New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is by no means no Megatron, the nickname given to Detroit Lions receiver Charles Johnson, but in many ways he can have just as much as an impact but of all the ways he can contribute to an offense. Because of his versatility, toughness and ability to make big plays, Edelman has earned the nickname of “Minitron” by Tom Brady.
The college quarterback turned receiver spoke to the media on Thursday and talked about how growing up in a football family helped shape him as a football player and prepared him to play for a coach like Bill Belichick.
“I wouldn’t just say a football family,” Edelman said when asked how his upbringing shaped him. “I would say a blue-collar (family). My dad’s a small business owner, my mom’s a homemaker. (She) always had the house clean, brought me home, brought me to any sport I was going to, had a lunch every day. I grew up very fortunate to have those two in my life. I definitely wouldn’t be here without them.”
With that upbringing, Edelman learned the Patriots “do your job” motto early on in life and says it has given him a head start in adjusting to the coaching technique of Belichick. On the field, Edelman’s hard work and openness to do whatever the team needs him to do has transcended him into one of Brady’s most reliable threats. He has also attributed some of his success to former New England wide receiver Randy Moss. He said Moss taught him a lot when he was just a young buck transforming himself into a receiver.
“I’d always ask him questions. Randy was particular in how he delivered things. He may not have said something, but he was showing you. I learned a lot from Randy on everything. How to prepare. Just watching the guy play, he was so smart. That’s what a lot of people don’t realize, Randy Moss is a ridiculously smart football player. The way he could read coverage. He was very slick with his routes and how he would dictate certain routes with other routes and this and that. I learned a lot from him. It was definitely great to have him at the beginning of my career.”
Julian Edelman leaves his heart on the field. In many ways, his toughness is the very symbol of what the Patriots are built on. The hard work, the dedication, the versatility to do many different jobs on the football field are reasons why the Seattle Seahawks may have their hands full with the man known as Minitron by players and fans. Even if “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith laughs off the nickname, the big man in the small body always finds a way to be a factor. If not in the offense, certainly in special teams, as he is one of the more dangerous punt returners in the league. His mental toughness also has him very prepared for the physicality the Legion of Boom presents.