Imagine picking up your high school date and waiting at the front door is one of the greatest football players of all time.
That was Julian Edelman’s experience. He used to date Jerry Rice’s daughter and the two went to prom together.
Edelman admitted that he was «terrified» of Rice.
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“I remember the first time I walked up and Jerry came out with the chain on, shirtless, six packed, and he just nodded. And that was like the last time we spoke for two years. It was terrifying,” Edelman said. on the Gilbert Arenas podcast.
«I was terrified. And now I have a little girl, so I understand, you know, so you understand. A little punk, a little boy who comes into the house thinking he’s dating a daughter and stuff.»
It’s been close to 20 years since those days, though, and Edelman says he’s «still a little nervous talking about it.»
«It’s Jerry Rice. It’s a GOAT,» he said.
But Edelman and the Hall of Fame catcher are fine now.
«The family was amazing. Everyone was great and they remain friends to this day,» Edelman said. «And then when I got, you know, it was crazy, when I got to the league afterward, we developed a relationship. It became cool. I still see it on the [Kentucky] Derby here and there. I see him out and about, and lately he’s been very good.»
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In high school, Edelman dreamed of the NFL and was a «little punk» here and there.
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«I’ll tell you what, when Jerry wasn’t there, he would put his Super Bowl rings on me and everything,» he admitted.
Edelman eventually won three of his own.