FOXBORO, Mass. — Get ready to hear about this a whole lot over the next nine days, but New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay were once college rivals.
The roles have reversed and rotated since then, but Edelman was a quarterback at Kent State, and McVay was a wide receiver at Miami of Ohio. Both schools were in the Mid-American Conference.
Edelman was asked if he remembered those matchups.
“Honestly, I don’t,” Edelman said. “But it was pretty cool to see some footage. It was cool.”
Edelman and McVay were born just four months apart. Edelman is amazed by McVay’s success.
“It’s very remarkable,” Edelman said. “He’s a stud. He’s my age, and he’s leading an organization to a Super Bowl. It’s unbelievable, and it’s a testament to how much he knows the game, how hard he works. And I love seeing it. He’s a MAC guy. So, you know that Coach McVay and that coaching staff is going to have that team ready, and we’re going to have to take advantage of the preparation time that we have and get ready too.”
In three seasons at Miami, McVay caught 39 passes for 312 yards. He also carried the ball nine times for 29 yards and returned 15 kicks for 185 yards.
McVay went straight into coaching once his college career was over, while Edelman was drafted by the Patriots and moved to receiver. They’re both doing pretty well for themselves.