February 27, 2024

Patriots

“I noticed Jordan. He was kinda, like, standoffish just a little bit.”

Julian Edelman reeled in 9 catches throughout New England’s win over the Seahawks in Tremendous Bowl XLIX. (AP Photograph/Matt Slocum)

Julian Edelman and the Patriots had a lot on the road throughout Tremendous Bowl XLIX.

A victory in opposition to a stout Seahawks roster would safe Tom Brady’s fourth title after a 10-year drought, in addition to Edelman’s first championship.

However one sports activities legend additionally had a significant payday hanging within the stability throughout that anticipated showdown between New England and Seattle. 

Talking with comic Bert Kreischer on Edelman’s personal “Video games With Names” podcast this week, the previous Patriots wideout recalled a narrative a couple of alternative assembly at dinner throughout the week of Tremendous Bowl XLIX in Arizona. 

Whereas out together with his dad and mom, Edelman bumped into each Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan. Regardless of his standing as Brady’s reliable slot receiver, Edelman admitted that he was “starstruck” whereas assembly two sports activities icons.

Jordan — recognized for his affinity for hefty wagers — provided up some ominous recommendation for Edelman after studying that he was taking part in in opposition to the Seahawks within the coming days. 

“I’m going up and you would inform Jeter’s a really charming man, welcoming,” Edelman instructed Kreischer. “I’m going, ‘Mr. Jeter, Julian Edelman. I’m taking part in within the Tremendous Bowl,’” “I noticed Jordan. He was kinda, like, standoffish just a little bit. As quickly because the dialog’s about to finish — like 5 minutes in — I’m about to depart and Jordan comes as much as me. 

He goes, ‘Hey, child. I bought a bunch of cash on you, don’t (expletive) it up. That’s the one factor he stated to me. I’m going, ‘Sure, sir, Mr. Jordan.’ I didn’t know what to say.”

Edelman and the Patriots in the end made Jordan a pleasant chunk of change. Throughout New England’s 28-24 victory over the Seahawks, Edelman reeled in 9 catches for 109 yards in opposition to Seattle’s feared “Legion of Growth” protection. 

His lone landing of the sport got here with simply over two minutes to go — giving New England a late lead that it could not relinquish (because of Malcolm Butler’s goal-line heroics).