Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer? Former NFL Man Says ‘No’

Published 04/13/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


Julian Edelman arrived in the NFL as a 7th-round pick (232nd pick). The California-born athlete was drafted by Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots at the 2009 NFL Draft. He was a quarterback during his time with the Kent State Golden Flashes football team.

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The Patriots held private workouts with Edelman prior to the 2009 NFL Draft and were keen to work with him. He always knew that he wasn’t good enough to make an NFL roster as a quarterback and trained to play in various offensive positions. Eventually, he was selected as a potential option at wide receiver.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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With 6,822 and 36 receiving TDs, Edelman is not exactly one of the most successful wideouts to play in the league. This is exactly why former NFL man Keyshawn Johnson is not keen on the Julian Edelman Hall of Fame conversations.

“Yeah, rags to riches is a good story, great documentary, great for a book, all those sorts of things right? I mean, he was a seventh-round pick.

“He played a position in the National Football League he had no experience at coming out of camp where he was the quarterback, basically sort of like an option quarterback but had a skill set that Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots liked.

“But other than that, in that note, what else is talking about? He had a great career, three Super Bowls, Super Bowl MVP….

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“What else was there to talk about when you start talking about the Hall of Fame? I mean, miss me with that,” Johnson said on the show.

34-year-old Julian Edelman was dealing with a knee injury last season. He underwent surgery on the same and was expected to return in 2021.

However, after failing to recover from that unfortunate setback, Edelman decided to hang up his boots and go out with a smile on his face. We can’t wait to see what the Redwood City-born speedster has in store for us in the coming years!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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