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Emotional Julian Edelman Fights Back Tears Talking About His Father

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As you might imagine, it was an emotional night for a lot of people after the Patriots last-second Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium.

And no one was more emotional than tough-as-nails wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had a touchdown catch to go along with nine receptions and 109 yards on the night.

During his postgame presser, Edelman got to talking about faith and family. When the subject turned to his father, Edelman could not hide his emotions.

“Your family is kind of the only thing you have in this world," Edelman said. "Your friends, your really close friends, they’re with you whether the times are good, the times are bad. They’ve helped you grow to the person you are.

"Being at the organization we’re at, you see how close Mr. Kraft is with his family and how they are. You see the Belichick boys with Coach all the time. Our teammates are our families, as well. We see them more than we see our families. Right now my life, it’s all about my family and football, so I guess that’s what it means to me.”

Things got a little dusty in the media center when Edelman talked about how it feels to celebrate this victory with his dad.

“It was unbelievable," he said. "My dad, he’s had my back since day one. He’s pushed me to heights that I thought I never could get to. My dad was just a little trailer trash white dude that worked his tail off, didn’t have a dad. He started at working at 14, didn’t get to play sports. He dedicated his life to his kids to let us live our dreams. I love my dad.”

As emotional as he was, Edelman found the focus to take a well-placed shot at one of the Patriots many early-season critics when he spoke about the mental toughness of this team.

“It’s crazy to see," he said. "I was on the team last year. You come back from a deficit, in that Denver game, you’ve got a few key components this year. We still had that group. Those guys bought into the system. They bought into that mental toughness. You go in, and we’re getting our teeth kicked in by Kansas City. You lose that game, and we come back, we win some guys, and now we’re Super Bowl champs.

"What did [former NFL quarterback and current ESPN football analyst)] Trent Dilfer say? The Patriots are the worst team? They can’t win? It’s unbelievable to hear that man say that. It’s embarrassing for him.”

Dilfer famously took a shot at the New England after the horrific Week 4 loss at Kansas City, saying the Patriots were "not good anymore."

Dilfer responded to Edelman on Twitter after hearing of the comments.

Edelman also addressed the question of Tom Brady's legacy, now that the Patriots QB has four Super Bowl wins under his belt, tying him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

“Tom the best ever," Edelman said leaving no doubt about his feelings on the subject. "I’m a big Joe Montana fan. I love him to death. I thought he was the best and everything. He won four, he’s undefeated in four, but they didn’t have a salary cap back then. He had some great players around him. He had some great defenses and all that. Tom Brady came out here, he’s been to six Super Bowls. He’s won four with the salary cap. It’s hard to argue against that.”

Edelman was laid out by Seahawks defender Kam Chancellor in the fourth quarter after catching a pass over the middle of the field. He was asked if there should have been a penalty on a hit that many thought to be helmet-to-helmet.

“No. It’s football. It’s a rough game," he said. "You get hit, you get hit. You don’t, you don’t. You’ve just got to try to play on the next play, and that’s what we did."

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