Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer?

Earlier this week, Julian Edelman retired from the NFL, ending his 11-year career with the New England Patriots. This decision saddens many, but his time has come. Edelman was one of the most targeted receivers for Tom Brady. Brady had this to say on an Instagram post about Edelman’s retirement:

“On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through. I was a witness to so much of the journey and am so proud of you and how you grew from the 7th round underdog to an older 7th round underdog. The truth is, you never really grew up! You never lost that chip on your shoulder. You never let anyone define you as a person or player. You have so many teammates that admired your work ethic and will to win, and I am at the top of the list because when I was down and feeling sorry for myself at times, you were right there to pick me up. You were as tough as could be, and I love you for all that you did to make our teams as great as they could possibly be.”

“Seeing you become a dad and the changes you made in your life made me so encouraged and happy for you. Life is about gratitude and perspective! I am so happy for you and your family. You had an amazing football journey, an amazing life journey in New England, and I have no doubt you will succeed in anything you choose to do next!”

 

Edelman was Clutch

Julian Edelman was so clutch in the playoffs and was an outstanding playmaker. But if he was on any other team with any other quarterback all of those years, and NOT Tom Brady …would he still be perceived as the same Edelman that we know of now? Was Tom Brady’s ability to make any receiver look incredible the magic recipe for Edelman’s success? 

Let’s look at Edelman’s stats and compare them to Hall of Famers now and see if Julian Edelman is a Hall of Famer.

Is Julian Edelman a Hall of Famer?

Answer: No

Was he a legend in New England: Yes

Julian Edelman Basic Stats:

G: 137

Receptions: 620

Yards: 6,822

TD’s: 36

 These numbers are okay, but certainly not Hall-of-Fame worthy. He ranks 156th all-time in total receiving yards, which is not all that impressive. But what is really impressive about Edelman is his total playoff game appearances (19) and Super Bowl wins (3), along with his ability to have memorable clutch performances when it mattered the most. I mean, who could forget about Edelman playing with a plate in his foot in the 2015 divisional game against the Chiefs? Not only that, who can forget his amazing Super Bowl MVP performance against the Rams in 2019 when he had 141 receiving yards and 10 receptions?

Edelman is actually the second-best performed player in the playoffs, right behind Jerry Rice. His clutchness is remarkable, and he has proved that he can be consistent in critical playoff situations. 

Most Playoff Yards of All-Time

  • Jerry Rice: 2,245
  • Julian Edelman: 1,442
  • Michael Irvin: 1,315

Following his retirement announcement, Warren Sharp shared his opinion on the heated debate, leaving Patriots fans a bit disgruntled; but the point to prove is valid.

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To be considered a hall of Famer means that you have outstanding moments and, most importantly, numbers in his or her’s career. Although Edelman was outstanding in the playoffs, his numbers are not Hall of Fame numbers, and that’s what separates him from wide receivers that are chilling in Canton. Hall of Fame receivers such as Jerry Rice, TO, and Randy Moss were able to put up insane numbers and stay consistent with them throughout their careers. Unfortunately, Edelman could not do that and only ranked 156th in all-time, right behind Jordy Nelson, who was another living legend in Green Bay.

Maybe one day, we will see Edelman in Canton, Ohio, but as of now, I don’t think we will be expecting him there anytime soon. He was a legend in New England and will always be remembered as a player who could essentially do it all. His versatility on the field made him a special player. He was a great receiver and special teams specialist who ultimately catalyzed the AFC East’s New England reign, along with the help of the GOAT.