Patriots WR Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl 53 MVP
After a huge performance in Super Bowl 53, Julian Edelman won his first MVP. He grabbed 10 receptions for 141 yards, earning him the award.
Julian Edelman finished with 10 receptions for 141 yards to earn #SuperBowl MVP honors.
He's the 7th wide receiver to win it and the 1st since Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII. pic.twitter.com/bbUGYhZgqP
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 4, 2019
Edelman seemed to slice through the Rams defense all game long. Even though it seemed he was always getting double teamed by safeties and corners alike, he was still able to coral in difficult passes. His route running ability is one of the best in the NFL. His gravity opened up the field for Rob Gronkowski and for the running game. He made huge third-down catches and was simply the most impactful player in the Super Bowl.
With the win, Edelman is now second all-time in catches and reception yards, behind only Jerry Rice himself. That makes him quite possibly the most successful wideout of this generation, at least in the playoffs.
Edelman will go down in Patriots history as one of the most impactful wideouts in their franchise history. He is now second all-time in total playoff receptions. He’s won three Super Bowls and now has a Super Bowl MVP. He’s solidifying himself a spot in the Hall of Fame, regardless of his lack of regular season production.
The other argument for him is pretty straight forward. That he’s the product of a system. He’s only had two 1,000-yard seasons. He also only has 30 regular-season touchdowns and has played 16 games in a season twice in his career. Even if he was able to stay healthy throughout his career, it would be marred by playing with Brady and Bill Belichick.