Julian Edelman is the of son of Angela and Frank Edelman, who owns a small business. His father is Jewish and his mother is not Jewish.
During an NFL Network interview in December 2013, Edelman stated that he identifies as Jewish and that he celebrates Hanukkah, and he wore an Israeli-American flag pin on his hat during the November 2014 Denver Broncos game at Gillette Stadium.
He played college football at Kent State and the College of San Mateo as a quarterback, and was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
In the 2013 NFL season Edelman became the NFL’s all-time leader in career punt return average, with 13.0 yards per return, surpassing the 12.8-yard average of former Chicago Bear George McAfee.
In Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks his touchdown reception with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter was the final go-ahead score of the game, putting the Patriots up 28–24 and helping lead them to become the Superbowl champions.
In 2016 Edelman published a children’s book; Flying High about a squirrel named Jules who discovers to succeed his physical limitations through hard work and the assistance of a goat named Tom.