Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, reunited once again? Kind of.
Julian Edelman was one of Brady’s favorite targets while in New England, with the pair combining for 36 touchdowns in Foxborough. Under Bill Belichick, the Brady-Edelman connection won three Lombardi trophies.
So it’s no surprise that Edelman, who announced his retirement on Monday, is the glue that once again brought Belichick and Brady together, with both coach and player posting heartfelt messages to the wideout.
On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through. You never lost that chip on your shoulder and you never let anyone define you as a person or player. I’m proud of you Jules. Love you @edelman11 https://t.co/7i5Qb6msor
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 13, 2021
“On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through,” Brady tweeted. “You never lost that chip on your shoulder and you never let anyone define you as a person or a player. I’m proud of you Jules. Love you @edelman11.”
Belichick broke his steely demeanor with a lengthy, heartfelt tribute of his own.
By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career — wins, championships, production — Julian has it all. Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel. Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out. Then, in the biggest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best, most thrilling performances. For all Julian did for our team, what I may appreciate the most is he was the quintessential throwback player. He could, and did, do everything — catch, run, throw, block, return, cover and tackle — all with an edge and attitude that would not allow him to fail under any circumstance. Julian Edelman is the ultimate competitor and it was a privilege to coach him.
Edelman, who has been hampered by knee issues for the past few years, won a Super Bowl MVP in his last appearance in 2019.
Let the Hall of Fame debate rage.