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Relentless: A Memoir PDF, ePub eBook NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Bill Belichick: "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals." Tom Brady: "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian." The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog k NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Bill Belichick: "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals." Tom Brady: "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian." The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL. When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady-or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong. Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school where he went from a 4'10", 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone's expectations. Everyone's expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness. When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the 5'10" college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he'd never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games. Relentless is the story of Edelman's rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growing up with a father who was as demanding as any NFL coach, his near-constant fight to keep his intensity and competitiveness in check in high school and college, and his celebrated nine seasons with the Patriots. Julian shares insights into his relationships and rivalries, and his friendships with teammates such as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Matt Slater, and Randy Moss. Finally, he reveals the story behind "the catch" and life on the inside of a team for the ages. Inspiring, honest, and unapologetic, Relentless proves that the heart of a champion can never be measured.

30 review for Relentless: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terry Enright

    If you're a Patriots/Edelman fan then this is easy, just read the damn book, you'll like it. As for those who don't fall into one of those categories then you'll probably enjoy learning how a kid who was 5'5" weighing less than 100 LBS entering High School ended up in the NFL with a couple of Super Bowl rings (so far). You get an inside look at the NFL, and the relationships he has with some of his teammates and Coaches, but more importantly you get an inside look at what drives one of the most If you're a Patriots/Edelman fan then this is easy, just read the damn book, you'll like it. As for those who don't fall into one of those categories then you'll probably enjoy learning how a kid who was 5'5" weighing less than 100 LBS entering High School ended up in the NFL with a couple of Super Bowl rings (so far). You get an inside look at the NFL, and the relationships he has with some of his teammates and Coaches, but more importantly you get an inside look at what drives one of the most intense players in the NFL.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    Fitting that this would be my 100th book of the year. It really was so good! I usually struggle with biographies/memoirs but this was fascinating. I learned a lot about my husband and the Patriots.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    3.5*'s Really interesting way to grow up. The rest you probably need to be a Pats fan to enjoy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Kozinski

    For Patriots Fans Nothing earth shattering or particularly enlightening in the text, but it was still a fun read for this die hard New England Patriots fan. Probably safe to say that unless you are totally into the Patriots that the book will not speak to you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Willwerth

    Being a big fan of Edelman, I loved his book. This book took me through Edelman's life and gave an insight into his feelings along the way because he wrote. His journey from pop warner youth football to playing for the NFL took twists and turns and gave the book its excitement and intrigue. My favorite part was when Edelman wrote about his daughter being born. The book gave insight into the real world which was enlightening as many of the books I've read this year have been fiction. I would reco Being a big fan of Edelman, I loved his book. This book took me through Edelman's life and gave an insight into his feelings along the way because he wrote. His journey from pop warner youth football to playing for the NFL took twists and turns and gave the book its excitement and intrigue. My favorite part was when Edelman wrote about his daughter being born. The book gave insight into the real world which was enlightening as many of the books I've read this year have been fiction. I would recommend this book to any Patriot's fan or Edelman fan!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Relentless, was probably one of the best books I have ever read. The book is an autobiography written by Julian Edelman. He recounts his life, and the obstacles he faced in becoming a professional football player. I am a huge New England Patriots fan, and Julian Edelman is my favorite player. However, even if you hate this patriots I believe this an exceptional book to read. This book, was very inspiring. Throughout the book, Edelman conveys the message of perseverance and that with work, your Relentless, was probably one of the best books I have ever read. The book is an autobiography written by Julian Edelman. He recounts his life, and the obstacles he faced in becoming a professional football player. I am a huge New England Patriots fan, and Julian Edelman is my favorite player. However, even if you hate this patriots I believe this an exceptional book to read. This book, was very inspiring. Throughout the book, Edelman conveys the message of perseverance and that with work, your dreams can be achieved. No one ever told him that he was the best, he was told that he could not make the NFL over and over again. If you read this book, I know you will be inspired to never give just like Julian Edelman did. This book is about a true story of what it takes to become a professional football player. I do not really like to read, this book however I could not put down. I think that I smiled at least one hundred times, because it really appealed to my interests. I love football, and I especially love the New England Patriots. If you are a football fan, I definitely recommend reading this book to get an insight on the life of a real professional football player. I liked everything about this book, I recall myself reading at times, when I would usually be on my phone. This book is a definite read for all football fans, and definitely New England Patriots fans! This books is now one of my all time favorites, and I could definitely see myself reading this book for a second time. Until I read this book, I did not understand the true work ethic football players have. I dream to work as hard as Julian Edelman, and I DEFINETELY recommend reading this book, I hope you will be as inspired as I was!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adis Kantarevic

    Julian Edelman's story starts when he was a child. Throughout his childhood his tough love relationship with his father molded him to be prepared for the challenges he would face later on in his life and career. He played nearly every sport and was very competitive. He played very well as a kid where his speed and maneuverability were his strengths and he excelled with a football in his hands. However, entering high school he was about 4'10" and his speed could only take him so far before the di Julian Edelman's story starts when he was a child. Throughout his childhood his tough love relationship with his father molded him to be prepared for the challenges he would face later on in his life and career. He played nearly every sport and was very competitive. He played very well as a kid where his speed and maneuverability were his strengths and he excelled with a football in his hands. However, entering high school he was about 4'10" and his speed could only take him so far before the difference in size played too big of a role the older he got. It was hard on him, but he persevered and finally grew a whole foot. Still, 5'10" isn't exactly the 6'4" quarterback that colleges were looking for and Julian ended up not being invited to the combine. This was one of the many hurdles he faced getting on his way to being a 2 time Superbowl champion with the New England Patriots. His hard-work and determination is something that everyone can learn from, and continues to show whether he's in the slot or throwing touchdown passes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Insightful and enjoyable! My only strong wish is that the author who read for audible.com would have doublechecked the pronunciation of players’ names. Coming across a miss pronounced was off and distracting and “took away” from things for a moment or two each time. Thanks for sharing yourself with us Julian!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Willi

    Theme: Never give up and never stop trying to do better, Julian represents this by his willing to keep going after hard setbacks and his lack of size.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Honest, brave, and immensely entertaining. I'd expect nothing less than that from an NFL player who embodies all of the above.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deon Bent

    Julian's story was very poignant from start to finish. You tend to think you know someone's story, but this showed all the perseverance & heart that he had in addition to everything he overcame. Reading through his seasons with the Patriots as well as his perspective during Super Bowls, his personal life & his time trying to fit in was eye opening. I loved the memories of training he had with his father and how he always strived to become better. That is truly, Relentless!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary Tonks

    Tom E. Curran does an excellent job with his first "as told to" book. I really felt like I was listening to Julian telling me his story in person up until now. What a fighter Jules is!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Admittedly, I am a big Patriots fan and Julian Edelman is my favorite current player. So this book was chosen as a guilty pleasure read for me. That being said, if you're a football fan or a fan of the underdog you might enjoy this book. I've always loved Edelman's tenacity and heart. And I knew he was a quarterback until he considered entering the NFL draft. But reading about his childhood, his love of football, and his determination through everything gave me a better understanding of him and h Admittedly, I am a big Patriots fan and Julian Edelman is my favorite current player. So this book was chosen as a guilty pleasure read for me. That being said, if you're a football fan or a fan of the underdog you might enjoy this book. I've always loved Edelman's tenacity and heart. And I knew he was a quarterback until he considered entering the NFL draft. But reading about his childhood, his love of football, and his determination through everything gave me a better understanding of him and his scrappy ways. I might love him and appreciate him more. You've gotta believe!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I would rate this 4 stars. In his new book, Relentless, Julian Edelman shows how no challenge is insurmountable. The current New England wide receiver has never quit and has stayed relentless pursuing his goals. At a height of 5’9” and 150 pounds going into his senior year, many thought he would not make it past the high school level. However, Edelman went on to be a two-time Super Bowl champion and has more exceptional seasons ahead of him. Despite missing this whole season due to a torn ACL, t I would rate this 4 stars. In his new book, Relentless, Julian Edelman shows how no challenge is insurmountable. The current New England wide receiver has never quit and has stayed relentless pursuing his goals. At a height of 5’9” and 150 pounds going into his senior year, many thought he would not make it past the high school level. However, Edelman went on to be a two-time Super Bowl champion and has more exceptional seasons ahead of him. Despite missing this whole season due to a torn ACL, those who have read this memoir know he will be back even stronger for next season. Throughout the book, he stresses that size doesn’t hold you back in life. In my opinion, though, the main idea is that the way to achieve your goal is through hustle and heart. Time after time Edelman heard, “No. We don’t want you,” but every time he got put down he worked twice as hard to get back up, on and off the field. After reading this memoir, you will know that if you put your heart into what you are doing, you will be relentless, and you will achieve your goal. After reading this memoir you will learn that the word “heart” means more than just trying hard or setting goals, but that heart represents a mindset where you fully devote yourself to success. Growing up in Redwood City, California, the Edelman family was accustomed to hard work. His father, Frank, displayed the work ethic he would instill in Edelman. Amendola (fellow Patriots wide receiver) told the Patriots’ media, “Julian is constantly crediting his dad for helping him become the football player that he is today” (Palma). Julian appreciates all the wild drills his dad put him through and will not have that go unappreciated or noticed. Edelman still talks about the drills which would prepare him for his future NFL coach, “He would tape one arm behind my back or he’d make me use one arm, and he’d have my sister or my buddy Kurt throw little tennis balls at my face while he would get to the top of a press box at our high school. He would punt the balls from there because he couldn’t get them high enough while standing on the ground and I’d have to catch them” (Yang). As Edelman progressed to high school he still was not a standout player. His junior year ended early again with an injury and he would have to fight for his starting spot the following year. Of course, Julian worked even harder leading up to the season and earned the starting spot. That season his team went 13-0 and he was chosen player of the year. However, because of his size, Edelman still did not attract enough coach’s attention and decided to go to junior college. There, he beat out his competition and became the player of the year again. After that season, many division one coaches wanted him to come to their school after another year of junior college. He got only one division one offer from Kent State and accepted it. Following a few good seasons, some NFL coaches wanted to see Edelman workout for them. During this time period, Edelman worked out every second of every day and ate perfectly. Despite being impressive, Oakland’s coach said, “Talented, but he is just too slow and too small” (Edelman). Surprising, the New England Patriots drafted him in the seventh round. Each season Edelman had to work his butt off to find a way to get on the field and to stay on the team. Eventually, he became the go-to wide receiver and established himself as an unstoppable force. Edelman won two Super Bowls and was a crucial piece in both of those seasons. Relentless gives many reasons why no one needs to believe in you except yourself. At times, Edelman thought he could be cut the next day, so he headed back to work with his dad in the car shop. Julian says, “Charlie Frye would joke with me and say, ‘Come on Edelman, no mayonnaise or soda you can’t even have that?’” (Edelman). The little things that most people ignore are the things that Julian would stay true to on a daily basis. He would create a schedule and stay true to it. The process of greatness was what mattered to Julian since he was not naturally talented. Throughout the book, Julian really stressed his process. “On Super Bowl Sunday I was up by six a.m. Bobby Cole, who took over for JJ as equipment assistant and my personal tennis ball-drill coordinator, needed to be at the stadium by seven thirty, so he and I went to the hotel parking garage and ran through my workout” (Edelman). I think Edelman does a good job of showing that just because the atmosphere of the game changes, the actual game does not change. Football is football and his warmup is the same whether it is Super Bowl Sunday or freshman year on Friday night. “During the season, I don’t spend much time with them, and sometimes I can be an asshole because I’m so focused on what I have to do. It goes back to balance, how I feel I can’t have it if I want to do well.” (Edelman). I believe you truly achieve a new level once you are willing to cut off your family in order to be successful. A ton of people would disagree with these methods, but at the same time, a ton of people never come close to their dreams. Edelman’s book is so good because it’s simple, honest, and very passionate. He never makes himself seem very special or above anyone. Simply, he states how he does the right thing and is relentless in his work ethic. Too often, kids think that they need basic God-given gifts such as size or a personal trainer, but Edelman disproves them and makes it seem like anyone can do anything they want. The straightforward theme and simple syntax make it so that anyone can read his book and relate. If you fully devote yourself and put your heart and head into your motives, you will be successful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    A quick, fun read. I enjoyed the second half of Edelman's story more than the first because it focused on his firsthand experience working and playing for the New England Patriots organization. Some interesting facts that I learned about Edelman included his favorite player growing up was Doug Flutie and he used to date Jerry Rice's daughter, Jacqui. "I was afraid to go in the house, though, because that would mean running into her dad, who was none other than Jerry Rice. He was a god to me." (65) S A quick, fun read. I enjoyed the second half of Edelman's story more than the first because it focused on his firsthand experience working and playing for the New England Patriots organization. Some interesting facts that I learned about Edelman included his favorite player growing up was Doug Flutie and he used to date Jerry Rice's daughter, Jacqui. "I was afraid to go in the house, though, because that would mean running into her dad, who was none other than Jerry Rice. He was a god to me." (65) Signing with the same agent as Tom Brady, Don Yee, proved to pay off big time in the long run, even though it took a few seasons to gain the trust and respect as one of Tommy's guys. NFL Receiver Charlie Frye was a tremendous influence and personal supporter when it came to Julian converting into a wide receiver and learning how to run routes before he was drafted by the Pats. Matthew Slater's influence on Edelman as a teammate proves just how valuable he is as a Patriot and Special Teams captain. "After the injury, I thank God I had Slater around me. Slates has been a big part of my NFL success and my growth as a man as anyone. He is a positive guy, true at heart, and so giving. He's a devout Christian, and when he's praying for you, it's not just words. You know he's actively speaking to his higher power on your behalf." (161) There are some serious laugh out loud moments about Coach Belichick, Randy Moss, and Tim Tebow. Edelman also offers some honest personal insight about Aaron Hernandez as well as "Deflategate." "The only reason we were different from any other team is because we won consistently. Period." (197) According to Edelman, "No matter what field you're in, work ethic matters most." (218) Like Ben Carson, Julian Edelman also killed a bird with a BB gun as a kid. However, he didn't begin to really explore or discover his religious faiths until the end of his story. "We began to form a friendship, and he introduced me to Rabbi Yossi in Los Angeles, who I pray with every Friday during the season by phone." (256) Lastly, I'm curious if Jules has finished his degree yet: "I could have stopped going to classes but at the time, I was going to be the first Edelman to graduate (my sister, Nicki, beat me to it). It was important to Mom and Dad and it's still important to me. I only have two classes left to take but I need to hunker down and finish." (101) Perhaps he and David Price could start a new club.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Let's begin with me looking up the definition of relentless: "oppressively constant; incessant( "continuing without pause or interruption")." Appropriate title is appropriate. Just when you think you know football you read a Memoir by a player you know little to nothing about and are left feeling like you also know little to nothing about football. Whereas he lives and breathes the sport you are a casual fan. Discovering his work ethic and never give up attitude and basically an eff the haters a Let's begin with me looking up the definition of relentless: "oppressively constant; incessant( "continuing without pause or interruption")." Appropriate title is appropriate. Just when you think you know football you read a Memoir by a player you know little to nothing about and are left feeling like you also know little to nothing about football. Whereas he lives and breathes the sport you are a casual fan. Discovering his work ethic and never give up attitude and basically an eff the haters approach to everything, Julian did what it took to not only make it to the NFL, but make it under the wings of Bill Belichik and Tom Brady. Reading a book about a Patriot, as a Giants fan was interesting. I put my allegiance aside and just took in all that Julian had to say. I even squee'd at the what might have been finding out he did indeed talk to the Giants seriously when his contract with the Pats was up; but he knew in his heart he was born and bred to be a Patriot and that Boston was his city even if he came from California like his bff; Tom Brady. Not only did I get a good perspective of Julian in this book I got impressions of his Father, Brother, Sister, and fellow players like Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski. Even a small hindsight of the human disaster that was Aaron Hernandez- little did I know he could play football. Julian makes him sound like a likable person, but having the hand up on history and real life- such an unfortunate ending for him. And I will also admit, Julian is one hell of a storyteller. I was gripped on his every word. I even took a pen to the book (I can hear people cringing to this fact) and underlined quotes and things I wished to go back through and look at again. I know you need to be a special kind of person to read a book like this, but if a diehard Giants fan like me can read this, and like and appreciate the guy- anyone can. The moral of his entire story I pretty much pictured the Little Engine that Could. He thought he could and he did, no matter what his size and the obstacles and naysayers in his way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    nick

    LETS GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAAALL or is that not said anymore, I haven't followed Broncos (yes Denver not Pats) since y2k. THIS WAS FANTASTIC I could barely sleep because I wanted to finish this. my second favorite biography thus far! it was interesting, funny, cute, an influential of course. narrator switch or referring to person, was confusing every once in a while. fangirling! and well hello there sailor! hes apparently born in 86, as I, so its really relatable. for other reasons as well, LETS GET READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAAALL or is that not said anymore, I haven't followed Broncos (yes Denver not Pats) since y2k. THIS WAS FANTASTIC I could barely sleep because I wanted to finish this. my second favorite biography thus far! it was interesting, funny, cute, an influential of course. narrator switch or referring to person, was confusing every once in a while. fangirling! and well hello there sailor! hes apparently born in 86, as I, so its really relatable. for other reasons as well, (not spoiler) ow hi me, except one part of his personality & flip 2 people in his life around & different adversitys. in life, if I care, telling me not to do something because you don't believe in me or think another choice is better, everyone assuming your different then who you are, ow ha that's going to make me run at it, to prove I can or know I can or find a way. funny, I was offered a career in the same city but it fell threw the exact same time that he arrived & a career in the state hes from or was about to leave, at the exact same time, but I didn't take it. my dream wsa to be a successful starving artist an i accomplished it. doesnt sound like much to everyone else but it is to me, being half deaf & blind, dyslexic, spacey vegetable, death, anxiety, panic, ptsd, an just pain, mostly left for dead out of other peopoles stupidity an fear an dont bother helping me fill in the gapes that i missed unknowingly, so doing things the hard way means something to me. i never got sympathy, this is back when you hide all that, not these days where you can scream it proud, your body just burst out of the ashes you didnt even know where there onto another happy level. my second dream, paleozoologist, is a go big or go home, cant regret that you tried an still, smart artists always have a plan b. dealing with depression these past few years, what, i have to prove my friendship loyalty to men, until a good person finally smashed me in the face saying no you beautiful tomboy your out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Leonti

    I first heard about Relentless when my grandma was watching the news and heard my favorite football player wrote a book and she recommended to me. It sounded very interesting since he is my favorite player, so I took her advice and went ahead and started reading. It started off as him when he was in little league and always has been small and I connected a lot with it because I was and still am a smaller football player and I liked this book so much because I can also connect with it in other wa I first heard about Relentless when my grandma was watching the news and heard my favorite football player wrote a book and she recommended to me. It sounded very interesting since he is my favorite player, so I took her advice and went ahead and started reading. It started off as him when he was in little league and always has been small and I connected a lot with it because I was and still am a smaller football player and I liked this book so much because I can also connect with it in other ways not just from football, but even his family life. Dad was always hard on him in his sports because he knew he could do good, nothing stopped him though, size, family problems, football was where he could always get away and do his thing. When he hit high school, he finally hit a growth spurt and his team started going strong. Being a quarterback at only 5'9 in high school, the job was not easy but they still did it all together. Kent state gave him a shot after high school which gave him a lot of experience to help him get into the NFL and also where he is today. He is now one of the most dominant slot receivers on the New England Patriots, this whole book never felt to disappoint me since it was always a new journey and different turning points. One book I can compare this too the Lord of the Rings but not the whole book, just the journey of Froto. He was a hobbit which made him small, everyone always doubted him, but it did not matter he was set on a goal and nothing would get in his way until the goal was reached. Same thing with this book, no matter what people said about Julian he knew what he wanted to do and just kept working. I would recommend this book to just about anyone, no real age group required. Very good book, I would read it again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sai Pavan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was introduced to American Football in 2015, of the players who caught my attention Julian Edelman is right at the top. Not because of any stats but the quality of football he plays as a wide receiver though he played as a Quarterback in College. For a guy who played in defensive teams and as a running back before stepping into the role of Quarterback in high school, ending up as the one of the top three best wide receivers in NFL playoffs history is a huge achievement for someone who didn't s I was introduced to American Football in 2015, of the players who caught my attention Julian Edelman is right at the top. Not because of any stats but the quality of football he plays as a wide receiver though he played as a Quarterback in College. For a guy who played in defensive teams and as a running back before stepping into the role of Quarterback in high school, ending up as the one of the top three best wide receivers in NFL playoffs history is a huge achievement for someone who didn't start their in the wide receiver position. His MVP performance in SuperBowl LIII shows where he had reached in NFL, while playing for mostly in special teams in his first four years. The book is goes through the life journey of Edelman, providing deep insights into his relationship wiht father, career lows & highs, and the unexpected twists in his career. Julian discusses about his 'do you job' attitude right through out book. Instances of his conversations and workouts with his father makes him both mentally and physically prepared for the world. Julian also describes his relationship with his family, patriots teammates, his agents, and coaches; the way each of them stood with him through his bad times. Julian details his relationships with Matt Slater, Danny Amendola, Wes Walker, and Tom Brady. How each one of them improved each other. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who just wants to improve one self everyday. The book is all about discipline, persistence, and RELENTLESSness.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liang Gang Yu

    I enjoyed listening to the audio book "Relentless: A Memoir" by Julian Edelman on daily commute. So did the little riders, my children. Being a fan for Seahawks, I first noticed Julian after watching his performance at Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 representing New England competing with Seahawks. Then, I heard he had interesting story growing from a college football quarterback into a successful wide receiver in NFL championship team. When I ran into this audio book in 2018, I picked it up with moder I enjoyed listening to the audio book "Relentless: A Memoir" by Julian Edelman on daily commute. So did the little riders, my children. Being a fan for Seahawks, I first noticed Julian after watching his performance at Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 representing New England competing with Seahawks. Then, I heard he had interesting story growing from a college football quarterback into a successful wide receiver in NFL championship team. When I ran into this audio book in 2018, I picked it up with moderate curiosity. I typically try out first a few chapter of a book, then decide whether returning the book to library if it is not good or finishing the book if otherwise. I finished the book after I started it, and it was a good read. The book covers Julian's demanding upbringing, his successful yet not stellar football career in college, his journey from 7 round draft without clear position to a super successful NFL wide receiver. Julian's give-it-all working ethic, grit, and unpretentious attitude towards life in general are priceless and motivational. My children were impressed hearing the clip on eating discipline, where Julian's cheat meal was dressing on salad. It takes more than talent and just some hard work to compete at NFL level, or top professional level in many fields. Overall, the book tells an inspiring story of Julian Edelman, that you don't have to be Patriot fan to enjoy and appreciate the message. It is a good summer pass-time for teens and adults. Be care of mild profanity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    William Barney

    “Relentless” by Julian Edelman is an interesting biography about the well-known Patriots football player. The things he went through in his early childhood and how his father pushed him to be a great player and to build endurance and resilience was tough. Edelman’s writing is in his own voice and I couldn’t help but laugh when Edelman would shrug off the dramatic moments, fights and trash talk he experienced growing up till the present day. His attitude is all “whatever, I have a game to win”. I “Relentless” by Julian Edelman is an interesting biography about the well-known Patriots football player. The things he went through in his early childhood and how his father pushed him to be a great player and to build endurance and resilience was tough. Edelman’s writing is in his own voice and I couldn’t help but laugh when Edelman would shrug off the dramatic moments, fights and trash talk he experienced growing up till the present day. His attitude is all “whatever, I have a game to win”. I can tell nothing will bring this guy down. His passion for the sport is second to none. The book oozes with intensity, play-by-play and stats. It was good to see his trajectory increasing over time and the methods he used, both physical and mental, to build himself up and win games. I’m not a huge football fan, but Edelman made me see the importance of his craft. It was also interesting to learn about his relationship with his fellow teammates especially with Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (deceased). I was glad to read his thoughts about having a child out of wedlock and how he dealt with it. Edelman loves his daughter and will do anything to support her. If it’s one message I learned about Edelman is You Gotta Believe!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Hernandez

    If you are a Patriots fan and a Julian Edelman fan, this book is a should read. If neither one of those fits your interests then read it for the story. Julian talks about how he went from being to small to play football to becoming a professional football player in the NFL. One of the major themes in the book is never giving up. He describes how he always worked hard to get where he was and with all the setbacks he had whether it was because he was too small or the injuries he sustained througho If you are a Patriots fan and a Julian Edelman fan, this book is a should read. If neither one of those fits your interests then read it for the story. Julian talks about how he went from being to small to play football to becoming a professional football player in the NFL. One of the major themes in the book is never giving up. He describes how he always worked hard to get where he was and with all the setbacks he had whether it was because he was too small or the injuries he sustained throughout his career he never stopped. Julian was able to make one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history so I am thankful for that. I think he wrote this book to give motivation to those who read it. One of the many quotes he has said in the book and also his most famous is "You Gotta Believe". He says this to show hope. He worked hard to get there and if you believe there will be rewards. Just like Super Bowl LI which is the game he said that quote.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    It's decent. I didn't expect Shakespeare and that certainly isn't what this is. It's interesting to read about his daily routine and habits and how just how hard pro athletes (on as competitive a team as the Patriots) actually work year round. I think it's easy to think "Hey, I wanna be a famous athlete, how hard can it be?" but honestly, there's a reason why most people never get to that level. Few people are willing to make the personal sacrifices it takes. This book definitely explains why Ed It's decent. I didn't expect Shakespeare and that certainly isn't what this is. It's interesting to read about his daily routine and habits and how just how hard pro athletes (on as competitive a team as the Patriots) actually work year round. I think it's easy to think "Hey, I wanna be a famous athlete, how hard can it be?" but honestly, there's a reason why most people never get to that level. Few people are willing to make the personal sacrifices it takes. This book definitely explains why Edelman is where he is today. I'd have rated it a little higher except there are (in my opinion) too many instances where he's just name dropping other players (with qualifications like so-and-so "is just a beast!" or "I love that guy!") that aren't really particularly insightful. He also just gives the play by play of a whole bunch of games with painstakingly unnecessary detail. I could have done with less of that too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ian Allan

    I have seen Edelman catch plenty of passes in big games over the years, and I was aware he was a quarterback at Kent State, but it was interesting to hear the backstory. Edelman was really small (95 pounds entering high school), and had to rely on his quickness, toughness, smarts and over-the-top work ethic to claw his way into the league. Carved out a role at a junior college, then took a scholarship offer from Kent State -- I enjoyed the chapters explaining how he tried to elevate that losing p I have seen Edelman catch plenty of passes in big games over the years, and I was aware he was a quarterback at Kent State, but it was interesting to hear the backstory. Edelman was really small (95 pounds entering high school), and had to rely on his quickness, toughness, smarts and over-the-top work ethic to claw his way into the league. Carved out a role at a junior college, then took a scholarship offer from Kent State -- I enjoyed the chapters explaining how he tried to elevate that losing program Hung out with Jerry Rice's daughter when they were in school, which was cool. His overly competitive dad is a key figure. Book was put together with Tom Curran (the top Patriots beat writer) so everything is professional.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I'm usually a slow reader, like a book a month if that kind of slow. I read this book in less than a week. I was so sad when it was finished. I love learning about the upbringings of my favorite sports stars and how they got to where they are today. The great thing about this book is it's educational too, he doesn't just tell you a play that they played or the defense played against him he goes in to detail about what that means and what it looks like on the field. If you're a sports fan, footba I'm usually a slow reader, like a book a month if that kind of slow. I read this book in less than a week. I was so sad when it was finished. I love learning about the upbringings of my favorite sports stars and how they got to where they are today. The great thing about this book is it's educational too, he doesn't just tell you a play that they played or the defense played against him he goes in to detail about what that means and what it looks like on the field. If you're a sports fan, football fan, Patriots fan or just want a really good book that will educate and give you a behind the scenes look in to an NFL player's life then this is the perfect book for you. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie McKnight

    Patriots fans will want to read this one. Julian Edelman is one of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL and has quite a story to tell. It was insightful into his life and where he came from, telling about his upbringing and home life. It laid out Julian’s background and how his tireless work ethic was inspired by his father and his ability to always believe in himself. It was inspiring and emotional and I’d definitely recommend it to all Pats fans, and even Pats haters. (Don’t hate us ‘cause y Patriots fans will want to read this one. Julian Edelman is one of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL and has quite a story to tell. It was insightful into his life and where he came from, telling about his upbringing and home life. It laid out Julian’s background and how his tireless work ethic was inspired by his father and his ability to always believe in himself. It was inspiring and emotional and I’d definitely recommend it to all Pats fans, and even Pats haters. (Don’t hate us ‘cause you ain’t us!). There’s some insight into the Patriots feelings on various controversies over the years, and it shows how certain games were from a player’s perspective, which is always interesting for a football fan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I am not a huge patriots fan as a matter of fact I can not stand them. However, I am a huge fan of people fighting against all odds and proving people wrong to achieve their goals. Julian Edelman reveals in his book Relentless that through life he was always trying to impress others in all he did. When he told his friends and family that he was going to try out for the Patriots people were very skeptical but his hard work and relentless behavior not only got him a spot on the team but he became I am not a huge patriots fan as a matter of fact I can not stand them. However, I am a huge fan of people fighting against all odds and proving people wrong to achieve their goals. Julian Edelman reveals in his book Relentless that through life he was always trying to impress others in all he did. When he told his friends and family that he was going to try out for the Patriots people were very skeptical but his hard work and relentless behavior not only got him a spot on the team but he became Tom Brady's leading receiver. By all means any sports book and/or biography that reflects on overcoming adversity is a great read even though he is a Patriot! 5 Stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Grey

    As a Patriot fan since 1960, I enjoyed this book. Gives a bit of background on Edelman’s development and family background. Never really goes into any details on his Pats career - he mentions but really just glances over the time he was arrested and having a child with a woman that he hardly knows! The book was written before he missed the 2017 season and the four game suspension for PED! Interesting at the very end he throws in a very short mention of researching his Jewish background! Good boo As a Patriot fan since 1960, I enjoyed this book. Gives a bit of background on Edelman’s development and family background. Never really goes into any details on his Pats career - he mentions but really just glances over the time he was arrested and having a child with a woman that he hardly knows! The book was written before he missed the 2017 season and the four game suspension for PED! Interesting at the very end he throws in a very short mention of researching his Jewish background! Good book for true Pats fans and of course from the local public library!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paul Preston

    This is a must read if you just can’t get enough of the New England Patriots. I am 5’9” and was always amazed how the smaller guys make it in professional sports. Julian’s story shows how he grew up and how he wasn’t even sure it was possible to play beyond high school. Relentless tells you how Jules grew up, how he got his drive and his work ethic. It shows a career filled with injury and worry and the struggles to stay healthy and do whatever it takes to stay on a team when your position alway This is a must read if you just can’t get enough of the New England Patriots. I am 5’9” and was always amazed how the smaller guys make it in professional sports. Julian’s story shows how he grew up and how he wasn’t even sure it was possible to play beyond high school. Relentless tells you how Jules grew up, how he got his drive and his work ethic. It shows a career filled with injury and worry and the struggles to stay healthy and do whatever it takes to stay on a team when your position always seems in jeopardy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jacob L

    This book is a way of life. Julian Edelman explains journey he took on when making the National Football League. Julian’s path of making it to the NFL was very hard, his traits of himself made it super hard. When Julian was in high school he was only 4’10” and 95 pounds. Everyone that played football with Julian doubted him because of his size, the only people that believed in Julian were his parents. Julian’s parents helped Julian be the person he is with his talents and life skills. Julian’s p This book is a way of life. Julian Edelman explains journey he took on when making the National Football League. Julian’s path of making it to the NFL was very hard, his traits of himself made it super hard. When Julian was in high school he was only 4’10” and 95 pounds. Everyone that played football with Julian doubted him because of his size, the only people that believed in Julian were his parents. Julian’s parents helped Julian be the person he is with his talents and life skills. Julian’s parents never gave up on him and that made Julian’s trip to the NFL ten times easier.

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