KENT, O.H. (WHDH) — Saturday was a big day for New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who traded in his jersey and cleats for a cap and gown.
Fourteen years after starting at Kent State University, Edelman returned to the college to get his diploma.
The 32-year-old made good on his promise to his parents that he would one day finish his degree in integrative studies. The Super Bowl MVP left school a decade ago after being drafted by the Pats.
Edelman said keeping this promise and setting a good example for his daughter wasn’t always easy.
“Some people have got to climb a mountain, some people have to swim through a river,” he said. “I did what I had to do.”
Edelman posted a throwback photo to his Twitter account on Thursday wishing his fellow Golden Flash graduates congratulations.
Teammate Tom Brady responded with congratulations of his own and a little teasing on Twitter saying, “Congrats on 14 years of college! That has got to be another record you set.”
Before commencement, Edelman took a walk down memory lane with friends and family.
Even before the big moment, he still had football on his mind.
“I’m ready,” number 11 said. “I’m a little nervous. It’s like pregame butterflies.”
Edelman took his diploma and left a message of hope for his fans and future graduates.
“It may have taken me a little longer to get this degree but, like my dad always told me, it is not how you get there.”
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