BOSTON — Julian Edelman didn’t win the Super Bowl XLIX MVP, but he absolutely deserves the Super Bowl parade MVP after his performance Wednesday.
Edelman was one part Hulk Hogan, one part Bruce Springsteen as he stood upon the roof of his Duck Boat wearing just a T-shirt in freezing temperatures while waving flags, grabbing signs from New England Patriots fans and forcing Pats Nation to be as loud as possible.
After the parade was over, Edelman ran over to meet with fans and take pictures with some of Boston’s finest.
“I’m on cloud 9 right now,” Edelman said moments after the parade concluded at City Hall Plaza.
“These people came out and supported us. You play the game for your friends and family, and for your region that you play in. We have some of the best fans in the world. It really is. If you think about it, Boston, New England, it’s crazy to think that you can experience this. It’s just been an unbelievable experience.”
It’s been a whirlwind three days for Edelman, who had nine catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He went straight from Arizona to Disneyland with teammate cornerback Malcolm Butler, before heading back to Boston for the parade. He said being a Super Bowl champ hasn’t fully kicked in yet.
“It will in the next couple days,” Edelman said. “Can’t wait to get back home, celebrate with my family. It’s great to be here in Foxboro, Boston. This is home.”
NFL Network announced that the parade, which originally was scheduled for Tuesday, drew 750,000 fans. The streets of Boston were packed despite frigid temperatures and snow covering the sidewalks.
“We’ll take it in right now, and soon enough we’ll be working for next year,” Edelman said.
Don’t worry, though. Edelman certainly is savoring the experience.
“Best time in my life,” Edelman said.
And after meeting with the media for four minutes, teammates LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley pulled Edelman away to continue the celebration.
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