Sports fans are used to seeing breaking news headlines every day, especially if they're on social media. While that helps them stay up to date with the latest news, it can also make them easy targets for April Fool's Day jokes.
Former NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman joined in on the action Friday by playing a (playfully) cruel joke on Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. Edelman, who entered retirement following the 2020 NFL season, teased Bucs fans on Twitter by making it look like he was unretiring to join the team.
While the image looks fairly legitimate upon force glance, fans who noticed the tiny "April Fools" message in the bottom right corner had their hearts broken. After all, the idea of Tom Brady and Edelman reuniting in Tampa would be a lot to be excited about.
Edelman made a name for himself across 11 seasons with the New England Patriots, resulting in three championship rings and Super Bowl LIII MVP honors. He was also one of Brady's favorite targets throughout his career, recording 580 receptions, 6,311 yards and 36 touchdowns in 127 games with 'TB12' targeting him.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski "retired" during the 2019 season, only to come back the following year to join Brady on the Bucs. Clearly, fans were hoping this was the case for Edelman after missing last season.
Nevertheless, Brady and the Buccaneers should be fine without Edelman's help. They currently hold the second-best odds (+700) on FanDuel Sportsbook to win Super Bowl LVII next season. Now, that's no joke.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.