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Julian Edelman shares note from professor who doubted his NFL dreams

It goes without saying that Julian Edelman wasn’t seen as a can’t-miss NFL prospect coming out of Kent State. After starring at quarterback for the Golden Flashes, Edelman wasn’t even invited to the 2009 NFL Combine and wasn’t selected until the New England Patriots took a flier on him in the seventh round with the 232nd selection.

The diminutive Edelman of course was transitioned to wide receiver by the Patriots and the rest, as they say, is history. In eight NFL seasons, Edelman is a two-time Super Bowl champion, amassing 425 receptions for 4,540 yards (10.7 average) and 24 touchdowns. His contributions on special teams, where he has contributed four touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, warrant mention as well.

But given Edelman’s doubtful status as an established NFL-caliber talent meant there were some doubters along the way who questioned the legitimacy of his professional football dreams.

Included in that group was one of Edelman’s professors, who has since reached out to the Patriots wide receiver to apologize for a “flippant” comment he made all those years ago.

Edelman took to Twitter Tuesday to share an image of the letter from the professor he just received last month in which an apology is issued for how the instructor “stupidly voiced an uneducated opinion that implied I had disdain for your passion for the game.”

It must be gratifying for Edelman to receive such a thoughtful letter, even if, as the professor states in his letter, Edelman hasn’t “thought about it twice” since the incident occurred.