• Quintarius Washington

Edelman wins Superbowl LIII MVP honors

In a season that opened with a four-game suspension, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman closed a championship run as the MVP of Super Bowl LIII.

The first four games of the 2018 regular season were missed due to a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Of note, each of the Patriots' past two Super Bowl MVPs was suspended for the first four games of that season. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received a four-game ban in 2016 for his role in the "Deflate-gate" scandal before earning Super Bowl LI MVP honors.

Edelman finished Superbowl LIII with 10 catches for 141 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Edelman was the consistent go-to guy on offense. Edelman is the seventh wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors and the first wide receiver since Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl XLIII to win Superbowl Bowl MVP.

Patriots quarterback and six time Superbowl champion, Tom Brady, had to say this about Edelman: "He's a fighter. I'm just so proud of him. He's been an incredible player for this team.He's been an incredible player for this team in the playoffs, and he just cemented himself, again, in the history of the NFL for what his accomplishments are."

In the first half of Superbowl LIII, Edelman had seven receptions for 93 yards. In the second half, he tallied three receptions for 48 yards.

Edelman is 248th all time in receiving yards (5,390) and 148th all time in catches (499).

Jerry Rice is the only receiver in NFL history with more postseason yards than Edelman.