Patriots receiver Julian Edelman had a rough season. He returned from a season-ending ACL tear in 2017, and was awesome in 2018. Edelman was brilliant in the postseason, and was named Super Bowl MVP. But, Edelman also earned a PED suspension.
The PED suspension was probably his only low this year. He missed the first four games of the regular season.
“After going through this whole year,” Edelman told Peter King, “these last 24 months of my
life have been a roller coaster. You go out and you tear an ACL. Then all of a
sudden you have a suspension that you’re facing. A lot of things go down and
then you end up … a huge low of your life. Because football is life. That’s
what people don’t understand with me. This is what I am. This is what I was put
here to do. This is what I sacrificed all my time for—my friends, my family,
everything like that … And then when you’re told you can’t play football for four
weeks because of something that happened that you really can’t get into because
you really don’t know what happened, it’s tough. You learn a lot from that.
“When that happened, I had a strong corner behind me. My father
and I kind of just sat back and said, All right, we have a problem
here. What’s this problem? Let’s make sure this never happens again. Let’s own
up to it. Let’s take your penalty like a man, regardless of the
circumstances.’ … From this whole thing, I’ve learned that
you’ve just got to stay in your routine, and you’ve just got to work your way
out of it. People don’t know what happened. I can’t
sit here and [due to] the league rules say what happened.”
The PED suspension is a sore spot
When asked if the suspension was unjust, Edelman did not say much.
not going down that road,” the receiver said. “I served what I had to
serve and I accept that. I know a lot of people were disappointed in me for it.
I apologize. It’ll never happen again.”