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Morning sports update: Julian Edelman praised ‘legend’ Ernie Adams after retirement announcement

Edelman had a simple characterization of Adams's role with the Patriots.

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Julian Edelman warming up before a Patriots-49ers game in 2020. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

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Julian Edelman praised Ernie Adams: After the Patriots revealed that the 2021 NFL draft would be Ernie Adams’s last — Adams later announced that he is retiring — a n0w-former Patriot weighed in on the longtime assistant’s legacy.

Julian Edelman, who also recently announced his retirement from the NFL, credited Adams as the “guy behind the guy.” Adams, whose job title with New England was officially labeled “director of football research,” was also recently praised by Bill Belichick for helping the Patriots find productive players in the draft over the years.

“Look at all the HOF players Ernie has been a part of drafting over the past 50 years,” wrote Edelman. “It’s insane. Legend.”

Adams, who was seen as a mysterious figure in New England for years, spoke about his background in December. In retirement, as Adams noted, he intends to “stop working and join the many wonderful fans who have been with us for this run.”

Trivia: David Givens, who Ernie Adams is credited with finding for the Patriots in the 2002 draft, had what current NFL head coach as his receivers coach in college at Notre Dame in the 2000 season?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He left Notre Dame to become head coach at Bowling Green.

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