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Julian Edelman shares insane drill his dad put him through to make him a better punt returner

Ryan Hannable
November 04, 2017 - 6:00 am

Julian Edelman promoted his new book “Relentless” by Tom E. Curran with multiple media appearances in New York City on Friday.

One of the stops was Good Morning America where he appeared with Michael Strahan and discussed the book, as well as how the rehab is going with his torn ACL.

Some of the book focuses on Edelman’s relationship with his father Frank and his impact on his career. His dad has taken a hands-on approach, including helping him train during some offseasons earlier in his career.

Edelman shared a drill his dad used to do with him to improve his punt return skills.

“My dad was a little nuts. That’s the least to say,” Edelman said. “We used to practice non-stop. He was a certified mechanic at 14. He didn’t have a dad in his life and his goal was to give his kids the best opportunities that he could possibly do. With that said, he used to come up with these crazy, insane drills. 

“When I got drafted in the NFL, my dad got a pair of sunglasses and he would tape one eye off so it would mess with my depth perspective. He had my sister get little golf whiffle balls and then he would get on top of the press box at the high school to punt, to get the football high enough and have my sister throw these little tennis balls at me to distract me with the glasses on to try and catch it.”

For his career, Edelman has returned 157 punts for 1,832 yards and four touchdowns.

“It worked,” he said. “He always tried to make the situation as hard as possible so when you go into the game your nerves are less tense and you become more natural with it.”

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