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Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman's chemistry with Tom Brady is unparalleled, but it's a chemistry that took years to build.

After joining the Patriots in 2009, it took Edelman four seasons to become one of Brady's most trusted targets. The QB-turned-wide receiver finally broke out in 2013 for 105 receptions, 1,056 yards and three touchdowns, and the rest is history.

Promoting his upcoming documentary “100%: Julian Edelman,” the three-time Super Bowl champion explained to SiriusXM's Jim Miller when he earned Brady's trust.

"I didn't just go in and gain that trust," Edelman told Miller. "I moved out to Los Angeles in the offseason because I heard that [Brady] would throw with receivers out there. Once I heard that, I told my agent, 'hey, give me a Residence Inn, give me a car, let's go out there and tell Brady I'm out there, and if he needs anyone to throw to, I'm there.'

"That year, he called me one time. And so, you know, I was like 'well, that was still something.' Then I did it again the next year and he called me a couple more times, and then by year three, we're throwing three or four times a week. And with that, that was the most valuable part, that offseason time together because he was learning my body mechanics and more importantly I was learning what he wanted and how he wanted it ... I think that's when the trust, and that's when the confidence was built that has helped us over a long, long period of time."

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Edelman's documentary -- which you can watch the trailer for here -- will premiere Friday on Showtime.

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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