NFL players, for the most part, get Tuesdays off. They play on Sundays, study tape of the game on Mondays, and then practice the rest of the weeks with Tuesday as their time to relax. NBA players don’t operate with that much rigidity. They play when the schedule dictates they play. For the Boston Celtics, that meant a Tuesday night tip off to the season against their rival Philadelphia 76ers. So, with nothing else on his plate, Julian Edelman decided to take in the game from a courtside seat at TD Garden. And, as a member of the five-time champion New England Patriots, his local fans gave him a hero’s welcome.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 17, 2018
Boston and Philadelphia have a rivalry in basketball, but the two cities played for far higher stakes in football in February. The Patriots and Eagles met in Super Bowl 52, won by the Eagles. The Celtics gained some measure of revenge by beating the 76ers in the playoffs last year, and the Patriots won Super Bowl 39 against the Eagles as well, but the city is still very invested in taking down its east coast cousin.
Edelman missed his chance to do so in the Super Bowl last season as he was recovering from a torn ACL. Now that he’s fully recovered, he’s taking his chance to make up some of that damage by at least supporting the Celtics in their bid to take down the 76ers on opening night. He may not be on the court, but his impact was undeniable based on the noise the crowd made just by seeing his face.