New England Patriots' Julian Edelman shares fun video of his vacation in Israel
Watch the NFL star sail, skateboard and party his way through Tel Aviv.
Julian Edelman has played in four Super Bowls and was even named the MVP of one of them. His teammate and close friend, quarterback Tom Brady, recently called Edelman "one of the greats in the NFL." But as fans of Edelman's YouTube channel know, there's a lot more to the 33-year-old wide receiver than just football.
Every Wednesday, Edelman releases a new web video, allowing a glimpse into the athlete's interests off the field. In one, he reviews Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" movie. In another, he goes to work at a Dunkin' Donuts. In his latest video, posted this week, Edelman shared a highlight reel from a trip he took to Israel. The four-minute clip shows him biking, rappelling, skateboarding, sailing, off-roading and dancing his way through Tel Aviv.
The video is the latest installment of "Carve," a series of videos on Edelman's YouTube channel where he visits different cities around the world.
Edelman's New England Patriots have a particularly strong following in Israel. Team owner Robert Kraft has diligently worked to popularize the sport there. He built the Kraft Family Sports Complex in Jerusalem, a 25-acre facility that is home to three football fields and hosts an American-style football league. There are 1,350 active football players in Israel with a semi-professional tackle league and dozens of high school teams. In 2017, Yaniv Kovalski became the first Israeli-born football player to earn a college scholarship in America.
Kraft, the 78-year-old businessman from Boston, has also organized several trips for NFL players to visit Israel. 19 Hall of Famers – including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown – visited in 2017, while another seven players arrived last year.
As for Edelman, he plans on returning to Tel Aviv soon. "The people are awesome," Edelman said of the coastal Mediterranean city. "I fell in love with the people of Israel."
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