Julian Edelman recalls meeting Tom Brady for first time: 'I almost dropped my book'

Ryan Hannable
February 13, 2019 - 12:03 pm

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman have known each other a long time and have formed one of the closer bonds of any Patriots duo.

The pair first met during rookie camp in 2009 when Edelman came to New England as a seventh-round pick and was a college quarterback turned wide receiver. Appearing on Peter King's podcast, Edelman told the story of when the two first met and it's safe to say he was a bit star-struck.

“I remember Tom walked in and I had my big ole four-inch binder and we were going and he was walking through the doorway and all of a sudden I look up and he walks through and he goes, ‘Hey, I’m Tom.’ I almost dropped my book and I am like, ‘Holy smokes. It’s Tom Brady,’" he said. "I am a Bay Area kid. I was a big fan. And he goes, ‘Hey, Julian.’ He knew my name, too. He had his ole little grin on that he has. I dropped my book like, ‘Hey, Tom’ and you’re scrambling to meetings and stuff. As a rookie you are in a new environment and you’re trying to study calculus with basic math knowledge. That is what you’re going through and then Tom Brady walks through the door. It was funny, but it was a very welcoming hello.”

While Edelman appeared in 11 games that year and recorded 37 catches for 359 yards and a touchdown, he admitted it was a tough year.

“That first year was tough," he said. "It wasn’t just Tom. We had Randy Moss in the room. We had Wes Welker. We had Joey Galloway. We had Sam Aiken, who was a special teams guru and also a really good receiver. They traded for a guy, Greg Lewis. You’re sitting in this room with nine other guys playing the numbers game, like how many do they keep? You’re sitting there doing that so you automatically get into a mode of, ‘I need to sit here and study. I need to learn how to do this, watch these guys.’ You get into survival mode. It was a crazy year where you are not used to playing that long, you’re not used to the speed of the game. You’re not used to a lot of things, but you have to because if you don’t they are going to replace you.”

Things have obviously worked out well for Edelman, who just wrapped up his 10th year in New England.

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