Pats’ Edelman ranked No. 4 on list of all-time NFL Jewish players

Julian Edelman's career got off to a slow start, but he's been great in recent years.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has played just seven seasons in the NFL, but for the first four, he wasn’t a big part of the offense. Still, he’s managed to record 327 catches for 3,434 yards and 21 touchdowns — most of which came in the past three seasons.

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Obviously, he doesn’t have the best numbers of any wideout in the league, but he’s become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets and a key player in the Patriots offense. While he has yet to be named to a Pro Bowl, he was honored for his solid career thus far on Thursday. 

The American Jewish Historical Society named Edelman the fourth-best Jewish NFL player of all time. The three players he trails are Sid Luckman, Ron Mix and Benny Friedman — all of whom played before Edelman was born.

The full list can be found below, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:

Edelman won’t go down as one of the best players in NFL history, but he played a huge role in the Patriots’ Super Bowl run last season. He caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, which was sealed by Malcolm Butler’s interception.

If he continues at this pace, he’ll keep climbing up the Patriots’ all-time list for receptions. He’s already No. 10 with 327 career catches, with Rob Gronkowski being the only active Patriots ahead of him.