Bill Belichick clarifies that he has ‘a ton of respect for plumbers’ after Julian Edelman’s anecdote

"I think Julian might have misquoted me."

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Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman and head coach Bill Belichick wait for the start of a news conference. –AP Photo/Morry Gash

In New England, Bill Belichick surely doesn’t have trouble finding someone to fix a leak. However, Julian Edelman might have put that status in doubt with a story he told at the Super Bowl MVP press conference Monday, so the Patriots head coach set the record straight.

Edelman rhapsodized about Tom Brady’s tireless work ethic then did the same for Belichick, telling a tale from his first year in the NFL and even mimicking his coach’s delivery.

“I remember going in and seeing coach — I don’t know if he remembers this — but I was a rookie and it was like 11 o’clock at night,” Edelman said. “By the grace of God, we were walking out at the same time. I probably had said three words to him at the time before that. I was on the team for like six months.


“I just looked at him because I saw him on the treadmill, watching film at 10 o’clock at night. I go, ‘Coach, you sure like football, huh?’ He goes, ‘It beats being a plumber. See you tomorrow.’”

Edelman smiled at the memory.

“When you’re seeing that — at the time, he was a three-time Super Bowl winning coach, head coach, and two-time winning assistant coach — you see guys do that, I mean it’s going to rub off,” he said. “If it doesn’t, you’re probably not going to be there.”

After Edelman finished answering questions, Belichick stepped to the podium.

“First of all, I think Julian might have misquoted me,” Belichick said. “I mean, I have a ton of respect for plumbers. I can barely really turn the water on myself. Those people do a great job. I think I said it beats working.”

While he was on the topic of workers who do a great job, the head coach showered Edelman with praise for his performance (10 catches for 141 yards) in the Patriots’ victory.

“Certainly, Julian epitomizes the work ethic, toughness — mental toughness, physical toughness — determination, will, and I would say just extraordinary ability to perform under pressure,” Belichick said.

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