It should come as no surprise that the New England Patriots are just as competitive in ping pong as they are in football.
On Saturday, Julian Edelman shared a short snippet of a ping pong match between himself and Danny Amendola.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 11, 2017
Teammate Chris Hogan was quick to respond on Twitter, asking if the two needed “the champ” to come play.
— Chris Hogan (@ChrisHogan_15) March 11, 2017
The wide receivers engaged in some friendly trash talk in which Edelman poked fun at Hogan’s crazy eyes.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 12, 2017
The Patriots are no strangers to the paddle sport, as Edelman and Amendola reportedly play three or four times a week, and linebacker Rob Ninkovich hosts an annual charity tournament that featured a very fierce Edelman in 2015.
The duo also showed off their skills—shirtless—in their “Cops” parody video.
Fittingly, one of Amendola’s first memories in the Patriot locker room involved a ping pong match with none other than quarterback Tom Brady. In an interview with ESPN, he recalled:
My first week in the building, [Tom] wanted me to play some Ping-Pong. I didn’t really know how to go about it. I knew I was better than him, but I didn’t want to beat him too bad because I wanted him to throw me the ball. Needless to say, his competitive nature unleashed a broken paddle by the end of it, but it’s the reason why we love him and the reason why he’s the best quarterback.
And Brady, being Brady, bounced back with a social media post of his own.