Tom Brady ended his long-standing association with the New England Patriots earlier this year. The six-time Super Bowl winner made the decision to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to test himself before calling time on his illustrious career. However, Patriots’ Julian Edelman wishes things could have been different.
Edelman shared a strong bond with Brady, and that was evident with the on-field camaraderie. Here is what the 34-year-old had to say about his former teammate.
“Obviously, it was a little different scenario. You’ve got to move on and you understand this is a business and wish him well. That’s when you instantly start to think about what you can do to prepare yourself to go out and contribute and help the team for the upcoming year.
“Obviously, yeah, we played a lot of ball together. I love him to death, but the train keeps moving,” Edelman told USA TODAY on Monday.
Julian Edelman has been with the Patriots since 2009. The veteran wideout is considered to be one of the most productive players in the NFL post-season.
While playing alongside Brady, Edelman established himself as one of the finest wide receivers in the league. Julian also won three Super Bowl titles in the last decade. In addition, he was named the Super Bowl LII MVP.
Furthermore, Edelman spoke about the ongoing ‘quarterback battle’ at the Gillette Stadium. New arrival Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer are all vying for a starting quarterback berth ahead of the start of the 2020 season.
“He’s a specimen for sure. When you first meet him, just his stature. The dude is large, put together well and he’s got a great energy. He’s got a great energy about himself. I was really impressed with his work ethic and his mindset.
“Just like I’ve been impressed with Stidham’s and Hoyer’s. I’ve been throwing with those guys as well. Everyone is out here and everyone is competing at all positions. Competition makes us all better,” Edelman added.
SOURCE: USA TODAY