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Patriots WR Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl LIII MVP with 10-catch game

Patriots WR Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl LIII MVP with 10-catch game

The New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl in team history Sunday with a 13-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and Tom Brady was not the game's MVP.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl LIII MVP after tallying 10 receptions for 141 yards on 12 targets from Brady. Oddsmakers pegged Edelman at 20-1 to win MVP before the game. 

He's the second wide receiver in Patriots history to win Super Bowl MVP -- Deion Branch won it in Super Bowl XXXIX. Edelman is the first wideout to claim this award since former Pittsburgh Steelers star Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII.

The 32-year-old star also moved into second place on the NFL's all-time playoff receiving yards leaderboard, passing Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin. 

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Julian Edelman pumped for Patriots camp to begin: 'School's back in session'

Julian Edelman pumped for Patriots camp to begin: 'School's back in session'

Julian Edelman warmed up for training camp Saturday by putting on a clinic in near 100-degree heat.

The Patriots wide receiver helped conduct his football clinic for about 600 boys and girls at Lincoln-Sudbury High School about 40 minutes north of Foxboro. The Super Bowl MVP compared Pats camp, which begins Thursday at Gillette Stadium, to school being back in session.

“I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team. Training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school’s back in session," Edelman told reporters. "We had summer break, [now] you get to see all the fellas. This is where you learn your team and learn each other and become accountable for each other and work hard together and create a consistency together."

The undisputed veteran of a Patriots receiving corps that is short on big names beside himself, Edelman, 33, is ready to mentor young receivers, such as first-round pick N'Keal Harry. 

“This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. We put a lot of hard work in during the spring, and the next step to playing other teams, so it’s definitely exciting.”

With tight end Rob Gronkowski retired, Edelman takes center stage as Tom Brady's favorite target. He led all Pats receivers with 850 yards in the regular season despite an NFL-imposed PED suspension that kept him out of the first four games. His 10-catch, 141-yard performance against the Rams in Super Bowl 53 earned him game MVP honors.

Starting Thursday, he'll lead a receiver group that includes few familiar names: Phillip Dorsett returns, Braxton Berrios is back from the practice squad, Harry is a top draft pick and free-agent signees Demaryius Thomas, Dontrelle Inman and Maurice Harris are among those who've been added. 

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