Julian Edelman has had a pretty good career, hasn’t he?
The New England Patriots wide receiver was first drafted by the club in 2009 and has gone on to win two Super Bowls under Bill Belichick in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He also earns a reported $9million a year salary, as well as a holding host of other sponsorship deals, so his life is pretty sweet.
However, it could have all been very different for Edelman had he taken the advice of a former teacher, who failed to encourage his sporting ambitions and decided to mock them instead.
Amazingly, this week it emerged that the teacher in question has actually reached out to Edelman to apologise for a flippant comment they made to the 31-year-old while teaching him. The teacher, who taught English, says the comment they made to Jules has been bothering them for years and decided to finally apologise for it.
Taking to Twitter to share the letter, Edelman posted a caption alongside the photo, saying: “Set your goals high. Do whatever it takes to achieve them. #motivation.”
The letter itself read:
“Dear Jules, I’m not sure you will remember me: I was your teacher for your English 100 class at CSM in the spring of 2006.
“I’ve been wanting to write to you for, oh, what seems to be a thousand years, to apologise to you for a flippant comment I made to you that semester. You may not even remember it but I’ve felt bad about it for years.
“You made some comment about ‘going to the league’ and I said something about setting realistic goals, about how few people enter the ranks of the professional athlete, blah, blah, blah.
“I don’t think it fazed you, quite frankly, but when I look back on it I feel terrible, not because you proved me wrong but because I voiced an uneducated opinion that implied I had disdain for your passion for the game.
“I think it was early in the semester, before I knew you, but how I could ever have doubted your tenacity and grit is beyond me!
“Again, I doubt you’ve even thought about it twice, but even so, I’m sorry for wedging my foot so firmly in my mouth that day.”
Twitter users were quick to laud the teacher for writing to the star, with many saying it takes a strong person to admit their mistakes, even if they were so long ago. However, some users questioned the teachers prerogative and wondered if they were in fact fishing for some tickets to a Patriot’s game by getting in contact with the football player.
Personally, I think the most impressive thing about all of this is that Edelman didn’t just fire a letter back saying “I told you so.”
Now, if only all my teachers who doubted me would apologise for the flippant comments they made. I mean look at me, I may not have won the Super Bowl but I know how to cook a mean Pot Noodle and shower at least 4 times a week, so who’s winning?