Patriot at Home
Julian Edelman, Super Bowl-winning wide receiver, on how he relaxes when he’s not in the game
THE LIFE OF AN NFL player doesn’t consist of football 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just “20 hours, six days a week,” says Julian Edelman, a New England Patriots wide receiver and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. “You need to get away and enjoy life, so you appreciate what you worked for.”
For Edelman, that means jetting out of Foxborough, Mass., where the team practices and plays during the season, and heading to Los Angeles, where he owns a modern home in West Hollywood. “I’ve lived in almost every neighborhood, so I have friends in different areas. Some in Manhattan Beach, my West Side friends in Venice and Del Rey, friends in Hollywood and Orange County,” he says. “It’s like I get to go back to each area and explore it like a local.”
Edelman’s favorite way to unwind is to go skateboarding, which he’ll often do with teammate Danny Amendola. “We’ll start on Washington Boulevard in Venice, grab a burger at Hinano, then ride down through Santa Monica and just soak up the sun,” he says. “It’s a therapeutic thing.” He skates goofy on a small banana board, though he will occasionally use a long board. Neither is particularly useful for tricks. “If you give me six tries, I can probably land a kick flip,” he says. And no ramps—“I’ve got to save my ankles”—or helmets. He gets enough of that already.
He occasionally cooks at home and claims to make a mean pfannkuchen (“it’s basically a German crepe”) the way his grandmother used to when he was a kid growing up in Redwood City, Calif., outside San Francisco. But his real love is the hamburger, and he’s always on the hunt for the perfect one. “It’s something I’m known for,” he says. “I’ll just go to certain areas and try the burgers there.” His current picks in L. A. are the Apple Pan, Father’s Office, Oaks Gourmet, and, of course, In-N- Out. “I’m a California kid,” he says.