If Julian Edelman is able to return to TD Garden any time soon, he’ll proudly be able to rock his customized No. 11 Boston Celtics jersey.
Because apparently, the New England Patriots wide receiver is really into rookie Payton Pritchard’s game.
That’s easy to imagine considering the young Celtics guard has impressed and continues to earn himself playing time early this season. Not to mention, his undersized stature and gritty play on the court somewhat resembles that of Edelman’s on the gridiron.
Oh, and they wear the same number.
Edelman on Tuesday evening shared two photos on his Instagram story, one on top of the other, of himself and Pritchard in Boston’s green No. 11 jerseys.
Pritchard also is on a pet-name basis with Edelman already, too.
“My guy @PaytonPritch3 reppin the sticks! Keep it up bubs,” Edelman said in the post.
Pritchard has played in all eight games for Boston so far this season, averaging 23.1 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.1 assists, two rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Not to mention, he’s confidently shooting 54% from the field.
Don’t look now, but the Celtics rookie so far is putting up stats worthy of Rookie of the Year consideration.
Real recognize real.