Bill Belichick playfully calls out Julian Edelman during MVP press conference: He misquoted me

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 9:59 am

ATLANTA -- Bill Belichick wants to make sure he still has plumbers across America behind him.

At Monday's MVP press conference, Julian Edelman told a story where Belichick said coaching in the NFL "beats being a plumber."

“I remember going in and seeing coach — I don’t know if he remembers this — but I was a rookie and it was like 11 o’clock at night,” Edelman said. “By the grace of God, we were walking out at the same time. I probably had said three words to him at the time before that. I was on the team for like six months. I just looked at him, because I saw him on the treadmill, watching film at 10 o’clock at night. I go, ‘Coach, you sure like football, huh?’ He goes, ‘It beats being a plumber. See you tomorrow.’

“When you’re seeing that, at the time, he was a three-time Super Bowl winning coach, head coach, and two-time winning assistant coach, you guys do that, I mean it’s going to rub off. If it doesn’t, you’re probably not going to be there.”

Belichick took the podium next and made sure he corrected his wide receiver.

“First of all, Julian misquoted me,” Belichick said. “I mean, I have a ton of respect for plumbers. I can’t really turn the water on myself. Those people do a great job. I think I said it beats working.”

Edelman recorded 10 catches on 12 targets for 141 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams Sunday night.

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