Bill Belichick: "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals."
Tom Brady: "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian."
The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL.
When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady-or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong.
Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school where he went from a 4'10", 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone's expectations. Everyone's expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness.
When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the 5'10" college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he'd never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games.
Relentless is the story of Edelman's rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growing up with a father who was as demanding as any NFL coach, his near-constant fight to keep his intensity and competitiveness in check in high school and college, and his celebrated nine seasons with the Patriots. Julian shares insights into his relationships and rivalries, and his friendships with teammates such as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Matt Slater, and Randy Moss. Finally, he reveals the story behind "the catch" and life on the inside of a team for the ages.
Inspiring, honest, and unapologetic, Relentless proves that the heart of a champion can never be measured.
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About the Author
Tom E. Curran is a Boston journalist who has covered the New England Patriots since 1997 while working for the MetroWest Daily News, the Providence Journal, and NBC Sports. He is currently cohost of CSN New England's Boston Sports Tonight and the award-winning football show Quick Slants and appears frequently on Boston's WEEI, NBC's Pro Football Talk Live, the NFL Network, and the Dan Patrick Show. He lives in Lakeville, Massachusetts, with his wife Erica and three sons.
Table of Contents
1 I Caught It! 1
2 No Sniveling! 11
3 Bam-Bam Arrives 21
4 Into The Football Fire 29
5 The Road To Disney World 41
6 Woodside High And The Making Of A Quarterback 51
7 Making A Name At Juco 65
8 Chasing Josh Cribbs 73
9 So You Think You're A Wideout 93
10 Hey, Edelnut! 109
11 Scratching To Stick 129
12 A Career Crossroads 137
13 A New Leaf 151
14 A Breakout Season 163
15 Destination Arizona 181
16 You Gotta Believe! 199
17 Life Takes A Turn 217
18 A Helluva Story 237
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Julian is one motivated and motivating guy.
Let's begin with me looking up the definition of relentless: "oppressively constant; incessant( "continuing without pause or interruption")." Appropriate title is appropriate. Just when you think you know football you read a Memoir by a player you know little to nothing about and are left feeling like you also know little to nothing about football. Whereas he lives and breathes the sport you are a casual fan. Discovering his work ethic and never give up attitude and basically an eff the haters approach to everything, Julian did what it took to not only make it to the NFL, but make it under the wings of Bill Belichik and Tom Brady. Reading a book about a Patriot, as a Giants fan was interesting. I put my allegiance aside and just took in all that Julian had to say. I even squee'd at the what might have been finding out he did indeed talk to the Giants seriously when his contract with the Pats was up; but he knew in his heart he was born and bred to be a Patriot and that Boston was his city even if he came from California like his bff; Tom Brady. Not only did I get a good perspective of Julian in this book I got impressions of his Father, Brother, Sister, and fellow players like Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski. Even a small hindsight of the human disaster that was Aaron Hernandez- little did I know he could play football. Julian makes him sound like a likable person, but having the hand up on history and real life- such an unfortunate ending for him. And I will also admit, Julian is one hell of a storyteller. I was gripped on his every word. I even took a pen to the book (I can hear people cringing to this fact) and underlined quotes and things I wished to go back through and look at again. I know you need to be a special kind of person to read a book like this, but if a diehard Giants fan like me can read this, and like and appreciate the guy- anyone can. The moral of his entire story I pretty much pictured the Little Engine that Could. He thought he could and he did, no matter what his size and the obstacles and naysayers in his way.
But I'm from Buffalo