The Patriots are going to honor franchise legend wide receiver Julian Edelman at halftime of this Sunday’s game against the Saints at Gillette Stadium.
Given Edelman’s unique personality, no one’s quite sure how the ceremony will go when JE11 – who’s been working on his Bill Belichick impressions as part of his post-career media gig on “Inside the NFL” – steps to the microphone in front of the Foxborough faithful this weekend.
Even Belichick has seemingly has some reservations regarding his former player’s plans.
“Be great to see Julian, assuming that he doesn’t roast me or get into a big impersonation,” Belichick said during a Friday morning Zoom call with local reporters.
Belichick went on to explain why “Julian Edelman Day” is so well-deserved.
“Had a tremendous career, tremendous production in every area,” Belichick said. “Receiving and run after catch. Punt returns. Was a good blocker. Really tough, competitive kid. Right up there at the top of guys that I’ve coached.
“Be great to see him again and recognize him for the great career that he had here and how much he meant to this team, this organization and how much stepped up for us in big games year after year, week after week.”
Edelman caught wind of Belichick’s “impersonation” comment on social media, and while it’s hard to know what the slot receiver had in mind for Sunday, his humorous response on Twitter might show that he’s changing his plans.