JTA — “I don’t know how he caught it. I don’t think he does either.”
That’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Jewish teammate Julian Edelman’s physics-defying catch during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, won by the Pats in overtime 34-28.
The catch, which Edelman somehow secured between multiple defenders after the ball was tipped in the air, was a crucial part of a historic comeback.
New England trailed 28-3 in the third quarter before scoring 31 unanswered points on the way to its thrilling victory — the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
In typical goofy form, Edelman said Brady exaggerated his praise for the catch because the two have a “bromance.”
Julian Edelman on Tom Brady calling it best catch he's seen: "I think that's because of our bromance." pic.twitter.com/dQYewYKVwv
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 6, 2017
Edelman, 30, who can safely be called the best active Jewish player in the NFL, visited Israel in 2015.
There had been some debate over whether Edelman was Jewish — the Patriots maintained that he was raised Christian, despite having a Jewish father. But he identified himself as a member of the tribe during a 2013 interview on the NFL Network.