Written By Edward Sutelan
Julian Edelman is counting on seeing a pair of familiar faces in Super Bowl 56.
Edelman shared on his Instagram a video of him calling his parents to say that he bet $100,000 on the Patriots to meet the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl this year. His mom said she didn't care about the cost of the bet, and just said he should share it with her.
His dad was less enthusiastic.
"You put $100 grand on that?" his dad asked. "That was dumb.
"I'll call you back. I'm not mad. I disagree. Bye."
The money is not coming from Edelman's career earnings on the field. Instead, he said earlier on Twitter that he received $100,000 from Wynnbet, an online sportsbook, for promotion. He used all that money instead to bet on a parlay of $50,000 for the Patriots to reach the Super Bowl and $50,000 for the Buccaneers to meet them there.
According to his tweet, that parlay would win him $545,000. Wynnbet listed the Patriots as having +750 odds to make the Super Bowl and the Buccaneers at +340.
It's a matchup that would likely warrant some conflicting feelings from Edelman. The former Kent State quarterback won three Super Bowl rings in New England catching passes from Tom Brady and receiving playcalls from Bill Belichick.
Edelman retired after the 2020 season, ending his career with 620 receptions for 6,822 yards, 36 touchdowns.
If Edelman had decided to pay for the bet with money from his career, he'd have plenty of cash to go through. According to Spotrac, Edelman earned just north of $44 million in his 12 seasons with the Patriots.
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