|Julian Edelman Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 22, 1986|
Julian Edelman is an American former professional football player who represented the New England Patriots (2009-2020) in the NFL (National Football League), as a wide receiver. He was selected 232nd overall in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. With the team, Julian won Super Bowl XLIX (the championship game of the 2014 NFL season), Super Bowl LI (the championship game of the 2016 NFL season), and Super Bowl LIII (the championship game of the 2018 NFL season). He was also named the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) of Super Bowl LIII. With their triumph in Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots tied the Pittsburgh Steelers at 6 Super Bowl titles, making those 2 franchises the joint most successful teams in the event’s history. For his performances, the New England Patriots included Julian in their ‘All-2010s Team’ as well as their ‘All-Dynasty Team’. The latter was a selection of the best players that represented the franchise from 2001 to 2019, a timespan where the New England Patriots won all 6 of their Super Bowl titles – their triumphs coming in the 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2018 seasons. Julian announced his retirement on April 12, 2021, after 12 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Julian Francis Edelman
Jules, Ju Ju, Minitron, The Squirrel, Slottie Pippen, The Energizer Bunny, Edel-nut
Redwood City, San Mateo County, California, United States
Foxborough, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Julian attended Woodside High School, a public school in Woodside, a small incorporated town in San Mateo County, California. After his high school graduation, he joined the College of San Mateo, a public community college, also located in San Mateo County.
There, he played a solitary season (2005) of college football. He then took a transfer to Kent State University (KSU), a public research university in Kent, Ohio. There, he majored in business management and represented the Kent State Golden Flashes American football team between 2006 and 2008.
Professional American Football Player (Retired)
- Father – Francis ‘Frank’ Edelman (Mechanic, Owner of an automobile repair shop)
- Mother – Angela ‘Angie’ Edelman (née Gole)
- Siblings – Jason Edelman (Older Brother), Nicole Edelman (Younger Sister)
- Others – John Edelman (Paternal Grandfather), Mary Louise Hinds Gregory (Paternal Grandmother), Mathias Gole (Maternal Grandfather), Isolde Gertrude Krawczyk (Maternal Grandmother), Harry Edelman (Paternal Great Grandfather), Mabel Hennessey (Paternal Great Grandmother)
11 – New England Patriots
Julian Edelman’s net worth had been $25 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
90 kg or 198.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Julian has dated –
- Jaqui Rice
- Ella Rose (2014-2016) – Julian started dating Swedish model and social media influencer Ella Rose in 2014. Their relationship came to an end in 2016. According to a paternity suit that was filed by Ella in July 2016, Julian was named as the father of a baby girl that Ella was expecting at that time. Although he initially denied the accusations, Julian eventually accepted that Lily Rose (b. November 2016) was his daughter. However, he is not mentioned as Lily’s father on her birth certificate.
- AnnaLynne McCord (2014-2015) – Julian was rumored to have hooked up with American actress, activist, and model AnnaLynne McCord between December 2014 and January 2015.
- Adriana Lima (2016-2017)
- Daiane Sodré (2018-2021)
- Alli Martinez (2021-2022)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of German, one-eighth Ashkenazi Jewish, one-eighth Greek, Irish, English, Scottish, Polish, and Belgian descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, side-parted hair
- Cheerful smile
- Sports a thick beard
In 2015, Julian had been featured in an advertisement campaign for Puma SE, a German multinational corporation that is the 3rd largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.
Julian Edelman Facts
- Julian, during his high school days, used to play baseball in addition to American football. He was the quarterback for his high-school team and, in his senior year (2004), he led the team to a 13-0 win-loss record.
- In his only season (2005) with the College of San Mateo, he rushed for a college record of 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- At Kent State University, Julian was a 3-year (2006-2008) starter at the quarterback position. In his senior year (2008), he was the university’s leading passer, with a 56% completion rate (153 of 275 passes for 1,820 yards). He was also their leading rusher, gaining 1,370 yards on 215 attempts.
- Although he played school and college football as a quarterback, he transitioned to a return specialist and wide receiver role after joining the New England Patriots (2009-2020) in the NFL.
- In the 2009 NFL season, during the New England Patriots‘ ‘Wild Card Round’ playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Julian became the first rookie since 1995 to have scored 2 receiving touchdowns in a postseason game.
- In ‘Week 17’ of the 2010 NFL season, he recorded a 94-yard punt (a punt is a kick performed by dropping the ball from the hands and then kicking it before it hits the ground) return touchdown. It was the first punt return touchdown by a New England Patriots player since 2001.
- It was also the longest punt return in the franchise’s history, eclipsing the previous record of 89 yards that was set in 1976. That season, Julian also set another franchise record by averaging 15.3 yards per return during the regular season.
- In ‘Week 11’ of the 2012 NFL season, he returned 2 punts for a total of 117 yards. The first of those punt returns was a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving him 3 punt return touchdowns overall, tying the franchise record. 4 days later, Julian became the first player since 1966 to have recorded both a receiving touchdown and a return touchdown in consecutive games.
- In the 2013 NFL season opener, he had 3 punt returns for a total of 32 yards, which gave him a career total of 75 returns for 975 yards. This made him the NFL‘s all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return. However, his average dropped below the previous record of 12.8 shortly after this.
- Julian’s paternal great-grandfather was Jewish while his paternal great-grandmother was of Irish Catholic background. Although he was raised as a Christian, he experienced, during his adulthood, what he described as a ‘Jewish awakening’. Julian revealed in a December 2013 interview that he started to identify himself as Jewish after learning the history of the Jewish people which brought him closer to Judaism.
- In ‘Week 9’ of the 2014 NFL season, he recorded his 4th career return touchdown, setting a new record for the most punt return touchdowns for the New England Patriots. In the postseason as a whole, he led all receivers in both receptions (26) and receiving yards (281).
- In Super Bowl XLIX (the championship game of the 2014 NFL season), against the Seattle Seahawks, Julian led all receivers in yardage with 109 yards on 9 receptions. His touchdown reception with 2:02 left in the last quarter of the game put the New England Patriots ahead by a 28-24 margin. This ended up as the final score of the game and gave the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl triumph since 2004.
- In 2016, he published a children’s book titled Flying High. A sequel, titled Flying High 2, was published in December 2017. In October 2017, his memoir, titled Relentless, was published.
- In the 2016 NFL season, during the New England Patriots‘ ‘Divisional Round’ playoff victory against the Houston Texans, Julian caught his 70th postseason pass, setting a new franchise record. The win helped the New England Patriots reach the AFC (American Football Conference; one of the two conferences of the NFL, the other being the National Football Conference) Championship Game for an NFL record 6th consecutive season.
- In Super Bowl LI (the championship game of the 2016 NFL season), the New England Patriots‘ record 9th Super Bowl appearance, against the Atlanta Falcons, Julian completed a very difficult catch in the 4th quarter, making the reception just inches above the ground. NFL Films (the film and TV production company of the NFL) acclaimed it as the ‘greatest catch in Super Bowl history’.
- It was later also chosen as the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. The catch was a key moment in a historic comeback for the New England Patriots who were trailing the Atlanta Falcons by a 28-3 margin late in the 3rd quarter before going on to win the game by a 34-28 margin in overtime.
- In August 2017, during a preseason game, Julian tore his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and the injury prematurely ended his 2017 season. In June 2018, it was announced that he would be suspended for 4 games in the upcoming NFL season due to a violation of the policy against using performance-enhancing drugs.
- Julian claimed that he had consumed the banned substances to aid his recovery from the aforementioned injury. He appealed the suspension but his plea was dismissed. His insistence on fighting the ban legally had even caused a temporary rift with his father.
- In Super Bowl LIII (the championship game of the 2018 NFL season), in a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, he caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 141 yards. He was the receiving yards leader in the game, accounting for more than half of his team’s receiving yards.
- Julian was named the ‘MVP’ (Most Valuable Player) of Super Bowl LIII. This made him the first wide receiver to be named a Super Bowl ‘MVP’ since Super Bowl XLIII (the championship game of the 2008 NFL season). He also became the first Jewish football player to be named Super Bowl ‘MVP’.
- In 2019, he co-founded a production company called Coast Productions. The company’s first venture was the 2019 Showtime (an American premium TV network) documentary titled 100%. It chronicled Julian’s recovery from his August 2017 ACL tear and his glorious comeback in the 2018 NFL season.
- In January 2020, he was charged with vandalism after he allegedly jumped on the hood of a car in Beverly Hills, California. In April 2020, the charge was dropped after he had paid the car owner for the damage caused.
- During his playing career, Julian was one of the NFL‘s most productive postseason receivers. As of February 2023, he stood 3rd in NFL history in terms of both postseason receiving yards in a career (1,442) as well as postseason receptions in a career (118).
- In April 2021, after his retirement, ViacomCBS (now known as Paramount Global, an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate) signed a multi-year development deal with his production company, Coast Productions.
- As part of the deal, Julian joined Inside the NFL (an American weekly TV sports show), as an analyst, as the show was moving from Showtime to Paramount+ (an American subscription video-on-demand service owned by Paramount Global). For his work during his first season at the show, he was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in 2022.
- He owns a clothing brand called JE11 and has worked on a line of shirts and jeans with a California-based company called Joe’s Jeans, Inc. Julian has also collaborated with a Canadian brand called Cutters Sports on a line of American football gloves.
Featured Image by Julian Edelman / Instagram