In his new memoir, Relentless, Julian Edelman details the impact family, coaches, teammates, and others have had on developing his football career. Moving forward, however, the book’s epilogue specifically points to the influence of one fellow New Englander: Tom Brady.
“There’s no one more valuable for me to learn from than Tom and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, in a lot of ways,” Edelman writes. “Every time I’m around them, I learn. The way they are with their kids, the way they make time to spend with each other, they are just good people.”
The wide receiver lauded the quarterback for his loyalty and protectiveness, saying “Tom’s stuck with me through some hard times, and he’s always shown real concern about me doing the right things.” He had nothing but praise for Brady’s wife, too.
“Gisele is just very caring,” Edelman said. “She knows what’s up in my life and she asks and listens. She’s a really free spirit, and being around them with their vibe is comforting.”
Brady and Bündchen currently have two children together, Benjamin, 7, and Vivian, 4, and also care for 10-year-old Jack, Brady’s son with former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan. The couple regularly shares photos of their family activities, including backyard play dates, tropical vacations, skiing, and of course, watching football. The two also make time for themselves with date nights ranging from a local concert to the Met Gala.
“I would love to have a relationship like theirs,” Edelman said, before elaborating on the obstacles of maintaining a relationship given his current lifestyle.
“Living with me right now would be tough for anyone. Dating isn’t easy. I have Lily, I’ve got business interests, and when it’s the football season, I don’t have time to sit and check in every day with someone. You have to be ready to give your partner that time, and right now, it’s a challenge for me.”
In November 2016, Edelman welcomed his first child, Lily, with Swedish model Ella Rose. Although he and Rose are currently not involved romantically, Edelman has credited fatherhood with making him more reflective of his progress by asking some of the following questions: “Are you growing as a person? Are you achieving goals? Are you living a life that’s a good example?”
While Edelman would ultimately like to pursue a relationship “sooner rather than later,” he notes there are several things to consider.
“The next year of my life is already scheduled out,” he said. “I just have to find the right person, and right now my life is about football and my child.”
When that time does come, the 31-year-old hopes to emulate his dad, Frank.
“When Dad stopped playing in a rock band and was done chasing that dream, he devoted himself to his family,” Edelman said. “I would love to do the same thing — just without driving a 1991 Suburban and wearing sweatpants, a fanny pack, and six-year-old Pumas.”