Tom Brady via GHS gives extremely high praise to Julian Edelman: 'He’ll be remembered like all the greats have'

Ryan Hannable
December 23, 2019 - 9:42 am

Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills to clinch the AFC East for the Patriots was another classic Julian Edelman game.

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The receiver certainly wasn't 100 percent going into it, but battled all week just to be active and was involved early and often. He did need to leave in the third quarter to be examined for a concussion, but he was able to return early in the fourth quarter and caught a 30-yard pass on his first play back to ignite the game-winning touchdown drive.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show with Mike Mutnansky, Jermaine Wiggins and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens filling in, Tom Brady said there was a point at the start of the fourth quarter when he didn't think Edelman would be back at all. Edelman finished with five catches on six targets for 72 yards. 

Brady had a ton of good things to say about his receiver, including he plays his best when the games mean the most.

“He’s one of the great players in the history of the organization," Brady said. "He’ll be remembered like all the greats have. He’s just everything you look for in a player, person, teammate. Any player to me that plays their best in the biggest games, those are the guys you want on your side. Not only that, he plays great in every game. He brings a competitiveness to every drill because he has that underdog mentality. He never lets up. He is one of the first guys in and one of the last guys to leave and makes a huge commitment to playing and being at his best.

"I think when you look at his career and the improvement that he’s made coming in really as a quarterback in college to really a role player his first four, five years and now becoming one of the top receivers in the NFL. It’s an incredible career. I am proud of him on many levels and I have got to know him probably as well as anybody. He knows how I feel about him and what he’s brought to our team is pretty amazing.”

Brady acknowledged Edelman along with a few other players on the team who didn't make the Pro Bowl were certainly deserving.

Given Edelman's health, battling through knee and shoulder injuries, there's a chance he doesn't see his normal workload this week against Miami as a way to preserve his body for the postseason.

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