Although Super Bowl LIII was a defensive battle that ended with a 13-3 Patriots win over the Los Angeles Rams, the winner of the MVP award for the game was none other than wide receiver Julian Edelman.
Edelman lifted the trophy after catching 10 passes for 141 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown, but on a rough night for star quarterback Tom Brady, Edelman turned out to be his preferred and safest option.
The 32-year-old wide receiver, who won his third Super Bowl ring with the Patriots on Sunday night, caught crucial pass after crucial pass on Sunday. He frustrated the Rams’ defensiveness with his evasiveness and route-running skills which allowed him to get open on countless occasions.
Edelman was the first wide receiver to take home a Super Bowl MVP since Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, in which the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Santonio Holmes took home the hardware.
It was a gratifying end to the season for Edelman, who spent the first four games of the 2018 season suspended after failing a performance-enhancing drug test.
Although this will inevitably add some controversy to his award on Sunday night, it was undeniable that the undersized wide receiver was the best player on the field in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday night.