Player Profile and Personal Life

Julian Edelman is a former American footballer. He was an NFL wide receiver of the New England Patriots who retired in 2020. Edelman played college football at Kent State as the quarterback. When he was drafted for NFL, he became a return specialist and then a wide receiver.

His parents are Angela, and Frank Edelman, with his father a mechanic and the owner of an A-1 Auto Tech. Edelman has a brother, Jason, and a sister, Nicole. While raised Christian, he had a “Jewish awakening” and is not Jewish.

He has a daughter with Ella Rose, a Swedish model, who he has acknowledged. However, Edelman was not named in his daughter’s birth certificate due to contesting paternity in the beginning.

Position Wide Receiver
Height / weight 1.78 m / 90 kg
Born May 22, 1986
Nationality United States United States
Team History
New England Patriots New England Patriots 2009 - 2020


Before Kent State, Edelman played football for one year at the College of San Mateo before he transferred. He played for the Golden Flashes before joining NFL, was their quarterback, and completed the 385 passes out of 706, which was for 4,997 yards, 31 interceptions, and 30 touchdowns.

Edelman didn’t participate in the 2009 NFL Combine as he wasn’t invited. He was selected as the 27th pick (232nd overall) in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots signed him with a 4-year contract, including a $48,700 signing bonus. He missed the Week 1 game of the Patriots due to an ankle injury but made it for Week 2.

He led all the Patriots’ receivers with 8 receptions for 98 yards. This is in addition to 38 yards on 2 kickoff returns, plus 2 yards on a returned punt. In total, he made 138 all-purpose yards. In 2010, his playing time decreased with only 4 receptions for 14 yards throughout 15 games. However, he still made a franchise record of an average of 15.3 yards for every return.

Edelman made his first appearance in Super Bowl in the 2011 season. The Patriots won the AFC Championship that season. However, the team lost Super Bowl XLVI versus the New York Giants. During this game, he made 3 kickoff returns for 73 yards. In 2012, Edelman became a free agent and signed a 1-year contract with New England.

After the 2013 season, he became a free agent again and signed a 4-year deal with the Patriots. In the 2014 season, his team won the AFC East, and Edelman had his first NFL touchdown pass. Thanks to his touchdown reception, Edelman was instrumental in the Patriots’ victory 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.

In 2016, Edelman led the Patriots to win the Super Bowl once again, thanks to a historic catch. Unfortunately, Edelman missed the 2017 season due to an injury. That season, the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. They made a comeback in 2018, with Edelman earning the award of Super Bowl MVP.

In 2019, he signed a 2-year extension with the Patriots until the 2021 season. On January 1, 2021, the Patriots head coach announced he would not be activated. April of the same year, Edelman retired after 12 seasons with the team. The retirement was after his contract ended with the Patriots due to failing a physical.

Career Highlights

  • 2006 – Second-team All-MAC
  • New England Patriots 2010sAll-Decade Team
  • Super Bowl MVP (LIII)
  • 3x Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI,LIII)

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