Three-time Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman announced his retirement on Monday following his release from the New England Patriots. The wide receiver played all 12 seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots.
A seventh-round draft pick in 2009 out of Kent State, Julian Edelman spent his collegiate days playing quarterback. However, he ultimately became one of the most decorated receivers to ever suit up for the Patriots. He ranks second in franchise history in catches (620) and fourth in receiving yards (6,822). The 34-year-old hauled in 34 receiving touchdowns.
Edelman’s biggest career achievement came by securing Super Bowl LIII MVP honors in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.
With Edelman’s career now behind him, NFL pundits and fans alike are debating whether the Patriots icon should be enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame. Let’s review the arguments in favor (and against) of Julian Edelman making the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
The case for Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman thrived in the postseason like few others before him. In addition to winning three rings and reaching five Super Bowls with New England, the wideout ranks second in NFL history in both postseason receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,442). The only player he trails in those categories?—Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver in NFL history who accumulated 151 playoff receptions for 2,245 yards.