During the first full week of the offseason, Julian Edelman was in New York City for men’s fashion week where he was named menswear style ambassador by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The Patriots wide receiver sat down with Forbes for an extensive 1-on-1 interview touching on a number of different subjects.
Edelman just finished his seventh NFL season and has developed into one of the best wide receivers in the league, after being a college quarterback at Kent State University and being taken in the seventh round by the Patriots.
He gives a lot of credit to where he is now to Tom Brady.
“To comprehend the reason that I am where I am in the NFL right now is in large part thanks to Tom Brady,” Edelman told Forbes. “The trail and grind that we have put in together during offseason is very important. The entire time throughout my second year on the league and even after my first year (my rookie year), I heard that Tom requested to have receivers come out to L.A. (where he had resided at that time), and he would throw to them. I went to L.A. and we worked on timing and body mechanics which we refer to as ‘getting on the same page’ — meaning being in the zone on the field together. For this reason, I moved out to Los Angeles.
“At that time, I was a young whippersnapper. I did not know too much. Moreover, I did not know anyone. I went to L.A. just in case he needed someone to throw the football to. The first year he called me twice. In fact, I was out there for four months and he called me twice. Naturally, I dropped everything at once and went to throw with him. The following year, I returned to L.A. and he called me a few more times. Soon thereafter we were throwing three days a week. Sure enough, we started to develop a concrete friendship and solid trust in one another. Ultimately, what we look forward to is that our relationship is both on the field and off the field. The teammates spend 14 hours together on many occasions. The team has a strong camaraderie and bond together. By developing my friendship with Tom has resulted in support and developing a huge part of my professional athletic career.”
As has been well-documented over the past year, Edelman credits his father for being his biggest inspiration in life.
“I am honored to say that my biggest inspiration is my father,” Edelman said. “He is a self-made man. Unfortunately, he had grown up without a father. He is a very disciplined routine man. He does the same thing every day by getting up and going to work. I remember while growing up, each that I would not see him in the morning as he would leave 5 a.m. each day. After work, when he would come home, we would spend time together and practice a lot. I learned great life lessons from my father.
“Now as an adult, I understand that my father did not have (a father), that person that I had my whole life to learn wisdom from and spend quality time together. My father taught me much more than sports; He taught me about life and how to handle situations and so much more.”
The wide receiver also discussed fashion, saying his favorite color is red and he started wearing red gloves so his mom would be able to spot him on the field.
When it comes to the Patriots and fashion, Edelman said Brady is at the top, but he likes to keep his “style classy and classic while popping a few things in here.”
“I would say that we are a stylish team,” Edelman said. “The Patriots have a broad spectrum of style. For example, you have Tom Brady who has given me about 12 pairs of Uggs. Menswear style is a huge part of professional sports these days. For example the players of the NBA is seen dressed and photographed on the way to the game whereas you see a lot less of us. Nevertheless, we have a pretty stylish team.
“Everyone knows that Tom Brady can dress to the nines. … He wears Tom Ford menswear. Tom is always looking like that well dressed man about town. I like to keep my style classy and classic while popping a few things in here and there such as a pocket square or a sharp looking tie. I like to change up my personal style.”