn’t matter. Nobody believed a lot of us would even get to the NFL. Here we were. Nobody believed Tom Brady would go from a sixth-round pick to the best ever. He did. Nobody believed Bill Belichick was a legend-in-waiting when he was hired by the Patriots in 2000. He was. Nobody believed I could play quarterback at a Division 1 football program in college and turn myself into a wide receiver in the NFL. I had. Our organization was loaded with people who ignored doubters to get where they were.

The key to achieving isn’t looking at the ultimate goal. It’s believing and then focusing completely on the next step in front of you. That’s what our offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, kept telling us. “Don’t do anything you can’t do. Don’t try to make it all up in one play. Play each play by itself.”

Just before the second-half kickoff, Tom sat down next to me on our bench. I reminded him once more, “Gonna be a helluva story.”

“Hell, yeah,” he said.

Coming out of halftime, the Falcons threw one more shovelful of dirt on us and went up 28–3. Finally, it was time to dig out, and everybody grabbed a shovel.

We were down 28–9 after three quarters thanks to a James White touchdown catch. We added on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal to make it 28–12. Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan and TB cashed that in with a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola early in the fourth quarter. We got the two-point conversion from James and you couldn’t help but do the math in your head and think, Hey, we have an opportunity here…

We were almost out of the hole.

There was an excitement right then that you could feel. It’s hard to describe it. I’ve been on mentally tough teams, but this one was something special. We played the first four games of the season without Tom. We lost his backup Jimmy Garoppolo in the second game of the season. We pulled together as a team after getting rocked by the trade of one of our best defensive players, Jamie Collins. We kept on after losing our great tight end Rob Gronkowski to a back injury. We knew how to take a punch. We also knew how to respond to one.

Poise meant everything. We knew what we were in the midst of doing in that second half. Hell, Duron Harmon, one of our safeties, walked into the locker room at halftime and said, “This is going to be the greatest comeback of all time!” and we all believed him. But we had a lot to do to make Duron—and me—prophets. There was no early celebrating. I thought, It’s happening, but I won’t get excited like we accomplished something. Just keep going. One play at a time. Do your job. Stay in the moment. The messages we’d received from Coach Belichick since we became Patriots were in full effect as we took the field with 3:36 remaining, 91 yards and a two-point conversion from tying the game.

We know situations. Our percentages were low. Real low. We had to be almost perfect. We needed a chunk play: a bunch of yards in one big bite. That’s important for a successful two-minute drive, and the Falcons knew it as well as we did. They’d be looking for any downfield throws.

On first-and-10 from our 36 with 2:28 left, we went for the chunk.

As we came to the line, I saw that the Falcons’ alignment gave me a “chute” route, which meant that if their two safeties were split, I would keep my route thin, sprinting in a direct line toward the goalpost upright nearest me. If there was a single safety in the middle of the field, it would be a situation known as “middle field closed” and I would run a crossing route. It’s a pretty standard NFL route. You just adjust and take what the defense is giving you.

Atlanta moved into a defense known as “cover-5.” That’s two deep safeties, each one covering half of the field, and man-to-man coverage underneath. My defender, the Falcons’ corner Robert Alford, had inside leverage, meaning he was lined up to stop me from going inside him to the middle of the field. We both knew that the deep middle was the weak spot, because the safeties were split. Just beat Alford, then get inside him.

We’d executed the same play a couple of times in practice leading up to the Super Bowl back when we were in Foxborough. Usually, if we hit something in practice that’s a chunk play, Tom will want to run it because it means we’re already comfortable with it. You need that confidence.

Alford was backed off the line about three yards. Our big tight end, Martellus Bennett, was lined up to my right, and outside him was James White, our running back. At the snap, I had to get up on Alford fast, then shake him.

Alford is a really good cornerback—he even had a pick-6 on Tom in the first half—but I felt I had him where I wanted him. I took off hard to set him up for a sharp cut about ten yards downfield. But I didn’t give him a great move. Instead of sticking my right foot in the ground hard and cutting sharply, I rushed and rolled into my cut. I didn’t get across his face as effectively as I wanted. Alford warded me off and caused me to drift a little farther upfield so my cut wasn’t sharp at all.

On a route like this, the quarterback’s worst nightmare is the defensive back turning his head around getting a look at the ball, especially if the receiver is behind the DB. That’s what Alford did. I saw his head turn and thought, Oh, shit. If this gets picked, we’re done.

He was slightly off stride, though, so all he could do was jump and bat at it. I jumped when he did, so I was stuck in the air, staring at the ball as it dropped. I was like a guy in the desert who hasn’t seen water in ten days pulling up to a stream. I had to get to that ball. It felt like life or death.

Alford was on the ground now, the ball falling toward him. The two safeties—Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal—weren’t split anymore. They were coming for the ball, too. I landed, took two little steps to gather myself, and dove, my eyes glued to the ball.

I had to grab it before it dropped to Alford. Neal was pushing through my right side, stretching his hands past mine. The red gloves of Allen were sliding in. Everybody’s hands were converging.

The ball hit Alford’s leg and I curled my right hand around it at the same time, then repositioned quickly for a better grip with both hands. Alford kicked at the ball. I let go to reposition my hands a second time, then slapped them back on. Now that I had control, I rolled to box out Neal. The critical thing? Neal’s arm. I was worried he’d knife his hand in and pry my arm or hand off the ball. That is a huge coaching point for both sides, offense and defense. Whenever there’s a contested catch, the defense goes for your arms and rips. All I was thinking was, “Catch and protect, because these MFers are pros! They’ll get it loose!”

With Neal digging and me rolling, I realized it never hit the ground. It was time to sell it. Before the referees got to us, I started to yell, “I caught it! I caught it! I caught it!” The sales job was important because if the referees ruled that it was incomplete, we would have to challenge the call.

That was risky, because if we didn’t win the challenge, we’d lose a time-out. Would it be worth doing that for a twenty-three-yard gain with two minutes left in the game? Whatever the call is, “indisputable video evidence” is needed to overturn it, so we needed the initial ruling to be that it was a catch.

The officials ruled that it was. Now Atlanta had to challenge.

As I stood there, looking up at the video board, I had no doubt that I’d managed to keep the ball off the ground. One of the Falcons’ corners, Brian Poole, said, “No way!” And I said to him, “I swear to God! Watch!” It was like we were in a giant living room watching a game together while the game itself was still going on. Weird.

Then we heard the ruling. The catch was upheld. We had our chunk play. We had momentum. And soon, we finished off one helluva story.

Helping the Patriots win another Super Bowl, my second, was an incredible feeling, and that play just about sums up my career. Having to fight. Having to compete against multiple guys when the odds were stacked against me. Having people doubt me. All of it is like gas in my tank.

When I was a kid, I loved stories about guys who overcame, whether it was Brian’s Song or the Rocky movies or hearing about Joe Montana, a third-round pick who went on to become one of the greatest ever for my hometown 49ers. Any story in which someone was overcoming adversity, I identified with. And all along the way, those stories have been motivators for me. They gave me the mind-set to always be relentless.

I’ve been told that my story has a lot of the same elements. Going into high school, I was less than five feet tall and didn’t even weigh a hundred pounds soaking wet. By my senior year, I was quarterback for my Woodside (California) High School team and we went 13-0. And it has been that way at every level since: junior college, college, and the NFL. Every time something was blocking my path, I had to find a way around it. Or through it. And I’ve been able to. Not by myself, either. Every success I’ve had has been shared with my family, because they built the foundation for me. And the coaches, teammates and friends, they all have a part in this, too.

If you find your talent in life (mine just happened to be playing football) and you also have a passion for it and you work hard consistently, there is a very good chance you will realize your dreams. That’s been my experience. You can’t say you want to do it. You can’t talk about it with your friends. You have to do it. You can’t just give it a shot and go halfway.

Sometimes it means not finding balance in life. You might not be the best friend. You might not be the best family member who’s there all the time. But it was instilled in me from a young age that if you want to be great at something, you have to go after it. Completely. Some people may be able to reach the top on sheer talent, but not a lot of us.

Have you ever heard of FoMO? It’s the Fear of Missing Out. A lot of people look at something they want to do with their lives and then look at what it will take to achieve it, and they decide the commitment isn’t worth it. People are often too conservative to take that leap of faith.

When I trained for my pro day after finishing at Kent State, it was the one time in my life where I had to be at my absolute best. Everything was riding on how I did. Everything that came before, back to when I was a little kid playing Pop Warner, and everything that could come after rode on it. Would I be an NFL player or would I need to find a postcollege job as a firefighter or work next to my dad at A1 Auto Tech? I attacked it like my life was a Rocky montage.

When it was time to make the Patriots, of course I had butterflies, of course I had fear of failure, but you have to realize that those things are true in any competition. Fight or flight. You have to embrace it. If you fail, you fail. I’ve failed plenty of times in my life, more times than I’ve succeeded. But that’s the reality of trying to accomplish something.

And the other thing? In order to achieve, you have to be willing to be pushed by the people who are trying to help you get to where you want to go. People can’t get yelled at anymore. A lot of people back down and quit when they get pushed. I understand how society views it these days, but I believe that sometimes as a kid, you need to be called out and told hard truths. You need to be shown the consequences of what will happen if you screw up. You need people who won’t say, “Everything’s OK…” when it really isn’t. My father pointed out the bad more than the good. And Coach Belichick spends a lot more time telling us what we need to further improve on instead of patting us on the ass for something we’re supposed to be doing anyway.

You have to have thick skin in this world. Look at Barack Obama. All politics aside, this man defied every expectation in becoming the first African American president. All the things he overcame to do that, all he had to endure coming from where he did? I have so much respect for that journey. Or a woman who becomes a CEO or high-level executive in an industry in which women haven’t been a part of the plan. She’ll hear the doubters, too.

Or a single mom of three deaf children living in Oklahoma who moved cross-country to California so those kids could get an education and not be pushed to the side. Or a guy without a father and no real supervision who lived in a dozen different places growing up, including a trailer park, yet still developed a work ethic and resilience strong enough to build a business and provide for his family. That’s what I saw growing up. I’ve seen the hard route taken.

That single mom? She is my grandmother Mary Louise Hinds. And that guy who grew up like a wild child? He is my dad, Frank Edelman.

It was people like them who taught me to never give up. I mentioned I grew up small—I was four foot eleven and ninety-five pounds in ninth grade, to be exact—and I wanted to play in the NFL. If I looked in the mirror every day and tried to picture myself playing in the NFL at that size, I would have found a great way to be discouraged.

But I wasn’t thinking then how to beat an NFL defender, because, well, what’s the point? If you’re focused on that distant goal, you’re missing what’s right in front of you, and that’s what you can control. If you’re doing everything else in your life fundamentally sound, and you’re identifying weaknesses and you’re working consistently hard to improve those, you’re on the right path.

And when someone tells you that you can’t do it? You use it as fuel. You play games with yourself. You create a story and you make yourself the hero.

You hear shit all the time but, at the end of the day, when you’re working on your craft, you’re not thinking about the negativity. That may get you started, but you can’t stop in the middle of practice and say, “Damn, this guy thinks I’m too slow. Or too small…” The motivation has to come from somewhere inside you, and you have to grow it.

You have to outlast the doubters. Because it gets hard. Then it gets harder. And a lot of people don’t like it. They don’t like the pressure in their chest. But I thrive on it, the feeling that it’s on me.

For anyone out there who is surrounded by doubters, I hope you find some inspiration in my story. I still have a lot of football in me, but getting here has been a wild ride, and I have aspired to be nothing if not relentless.



Why do I like that pressure in my chest? Why do I like it when it’s all on me? Why am I the way I am? We all wonder that. And we usually come back to the same place: it’s where we grew up and who we grew up with.

Any challenges that I’ve had to face, I know that my mom, Angie, and my pops, Frank, faced even greater ones when they were growing up and while raising me, my brother, Jason, and my sister, Nicki. Their message was loud and clear: it’s supposed to be hard. Life’s not easy. It wasn’t easy for them, and it wasn’t going to be easy for us.

I’m going to tell you some stories about my dad and me. Let’s just say his methods for making me a better athlete were… unconventional. Definitely not what you’d find in a parenting handbook. But everything came from a place of love. Always. He must have told us a million times, “No sniveling.” That means no feeling sorry for yourself. He’d tell us there was nothing we couldn’t do if we worked hard enough but he’d also tell us what “real” hard work was. My dad was living proof of that.

I grew up in Redwood City, California, about a half hour south of San Francisco, twenty-five minutes north of San Jose. It’s located where Silicon Valley begins, not really a “city” city—there’s about 75,000 people living there—and it has a motto you’ll love: “Climate Best by Government Test.” Catchy, right? That’s up on an archway as you enter downtown, inspired by some study pre–World War I that declared Redwood City, the Canary Islands, and the Mediterranean coast of North Africa had the best climates in the world. I don’t know about that, but we did have a lot of nice days.

It’s pretty diverse socioeconomically. There are really nice parts and there are areas that are middle-and lower-income. It’s changed a lot since I was a kid since the tech industry blew up. In these hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, dozens of companies have popped up and taken on the world, with names like Oracle, Electronic Arts, and Shutterfly, all of which are based in Redwood City. Real estate prices have gotten pretty ridiculous because of the boom.

Take the house I grew up in, at 1154 Oliver Street. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms and 1,800 square feet. Today, it would list for about $1.25 million. Frank and Angie paid $186,000 for it right after I was born in 1986. Even the trailer homes across the tracks by the highway, where my dad was living when he met my mom, are now worth over $200,000.

Besides being between San Fran and San Jose, Redwood City is also right between Palo Alto and San Mateo, where Tom Brady grew up. Door-to-door from Oliver Street to the Bradys’ house on Portola Drive is less than nine miles. But we’ll talk more about him later.

Growing up, I thought of our town as hard-nosed and diverse. San Carlos and Menlo Park were next door and a little ritzier, and the kids were pretty much cut from the same cloth. Redwood City had Samoans, Tongans, Mexicans, a few black kids, and your tough white kids from East Redwood City, where I was raised until my family moved to Highland Avenue in 1997.

It was really a great place to be a kid. I grew up across from Red Morton Park on Roosevelt Street, and that’s where we did everything: Pop Warner, Little League, softball, skateboarding, birthday parties. It was perfect for me. Our family did everything together there.

Like I said, Redwood City when I grew up wasn’t like it was now. And Redwood City in 1960, when my dad was born? Different place. Frank didn’t have quite the same Redwood City experience that I and my siblings had. And that’s probably why, even though Redwood City has become kind of affluent, we always had that hard-nosed working-class mind-set.

My dad’s only memory of his father, John Harry Edelman, is of looking down on him in his casket in August of 1964 when my dad was three years old. Frank was the only child that my grandmother, Mary Hinds, had with John. His sisters and brother—Mae, Karlyn, and Jeff—were all more than ten years older than Frank and were products of my grandma’s first marriage. The three kids were all deaf.

In Oklahoma, where Mary lived in the late ’40s and early ’50s with her husband, things weren’t as progressive and inclusive as they are now. When you were deaf, you were described as “deaf and dumb.” Mary’s husband in Oklahoma wanted to put Mae, Jeff, and Karlyn in an asylum. Mary wasn’t having that.

She looked for institutions that catered to the deaf and found the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley. So Mary packed up the Rambler one day and moved to Hayward, California, just across the bay from Redwood City, and registered her kids in the school.

Mary and John married in 1960, and my dad showed up that year. Dad never got to know John before he died, so Mary tried again and again to find father figures for Frank. If someone was nice to my dad and the deaf kids, they were in. If they were mean, they were out. As a result, Mary got married a few times, and there was a lot of moving around.

My grandmother was a really hardworking and loving lady. She worked two jobs to keep things going, and that kind of love and work ethic she passed down to my dad, no question. Think about the courage she showed back in the 1950s and 1960s, and the sacrifice she made for her kids to get them where they needed to be. It really amazes me.

But with her working and my aunts and uncle being so much older, my dad didn’t have a lot of supervision. While he was as close as he could be to his brother and sisters—he actually learned sign language before he learned how to speak—they were away at school at Berkeley for much of the year, so my dad was on his own quite a bit from a young age.

For Frank, every day was like Home Alone. He was almost totally responsible for himself, which he says wasn’t that abnormal back in his day. After he woke up and had his breakfast, he’d be out the door, then would find a friend and be either on foot or on his Royce Union bike, pedaling around the east side of Redwood City, where his family moved in 1964.

Frank Edelman

My mother would say, “Frankie, you could do anything you want if you work hard.”

As long as she had her vodka and her ciggys, she was happy and would love you to death. She was the type that would massage your feet after a twelve-hour day or hear you come in at two a.m. and wake up saying, “Honey, you sit down and I’ll make you something to eat.” That kind of mom.

My mom went out a lot. She used to give directions around town completely by using bars. You’d say, “Mom, how do you get to the store?” She’d say, “Well, you take a left at the Glo-Worm, take a right at the Rendez-Vous, go all the way down to the Gold Cage and then right along there, you’ll find that place, honey.” All in the Oklahoma accent. That was my mom.

When I was around eight, she’d bring me with her to the bars on Saturday or Sunday. She’d go in and I’d go out in the alley in the back with my baseball glove and a tennis ball. I played nine-inning games against the wall while my mom was in there having a cocktail. Or I’d take my Nerf football and a hairspray cap, which I used as a tee to kick my football off the walls.

I did try to play Pop Warner at one point. Must have been ’70 or ’71, and my buddies and I rode our bikes over to Red Morton Park to try out. We showed up with our long hair and who knows what kind of shoes and pants, but I’m just a tiny little kid. After two days, Frank Guida—the coach in charge—comes over and says, “Boys, take a knee.”

We’re like, “Yeah! We made the team! This is so cool!” Instead, Frank says, “Boys, time to go home. This isn’t for you.” That’s kind of the way it was back in those days. We were the hoods. Showed up, no parents, just running around. I think I was heartbroken a little bit, but we shrugged and moved on.

I remember a basketball court one of our landlords made for me on Second Avenue and how I’d shoot free throw after free throw out there. I also was playing some baseball and getting pretty good at that. But I was just like Jules, so small. I was born in November, so that late birthday meant I was very young for my grade, and I was small to begin with.

My brother Jeff was ten years older than me and a real good football player at the School for the Deaf, and he taught me how to catch. And it’s funny because I have these like really skilled hands and fingers, and you know why? Sign language! My fingers and hands were all about sign language. So I got that soft touch all from sign language.

I was so little and I was so fast, like Julian, but I had no coaching and no team, really. I could compete, no problem, but I wasn’t the best. One day I noticed that the guys who were the best had their dads coaching them and showing them what to do. I was like “Damn, man. If I would have had a dad, I would be right with those guys.”

Finally, when I was in seventh grade, my mom met a guy named Walt Kronquist. He was really good to me and he was the dad I was looking for at that time. And Mary liked him, too.

First year of high school and I was on the football team. That was my only time I ever played tackle football. I was this little baby out there but I was pretty good. Still fast, but small. There used to be this thing they would do after the game for kids who didn’t play. It was called the “fifth quarter” and we’d go out there and get some plays. So in the second game I played, I’m playing cornerback and I’m covering a guy in the end zone and the quarterback just throws it right over my head for a touchdown. I ran off that field crying. I failed. And that was the end of my football career.

I wished I had someone there when I walked off that field to push me back on. There’s a moment in people’s lives when you need support and you need encouragement. You need someone to say, “It’s OK, you’ll get better at it.” Or that push. Now, my mom supported me and told me I could do anything I wanted to. But sometimes you need masculine support. Support from a father. And I was going to make sure that my kids weren’t going to miss out on that.


Soon after my dad let up that touchdown, he and Grandma moved in with Walt and Dad enrolled at Fremont High. So you see where this is headed, right? My dad is out of sports and into work. And somewhere down the road, somebody was going to get all that coaching Dad never had. And then some.

In the meantime, Frank had an incredible work ethic. By fourteen, he had a job at a Shell gas station. Dad took it seriously, getting his certifications and really moving up the ranks throughout high school. Meanwhile, he had two auto shop teachers at Fremont who let him be the teaching assistant. That meant he could be in shop class pretty much all day. My dad was king of auto shop. He got a lot of Cs and Ds in everything else, but not shop. He was passing and he was learning a trade.

That’s the thing about Pops. He always has to be working, always has to be moving forward. He’s not a great relaxer; even though he takes a nap every day at some point, that’s just a recharge. Either he’s earning money or getting smarter or trying to get better. He doesn’t do things just to do things.


  • "What Julian has done from the time he entered the league is nothing short of remarkable. He is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals."—Bill Belichick
  • "Going from being a seventh-round pick to being a great player is a credit to Julian and really one of the most amazing transformations I've seen in this league. To go from a college quarterback, to a pro receiver, then to a great pro receiver? I don't know how many guys that have done that as well as Julian has....It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as him. I always think I get much more out of my teammates than they get out of me in terms of the relationship and what it means for me to see them grow and succeed. I'm just so proud of him and everything he has accomplished and will continue to accomplish because I know that he's not done. He's got a lot of work he still wants to do."—Tom Brady
  • "Julian has told me one of the reasons he's had success is the way his parents have always been there for him. Being firm and having expectations, but doing it with love and making him understand the hard work that goes along with becoming successful. If you're privileged to have a parent or a mentor guiding you to have great love and respect, I think it gets you through the hard times and helps motivate you to greater things. Julian is a testament to that."—Robert Kraft

On Sale
Sep 25, 2018
Page Count
272 pages
Hachette Books

Julian Edelman

About the Author

Julian Edelman has been a New England Patriots wide receiver since 2009, playing in three Super Bowls, scoring the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX and making one of the most memorable catches in NFL history in Super Bowl LI. Edelman is also one of the most productive punt returners in NFL history. A native of Redwood City, California, Edelman now lives in downtown Boston.

Tom E. Curran
is a Boston journalist who has covered the New England Patriots since 1997 while working for the MetroWest Daily News, the Providence Journal, and NBC Sports. He is currently cohost of CSN New England’s Boston Sports Tonight and the award-winning football show Quick Slants and appears frequently on Boston’s WEEI, NBC’s Pro Football Talk Live, the NFL Network, and the Dan Patrick Show. He lives in Lakeville, Massachusetts, with his wife Erica and three sons.

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