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Julian Edelman on people asking for Super Bowl tickets: ‘I’m a pretty big a-hole’


If Julian Edelman had his way, he would have nothing else to do between now and Super Bowl XLIX other than preparing for the game along with his New England Patriots teammates.

If there is one drawback for NFL players who near the pinnacle of their profession by making it to the Super Bowl, it probably has something to do with the extraordinary demands on their personal time leading up to the big game, things that take away their focus on preparation.

Chief among those annoying distractions has to be the inordinately absurd amount of requests players likely receive from close friends, family members, neighbors, dry cleaners, you name it, for Super Bowl tickets.

Patriots players presently are attempting to get all their ducks in a row as it relates to folks asking them for tickets, as it often is the case that before they know it, what with all the travel, media demands and other assorted hustle and bustle, it’s the Saturday night before game day, with some of them having little clue where the last two weeks went.

“No time to rest your mind,” said Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, via CSNNE. “We have two weeks to prepare for a team that we’re not familiar with so we have to take advantage of that.”

“You definitely want to get that out of the way as soon as you can — eliminate all distractions,” wide receiver Matthew Slater said. “At the end of the day, we have to realize we’re there to play and win a football game. Both teams are there to do that. It’s a great experience for your families. I’m not saying that, don’t get me wrong, but that’s not the priority. The priority is to go out there and finish what we started.”

But Edelman, the diminutive but fiery wide receiver, explains the need to focus at its bluntly best when he described how he handles distractions coming from those close to him heading into his sport’s biggest game of the year.

“I’m a pretty big a-hole to all my friends and family,” Edelman said. “They know that. When it’s football time it’s football time.”

It certainly sounds like Edelman has taken a page out of Tom Brady’s playbook when it comes to how his focus has a detrimental effect on his disposition during game week.

(photo credit: Jim Davis/Boston Globe)