Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots is a homegrown good old boy out of Northern California, but if it weren’t for his west coast accent, you’d think he was a Boston native, born and bred. He is truly a Patriot of the people, a rare find in a sea of inflated egos and bravado that dominates the NFL. Edelman attributes his drive and down-to-earth nature (or “grittiness”) to his upbringing, specifically his father.
Edelman’s popularity among Boston natives and Patriot’s fans isn’t just due to his success on the field, but his behavior off of it. His newly found love for the city comes from his competitive “dirt under the fingernails” attitude towards life, because Boston is built for people with that sort of mindset.
Edelman recently signed a four-year contract with Ermenegildo Zegna and Puma, which will add a cool $19 million to his bank account. He’s clearly becoming a hot commodity in the fashion world as well as the sports sphere. Edelman is a huge asset to the Patriot’s offense right now, namely because he isn’t afraid to make catches in the middle of the field—an area where receivers are often “blindsided” and hit hard. Edelman doesn’t mind getting rocked every once in a while though.
On the contrary, he kind of likes it. He clams, “I guess I’ve got a couple screws missing or something, but sometimes I actually like getting hit. It wakes you up. Clears out the cobwebs.” Clearly there’s a method to Edelman’s quasi-masochistic madness, and whatever it is, it’s working. Click to read full feature.
Shirt, Salvatore Ferragamo ($750) Pants, Ermenegildo Zegna ($725) Sneakers, Strange Matter ($360). Barneys New York,
Jacket ($2,795), T-shirt ($275), and pants ($725), Ermenegildo Zegna.
photo via Boston Common