Sometimes we forget that athletes are real people too. Julian Edelman joined 103.3 AMP Radio’s The TJ Show Friday morning to talk about eating out in Boston, living in Back Bay, the return of his pop shop, and how fatherhood has changed his life.
The interview covered a wide range of topics, here are some of the highlights.
Edelman loves to eat at restaurants such as Coppa, Tora, and Little Donkey. It's not always easy to go out as an NFL star, but Edelman does his best to blend in. “I am a 5-10 white dude so I can throw a cap on and blend in a little bit, you know what I mean?” It also helps that he knows the chefs, so he can get it delivered whenever he wants.
The Patriots receiver is entrenched in Boston culture - he lives in Back Bay. And while he says he's never had Bill Belichick over, Tom Brady has hung out - and no, Edelman doesn't turn into a cleaning fiend prepping for his quarterback. “He’s just a regular guy. I keep my place pretty clean always, so...I’ll have guys come over, watch the fight or the game or whatever’s on...he comes over just like all the other fellas.”
Brady was actually a big help to Edelman finding his spot. "He’s been, you know, he’s lived in Boston for 35, 40 years now, you know, ever since he started playing here, so. When I was looking into buying, he actually helped me. He would come with me to viewings and stuff, kind of like an older brother, and I’d pick his brain on it because he knows the market.”
For the third time, Edelman's pop-up shop will return to Newbury Street. The shop will feature exclusive Edelman merch, and maybe even a chance to meet No. 11. Pop into the shop, located at 324 Newbury Street, if you want a chance to see Edelman, who plans to poke his head in during the bye week.
In the interview, Edelman congratulated one of the hosts on her pregnancy, and reflected on how fatherhood has changed him. "You really feel, and have, an experience of love that you've never experienced before." He went on to say "You come home from a hard day of work and you see your little blue-eyed, toe-head coming over here saying 'Dada'...there's nothing like it." Edelman has a two-year-old daughter.
Edelman and the Patriots have a bye this week before taking on the Jets next weekend.
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