Watch Julian Edelman’s Pop Warner football highlights as a ’49er’

Edelman was a nightmare for defenses even at a young age.

Julian Edelman returns to his home state for this week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. And the Patriots receiver, who grew up as a fan of the local team, shared some footage of his early days playing football.

Growing up in Redwood City, California, Edelman even donned a 49ers jersey in his Pop Warner league. He wore number 21 as an homage to Deion Sanders. And he showed the versatility that would one day make him an exceptional player in Bill Belichick’s system, running, catching, passing and even playing defense.

Like his teammate, Tom Brady, Edelman grew up in California as a fan of one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. In New England, they’ve helped to create and sustain a dynasty of their own.

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