Danny Amendola calls Julian Edelman toughest player he's played with

Ryan Hannable, WEEI:
Julian Edelman stands 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, but he’s as tough as they come in the NFL, taking big hit after big hit, week in and week out.

Super Bowl XLIX was no different, with Edelman taking the biggest of shots on the Patriots’ drive in which they cut the deficit to 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter, when Edelman caught a pass over the middle near midfield for a first down, but was crushed by Seahawk safety Kam Chancellor.

Early in Super Bowl XLIX, NBC broadcaster Al Michaels mentioned to color analyst Cris Collinsworth that the game reminded him of the famous title fight between "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. That classic bout lasted only eight minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Seahawks' S Cam Chancellor went for the knockout punch. On third and 14 from the New England 28, a 21 yard strike from QB Tom Brady to Julian Edelman kept the drive alive. The helmet to helmet hit by Chancellor on Edelman dazed the Patriots' wideout, but Julian regained his balance and ran for an additional 10 yards. Replay showed his knee was down at the New England 49, but Edelman survived the haymaker from the Seattle enforcer. A second 21 yard completion later in the drive to Edelman preceded the four yard TD pass to Danny Amendola.

“He’s a warrior” said Amendola. “Edelman is like steel. He’s like Superman,” Nate Solder added. That is something coming from a 6' 8" 320 lb. offensive tackle. Edelman, who had missed the final two regular season games due to a concussion, doesn't lack for confidence on those passes over the middle. The only thing that can remotely slow him down is the team doctor.

The last time Danny Amendola was this open, Julian Edelman threw him the ball. That pass only tied the game. This time, Julian was the recipient and delivered his "knockout punch."

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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