Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots are having the last laugh.
While some experts, including ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, wrote off the Patriots following their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, New England overcame the criticism en route to winning its fourth Super Bowl title. Edelman fired back at the haters Monday.
“It’s a bunch of noise out there: ‘Tom Brady can’t win it again, coach (Bill) Belichick’s not good enough, this, that. Mr. Kraft, he can’t get another one done. Deflategate.’ All this bull,” Edelman said on WEEI’s “Middays with MFB.” “Everyone can talk, keep on talking, but we’re going to be raising that trophy up in front of everybody in New England and it’s going to be a great time. They can kiss that.”
Edelman played a key role in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran wide receiver caught nine passes for 109 yards and hauled in the game-winning score in the fourth quarter. Brady earned the game’s MVP honors, but Edelman certainly did his job.
Dilfer, who called the Patriots “weak” earlier in the season, offered his congratulations via Twitter shortly after New England won and Edelman subsequently recalled the analyst’s previous criticism. Edelman is unlikely to forget the heat the Pats took before turning around their season, though. The skepticism seemingly fueled New England.
“(Dilfer) sits there and analyzes everything, but he needs to go and watch the film, and he can’t say anything now because we’re world champions,? Edelman said Monday.
“We’re coming back home to Boston with the Lombardi Trophy,” Edelman added, “and he can take that and put that in his clips.”
Edelman wasn’t just about ripping the haters in the wake of New England’s triumph. He also tipped his cap to the Seahawks and offered immense praise for Brady, who now has four rings and three Super Bowl MVP awards. The Patriots are scheduled to celebrate their championship Tuesday with a parade through downtown Boston.
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling to be in this situation right now,” Edelman said. “We’re just looking forward to getting back and getting on that duck tour boat and sharing this with the people of Foxboro and New England.
“It’s going to be a fun time.”
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