New England Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman has contributed a lot to his team and was an integral piece in their Super Bowl LI win. Unfortunately, after that it seems like everything went downhill for him.
The veteran wide receiver suffered an ACL tear in his right knee, missing the entire 2017 campaign. In addition to that, he’ll be suspended from playing in the first four contests of the upcoming season after violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
However, Edelman isn’t letting the adversity hinder his spirit, though, and even though his return has been pushed back, he’ll be concentrated on ensuring he is 100 percent ready for Week 5.
After the New England’s training camp practice Saturday, Julian addressed his four-game ban for the first time and accepted responsibility for his mistake.
“Obviously, you’re disappointed with it, but I got to follow the protocols a little better and make sure this never happens again,” Edelman said. “I’m accountable for my actions.”
And following Sunday’s session, the 32-year-old reiterated those thoughts and let everyone know just how much he appreciates them for standing by his side through thick and thin, offering his “deepest apologies to my family, friends, peers, coaches and fans.”
“It’s been one heck of a few months and a crazy year,” Edelman wrote in an Instagram post. “My deepest apologies to my family, friends, peers, coaches and fans. What I can say, and what I am most thankful for, is the overwhelming support I have received from everyone. The love and support has truly helped me through what has been a challenging time. Whether it’s a person walking down Newbury street, or someone next to me filling up their gas tank saying they have my back. I can’t thank Pat’s Nation enough. It inspires me to go out and work that much harder for you guys. Remember, tough times don’t last, tough people do.”