Colin Cowherd: “Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were both so inspired by what Julian Edelman is that they rushed to say what a great player he is… Yet I turned on the radio yesterday and it was a cacophony of ‘HE’S NOT A HALL OF FAME PLAYER!’ Then what is?? You gotta add context to stuff. Did you know Jason Garrett has a higher winning percentage than Jimmy Johnson? Who is the better coach?? If you ask Calvin Johnson today if he would trade places with Julian Edelman, you damn right he would. If you asked Edelman if he would trade places with Calvin Johnson he would laugh in your face… Edelman for a decade made more big catches in more big games than any player. Super Bowl MVP, the biggest catch in Super Bowl history vs. Atlanta, second in league history in playoff catches and playoff yards… Receivers on bad teams trail with eight minutes left, they face prevent defense, and get junk yards. Edelman didn’t get ‘junk yards’ because the Patriots averaged 12 wins throughout his career. What was Edelman doing in the last seven and a half minutes of games? BLOCKING. Edelman didn’t get junk yards, his stats were in the heart and the meat of third downs in the quarters that mattered. A lot of you guys play fantasy football, I don’t – but in fantasy football sometimes receivers on bad teams are better than receivers on good teams because bad teams throw the ball late when they’re trailing. Edelman doesn’t trail. When you’re a part of a great ‘system’ you have to sacrifice things. Manu Ginobili on another team would have averaged 23 points a game, but in the Spurs system he came off the bench and averaged 17.5 in his prime. Edelman was always his best in the BIGGEST games, he was the opposite of a ‘stat compiler’… The Patriots don’t draft wide receivers particularly well so he never had that superstar no. 1 receiver that got the double-coverage… To me, that’s a Hall of Famer.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he thinks Julian Edelman IS an NFL Hall of Famer, as recent news of Edelman’s retirement from the league has bred a robust debate that has spawned many media members and former athletes alike emphatically proclaiming that Edelman ISN’T Hall of Fame worthy.
Colin details why Edelman is the ‘anti-junk yards’ wide receiver, stating that Edelman shouldn’t apologize for not being a ‘stat-compiler’ who racked up 1,000-yard seasons on bad teams year after year who were always trailing and throwing the ball against prevent defenses.
Check out the segment above as Colin says Edelman made more big catches in more big games than any wide receiver the last decade, and if that’s not enough to make the Hall of Fame, then what is?