Julian Edelman Announces Retirement, Tom Brady Posts Moving Message to Former Teammate

by Thad Mitchell

Quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman were a nearly unstoppable duo during their peak years together.

Brady and Edelman were together for several years, playing for the NFL’s New England Patriots. Brady, who is a sure bet to be in the Hall of Fame, had some of his most prolific seasons with Edelman as his top target. Likewise, Edelman’s best years in the league came with Brady throwing him the ball. The duo was instrumental in the Patriot’s three Super Bowl wins during their tenure together. The duo set records and made the Patriots into the NFL’s greatest dynasty of all time.

At the age of 34, Edelman decided it is time to hang up his cleats, announcing his retirement earlier this week. Standing at just 5’10” and weighing south of 200 pounds, Edelman overcame great odds to be one of the NFL’s all-time great slot receivers. He spent all 12 years of his NFL career with one team, the New England Patriots, a rarity in today’s cash-grabbing world. Over the course of his career with Tom Brady his quarterback, he hauled in 620 receptions for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns.

Tom Brady Salutes Julian Edelman Upon Retirement

Upon hearing the news of his former teammate and friend retiring, Tom Brady took to social media. He wrote a heartfelt Instagram post, congratulating Edelman on a tremendous career. He also includes a photo of the two during their time with the Patriots.

“On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through,” Tom Brady says. “I was a witness to so much of the journey and am so proud of you and how you grew from 7th round underdog to an older 7th round underdog.”

Brady goes on to identify the characteristics that turned Edelman from a seventh round pick to a Pro Bowler. He says his former teammate had that “dog” in him.

“You never lost that chip on your shoulder,” he says. “Never let anyone define you as a person or player. You have so many teammates that admire your work ethic and will to win, and I am at the top of the list.”

While Edelman is walking away from the game, Tom Brady, now 43-years-od, is gearing up for the 2021 season. The quarterback recently got a new deal that will keep him in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future.