Edelman considers himself a New Englander

Edelman considers himself a New Englander
March 20, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Julian Edelman’s got New England in his blood, it seems.

So even as the Patriots wideout visited his hometown San Francisco 49ers and got his team physical from a doctor in his hometown of Redwood City, the thought of leaving New England was not something he relished.

“The most difficult time of this process is planning on the worst and that’s moving on and going to another place,” Edelman said on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “It’s very tough, especially when you’ve been in a place for five years and you’ve developed a love for the area. You have teammates, coaches that you’ve been through battles with, you have fans that are just outrageously great. It’s just a great area to play football in. There’s a reality that I could have played somewhere else. You didn’t know what direction your life was going to go, so it’s definitely great to have the process over and I’m looking forward to getting started and doing this right now.

“I’ve spent most of my adult life out there so I can tell you right now, I know Boston better than I know San Francisco,” Edelman added. “I go to the Cape more than I go to Lake Tahoe. I mean, I guess I am a New Englander when it comes down to it. It’s pretty crazy to think but if you look at it close, I don’t know the city of San Francisco that well but I grew up 30 miles south. I didn’t go to the city that often as an adult. Now in Boston, I’m there three times a week. I guess I would say I’m a New Englander."

The 2013 season saw Edelman emerge as the underneath and short-throw production beast Wes Welker had been for the previous six years. That was the role the Patriots signed Danny Amendola to fill.

Now, both players are under contract together at decent wages. I asked Edelman if they were in competition with each other or complements.

“That’s the coaches’ job (to decide),” said Edelman. “I’m going to go out there every day, like I do every day and try to take things from the classroom, bring it to the grass and better myself. Ultimately if I put myself in the best situation to succeed, it’s going to help the unit succeed if I do my job. Football is a competition. It’s always a competition. If you’re scared to compete, you’re in the wrong business, just like any other business. That’s how I take it. I’m a competitive guy, but I’m out there to ultimately help get myself better to make the cohesive unit better.”