After Julian Edelman was cut from the Patriots on Monday, he later took to social media and posted his retirement in a video just under four minutes long.
“Nothing in my career has ever come easy and no surprise, this isn’t going to be easy either,” Edelman stated. “I’ve always said, I’ll go until the wheels come off. And they finally have fallen off. Due to an injury last year, I’ll be making my official announcement of my retirement from football”
“It was a hard decision, but the right decision for me and my family,” he later said. “And I’m honored and so proud to be retiring a Patriot.”
He ended with two last words – “Foxboro Forever.”
In his 12-year career, the veteran caught 620 passes for 6822 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns. He was a part of 3 Super Bowls in New England, after being a 7th round pick out of Kent State.
“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career – wins, championships, production – Julian has it all,” Bill Belichick said. “Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period. But considering the professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel. Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out. Then, in the biggest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best, most thrilling performances. For all Julian did for our team, what I may appreciate the most is he was the quintessential throwback player. He could, and did, everything – catch, run, throw, block, return, cover and tackle – all with an edge and attitude that would not allow him to fail under any circumstance. Julian Edelman is the ultimate competitor and it was a privilege to coach him.”