Julian Edelman makes impressive touchdown catch, but his ‘Merton Hanks dance’ needs work

Was Edelman's celebration a tribute to the former 49ers safety?

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass with Danny Amendola against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates after catching a touchdown pass Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. –Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Julian Edelman opened the Patriots’ scoring Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with this four-yard, first-quart touchdown catch.

While the toe-dragging catch itself was something to behold, Edelman’s celebration also caught some eyes.

For those who did not get that, Merton Hanks was a former San Francisco 49ers safety in the 1990s, who was famous for his so called chicken dance. It’s worth noting that Edelman grew up 30 minutes away from San Francisco and was a big 49ers fan.

While Edelman’s tribute (intentional or not) was nice, there really is no matching this.

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