Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Patriots' Julian Edelman shaves beard on Ellen show

Patriots' Julian Edelman shaves beard on Ellen show

A lot of things go down and then you end up ... a huge low of your life.

After Super Bowl LIII, Patriots safety Devin McCourty complimented backup quarterback Brian Hoyer for getting the defense ready for games through his work with the scout team offense and said Stephon Gilmore's crucial interception in the fourth quarter came on a play that the Patriots knew because Hoyer ran it in practice. "Unit the season is done.' So I put my razor in the drawer", Edelman said.

"Once we got into Atlanta, into the preparation, it was frustrating for me", Hoyer said. "This is what I sacrificed all my time for - my friends, my family, everything like that", Edelman explained. You learn a lot from that. "I can't sit here and [due to] the league rules say what happened". "I served what I had to serve and I accept that".

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Taking his coach's words far too literally, Edelman put his razor in the drawer before this past season began and made a decision to just let it all grow, to the point where his beard expanded past the contours of Edelman's rather compact head to become its own separate entity. "I apologize. It'll never happen again".

Edelman actually appeared genuinely caught off guard by Ellen's proposition but was still game enough not only to take her up on the offer but also match the donation with $10,000 of his own money. "My father was a tough, hard-nosed guy and pushed me to limits I never thought I could get to".

Since Edelman was banned from any contact with the Patriots and from using their facilities, he said he kept in shape by working out at Boston College and Harvard with former National Football League players. "It's easy to go there, that route. If you want to find noise, you could find noise".

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