The No. 11 jersey swap is complete: Julian Edelman gets Kyrie Irving his own Patriots jersey


Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman, wearing a Boston Celtics jersey bearing his number, speaks to the media. –AP Photo/Charles Krupa

After the Patriots defeated the Colts on Thursday Night Football on Oct. 4, receiver Julian Edelman donned a No. 11 Celtics jersey with his last name on the back to the postgame news conference.

Point guard Kyrie Irving the next day smiled and said he was aware of the handiwork being done to Edelman’s Celtics attire.

“It passed by me before it got to him,’’ Irving said. “I’m appreciative of him. He’s a great person. Hopefully, I’ll ask the Patriots if they can give me a No. 11 jersey with my name on the back, just like Edelman. That’d be nice.’’


The Patriots did just that, sharing a photo on social media on Wednesday of Edelman holding up a No. 11 Patriots jersey with Irving’s name on the back.

Edelman, who generally attends a few Celtics games each year, trained at the Celtics’ new practice facility during his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.


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