Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who has missed the entire regular season with a torn right ACL, was on Barstool Sports on SiriusXM Radio on Friday and talked about watching the ESPN documentary "The Two Bills," as well as his relationship with New England coach Bill Belichick.
"I actually walked by him today, he was on the treadmill ... I go, 'Hey coach, that documentary was so cool, man,'" Edelman said. "He's like, thanks Jules, thanks [imitating Belichick]. But I was serious, I'm a fan, too.
"I'm getting to witness greatness just being around him, I feel like I'm a part of it.
"Seeing the evolution of where he came from ... It was pretty cool to see those two guys in the same room."
Edelman also detailed his relationship with Belichick.
"I love Coach Belichick, he gave me my opportunity. He believed in me, and a lot of people didn't. He's an a--h--- and I hate him a lot of the times, but I still love that man to death.
"I know that the day my production goes down or I'm not playing well he's going to get rid of me. Doesn't mean I don't love him for what he has given me right now in my life."
Belichick holds his players to a high standard, and Edelman recognizes and respects that.
"I know how the business is, I know how he is, everyone's got their time and day, so I'm still going to love the guy. He gave me my opportunity.
"When other coaches tell you to do something, you're kind of like, all right, it's Week 18, I don't feel like doing this, but if Bill ever says anything, my shoulders are back, my head is tilted straight. I'm still terrified of him."