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Julian Edelman is proud of his Patriots teammates ‘for digging in and fighting to the last whistle’

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Julian Edelman did not participate in the New England Patriots’ season finale, but he took to social media one day later to share a message for his teammates and fans: keep going.

As we move past a year filled with challenges and adversity, it’s important to reflect and understand how we can use them to grow. From day one, our team showed fight, pushing through countless obstacles standing in the way of success. This team, this organization, this fan base, knows nothing but hard work. And this year, showed that in spades. I can’t express how proud I am of my brothers for digging in and fighting to the last whistle. And to Pats Nation, thank you for riding with us all year. In New England, we know how to keep our eyes downfield, focused on the next task. Control what you can control. Give everything you have to go out and conquer that next obstacle. #KeepGoing

Edelman ended the 2020 season on injured reserve after undergoing a minor procedure on his knee in October. While the veteran wide receiver did eventually return to practice, he was unable to get to full speed quickly enough to be activated to the 53-man roster again.