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    Julian Edelman

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    May 22, 1986 —

    For a brief period of time in September, the most requested profile on JONJ was not the still-strangely-missing Gene Wilder or even Corey Haim, but rather Julian Edelman. Who?

    Yes, exactly, who?

    A college quarterback turned NFL wide receiver, Edelman caught eight passes on his debut, and was proclaimed the next great thing by none other than ESPN's Sports Guy, Bill Simmons. And, obviously, with a name like Edelman, our readers wanted to know if he is Jewish.

    But as the NFL season went on, those debut numbers stood as a statistical anomaly among garbage time and Did Not Plays. And our readers? They stopped wondering about Edelman.

    Then, the supposedly meaningless regular season finale came. Starter Wes Welker tore up his knee, and Edelman was thrust into the spotlight, performing admirably, and becoming a starter for the playoffs.

    And our readers? Well, they started wondering again.

    So here you go, dear readers: Edelman is 1/8 Jewish by birth, was raised as a Christian, but now identifies as Jewish. Now can we go back to discussing Corey Haim?

    (Editor's update, February 1, 2015: It took a few years, but Edelman grew into quite a player after all...)

    (Editor's update, February 3, 2019: And now Super Bowl MVP, so that worked out...)

    Verdict: Jew.

    January 4, 2010

    See Also

    Jeremy Bloom

    Nate Ebner

    Corey Haim

    Mark Herzlich

    Robert Kraft
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