Julian Edelman is a professional wide receiver and punt returner. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Edelman played quarterback at Kent State and the College of San Mateo before being selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
He became a consistent starter at wide receiver during the 2013 season. He primarily plays on offense as a wide receiver and as a punt returner but has also been pressed into service as a cornerback at times when the Patriots have been shorthanded on defense. As of 2019, Edelman is ranked third in Patriots history in career receptions. Edelman is one of the most productive receivers in postseason history, ranking second overall (behind Jerry Rice) in both postseason receiving yards and postseason receptions as of 2021. He has played in four Super Bowls (XLVI, XLIX, LI and LIII). In each of the last three, he led all wide receivers in receiving yards. He was named Super Bowl MVP for Super Bowl LIII, in which he had 10 catches for 141 yards receiving, more than half of his team's total receiving yardage. Also as of 2021, Edelman holds the Super Bowl records for career punt returns (8) and first-half receptions in a single game.
Edelman has his own clothing brand, JE11. He has collaborated with Joe's Jeans on a line of shirts and jeans, and with Cutters Sports on a line of football gloves. As of 2021, Edelman is still on the Patriots, one of the last players left from their historic 2000/2010's dynasty. He is also a children's author.