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Julian Edelman gifts Super Bowl tickets to girl bullied for playing football

Julian Edelman surprised a seventh-grader from Exeter, N.H., with tickets to Super Bowl LIII after hearing her story about being bullied for playing football.

Dejah Rondeau, who wears No. 11 in honor of Edelman, her favorite player, has been picked on at school due to her quarterbacking the seventh- and eighth-grade football team, according to her mother. She started in three games after the original starter went down with injury.

The Patriots invited Rondeau to Foxborough earlier this week where she was expecting to tour the trophy room with owner Robert Kraft and have a catch with Edelman.

The Patriots had much bigger and better things in store for the young football player.

“I heard about your story, about going out there and having a challenge, of dealing with adversity because people not accepting this, that,” Edelman told Rondeau, via Boston.com. “My respect level for you is just through the roof because you just ignored all the noise and you played the game we all love and that’s football.”

Edelman then informed Rondeau she would be heading to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., for Super Bowl LIII.

“We’re gonna bring you to the Super Bowl, too, if that’s cool,” Edelman said while giving Rondeau two tickets. “Do you have any plans next Sunday?”

Her response?

“That was crazy,” Rondeau said. “I never knew — I never thought that would ever happen. I’m just really excited to go.”