NFL player Julian Edelman announced as Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal


Screenshot of announcement video posted to Kent State University Alumni Association’s YouTube account

Emily Mills

New England Patriots player Julian Edelman, a former Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback, will return as Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal in Kent State’s Homecoming ceremonies Oct. 3.

“It’s exciting to get back to the alma mater (and) see everyone on campus,” Edelman said in a video the Kent State University Alumni Association posted on YouTube. “October 3. Do not be late. Don’t miss it. Go Flashes.”

Edelman is wearing a yellow Kent State T-shirt and mouths “number one” at the end of the video.

Edelman played on Kent State’s football team from 2006 to 2008 and was a three-year starting quarterback, as well as a captain on the 2008 team, according to a Kent State press release.

He holds Kent State’s single-season record for total yards at 3,190.

The New England Patriots selected Edelman in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. As a wide receiver, he has caught 197 passes over the last two seasons, and he helped the team secure a Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks this February.

Edelman, who will be inducted into the Kent State Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame, will take part in a meet and greet Oct. 3 at 10:15 a.m. at the Alumni Hospitality Tent by the Williamson Alumni Center. The Homecoming Parade steps off at 11 a.m., and he will attend the 3:30 p.m. football game against the Miami University RedHawks.

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