Morning sports update: Why Julian Edelman wears a bright yellow shirt at Patriots practice

"I always bust Brady’s [chops] and tell him [that] it makes him be able to see me a little better."

Julian Edelman at Patriots training camp in 2018.
Julian Edelman at Patriots training camp in 2018. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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Why Julian Edelman wears a bright yellow shirt at Patriots practice

Julian Edelman has made a career out of eluding would-be tacklers, but when he takes the field at practice, he’s impossible to miss.


The wide receiver has worn a bright yellow shirt with a blue streak along the sides under his No. 11 jersey in almost every practice during the past seven years — a testament to his love for the shirt and the Patriots’ equipment staff. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the shirt bears the words “Kent State Football” and was delivered to Edelman by the school’s equipment manager Clifton Ragin while the slot specialist was in his second NFL campaign.

“When people ask me about it, I always say, ‘What does Popeye say?’ I am what I am,” Edelman told Reiss.

Julian Edelman
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman signs autographs for fans following practice. —AP Photo/Steven Senne

In college, he was a three-year starter at quarterback, serving as the Golden Flashes’ leading passer and rusher his senior year. Edelman noted that though he has a couple of other shirts, he uses the one with a splash of color for practice. The two-time Super Bowl champion, who will serve a four-game suspension to open his 10th NFL season, said the decision to start wearing the shirt wasn’t spurred by superstition, but by former teammate Wes Welker.

“Wes used to wear his Texas Tech shirt, so I started wearing my Kent State,” he said.

There might be another reason for the fashion choice: his 41-year-old quarterback’s eyesight.


“I always bust Brady’s [chops] and tell him [that] it makes him be able to see me a little better,” Edelman said.

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