No one remembers Tom Brady’s humble beginnings quite like his former Patriots teammate, Julian Edelman.
In response to Thursday’s reveal that Brady and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes would grace the cover of “Madden NFL 22” together, Edelman celebrated the seven-time Super Bowl champ by reminding him of his roots.
“You’ve come a long way since ‘QB No. 12’ @TomBrady,” Edelman tweeted alongside a screenshot of an older Madden game, which failed to include Brady’s name and photo.
The 199th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady took the quarterback reins in New England from Drew Bledsoe during the 2001 season, when he won his first Super Bowl as a Patriot. He went on to win six championships with Bill Belichick during his 20-season stint in New England.
In March 2020, however, Brady signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 43-year-old quarterback won his seventh Super Bowl title in February when he defeated Mahomes, 25, and the Chiefs.
As for Edelman, the 35-year-old wide receiver officially hung up his cleats in April after 12 seasons. Brady, a longtime friend of Edelman, praised his former target in a heartfelt Instagram post.
“On the biggest stage and in the biggest moments, you always came through,” Brady wrote. “I was a witness to so much of the journey and am so proud of you and how you grew from 7th round underdog to an older 7th round underdog.
“You have so many teammates that admired your work ethic and will to win, and I am at the top of the list because when I was down and feeling sorry for myself at times, you were right there to pick me up. You were as tough as could be and I love you for all that you did to make our teams as great as they could possibly be,” he continued.
Unlike former Patriot Rob Gronkowski, who joined Brady in Tampa Bay, Edelman made it clear last month that he won’t be sporting Buccaneers threads in the future.
“I’m a one-team guy,” Edelman quipped on “The Michael Irvin Podcast.”
“Madden NFL 22” is expected to be released in August.