The Legacy of Julian Edelman
Hello Smash fans, I hope you all are having a great day. Today I wanted to talk about a topic that has come up over the past few days. A topic that was sparked by the retirement of one of the best slot receivers in league history: Does Julian Edelman deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? In this article, I plan to detail the case for him to make it in the Hall of Fame and the case for him not making it and then leaving it up to you to decide.
The case for Julian Edelman making the Hall of Fame is based largely on his playoff performances and his statistical dominance when it matters most. Most football fans remember Julian Edelman’s once-in-a-lifetime catch against the Falcons a few years ago, and we all remember him winning Super Bowl MVP in the Patriots’ last title run. What you all probably don’t know is that Edelman has the second most playoff receiving yards and second-most career playoff receiving yards behind only the great Jerry Rice in both categories. Not only all of the above, but he was arguably the best wide receiver for each and every Super Bowl run the Patriots went on. The 3 time Super Bowl champ undoubtedly has a strong case to make it into the Hall one day.
The case against Julian Edelman making the Hall of Fame is based around regular season statistics and accolades. In Edelman’s 11 seasons in the NFL, he never made a pro bowl and he never made an all-pro team. Additionally, Julian Edelman was only able to break 1000 yards 4 times in his career while also clocking in under 500 yards 5 times in his career, only one of which was due to injury. In addition to the above, Edelman played most of his career as second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski. Furthermore, when Julian Edelman missed the entire season due to injury, the Patriots were able to make it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Eagles in a shootout. All in all, this makes for a pretty strong case as to why Julian Edelman will not make it to The Hall of Fame.
In the end, I want you all to decide and let me know what you all think because I really don’t know my answer. Only time will tell which side of this argument was right and which side will be considered foolish in the future. However, right now, this is one of the most interesting debates in all of sports.
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