Pa­triot at Home

Ju­lian Edel­man, Su­per Bowl-win­ning wide re­ceiver, on how he re­laxes when he’s not in the game

Bloomberg Pursuits - - Seek — Downtime - Pho­to­graphs ERIC RAY DAVID­SON

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.

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