Julian Edelman posts apology letter from college teacher who doubted his NFL aspirations
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“He’s too small. His durability is questionable. He isn’t going to make an impact on an NFL team.”
Like this harsh scouting report from 2009, a former teacher of Julian Edelman’s had doubts about his ability, too, and has regretted saying it ever since.
On Tuesday morning, the New England Patriots wide receiver posted an apology letter on Twitter from that specific teacher, with a caption “Set your goals high. Do whatever it takes to achieve them. #motivation”
Edelman attended the College of San Mateo for one year before transferring to Kent State. It was in his English 100 class at CSM that the professor expressed his or her doubts.
“I don’t think it fazed you, frankly, but whenever I think back on it, I feel terrible, not because you proved me wrong, but because I stupidly voiced and uneducated opinion that implied I had disdain for your passion for the game,” the teacher wrote in the letter.
The 31-year-old wide receiver took his teacher’s doubts and turned them into motivation, rising from seventh-round draft pick to Super Bowl hero and beyond.