Wednesday, February 24th | 13 Adar 5781

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2019


Julian Edelman

Wide receiver, New England Patriots

They will still be talking about the New England Patriots wide receiver's stellar performance at the 2019 Super Bowl a generation from now. Awarded MVP as the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams to take their sixth Super Bowl title, Edelman distinguished himself by catching 10 passes on 12 targets, for 141 yards. One of the stars of the Patriots team since his Rookie Year in 2009, Edelman is the first Jewish football player to be named as a Super Bowl MVP. Asked by an interviewer to describe his feelings about that honor, a deliriously happy Edelman responded by saying, “It's crazy, it's crazy! L’Chaim!” In June 2019, Edelman and other team members joined Patriots owner Robert Kraft for a visit to Israel. (Photo: Seatacular / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


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