New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had a unique NFL career. A former seventh-round draft pick who changed positions upon entering the league, he started his career as a role player in all three phases before finally breaking out during his fifth season as a pro — developing into an integral player within the Patriots’ offense.
Over the years that followed, Edelman helped New England win three Super Bowls and along the way was named to the Patriots’ Team of the 2010s and the Most Valuable Player of the 53rd title game. Not just that, he also earned the respect of those around him and the players who shared a uniform at one point in their careers together.
Let’s take a look at some of the reactions Edelman’s retirement generated on social media.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty
Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower
I Enjoyed it all brotha! I'll be waiting for my invite to the ceremony✊ https://t.co/WUACVNUasX— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) April 12, 2021
Patriots running back James White
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore
Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones
Got to work with one of the best everyday at practice. King of the slot— J Jones (@Jonathan_Jones2) April 12, 2021
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy
Ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
Ex-Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola
Ex-Patriots running back Rex Burkhead
Ex-Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan
Been around a lot of players throughout my time in the NFL. All of them the best competitors. But none compares to @Edelman11 you were an inspiration early in my career, a hell of a freaking teammate and someone to call me brother for the rest of our lives. Congrats brother.— Chris Hogan (@ChrisHogan_15) April 12, 2021