Is Julian Edelman a Corridor of Famer? Twitter debates retired receiver’s credentials


Julian Edelman known as it quits Monday, asserting his retirement after an 11-year NFL profession, all of it spent with the Patriots.

Edelman’s remaining stat line: 620 receptions for six,866 receiving yards (11 yards per reception) and 36 receiving touchdowns; 58 rushes for 413 yards (7.1 yards per carry); 177 punt returns for 1,986 yards and 4 touchdowns. His yardage ranks 156h in NFL historical past, and his receiving touchdowns are tied for 261st.

Zero Professional Bowl choices. Three Tremendous Bowl rings. One Tremendous Bowl MVP. And a member of the Patriots’ 2010 All-Decade crew.

Now, the following debate: Are these numbers ok to be inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame (which Edelman will not be eligible for till 2026)? The pure numbers say no, however that did not cease Twitter customers from making “HOFer” and “Edelman” development Monday night as they mentioned Edelman’s Corridor of Fame credentials.

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Sporting Information’ Vinnie Iyer in Might 2019 made a compelling argument that Edelman’s Corridor of Fame case is not so minimize and dry. Working in Edelman’s favor is the truth that solely Jerry Rice ranks forward of Edelman in postseason receptions (151 to Edelman’s 118) and receiving yards (2,245 to Edelman’s 1,442). He was additionally one of many favourite targets of Tom Brady — himself a first-ballot Corridor of Famer — as the 2 gained three Tremendous Bowls collectively.

However Edelman solely led the Patriots thrice in receiving yards, and by no means put collectively greater than 1,117 yards in a season (in 2019, his final absolutely wholesome season). He had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons and by no means scored greater than seven receiving touchdowns a yr. Folks had been additionally fast to level out his stats pale compared to different non-Corridor of Famers with significantly higher stats, together with Hines Ward, who in 2021 didn’t make it into Canton for the fifth consecutive yr.

No matter whether or not Edelman makes it into the Corridor of Fame, the truth that his candidacy is so hotly debated — not even 24 hours faraway from asserting his retirement — is a testomony to his impression on the sport.

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