Video: Patriots WR Julian Edelman Gives Super Bowl LIII Tickets to 13-Year-Old Victim of Bullying

Julian Edelman is an icon for New England Patriots fans, and has further cemented his reputation by gifting a teenager who was bullied at school tickets for Super Bowl LIII.

The Patriots wide receiver was told that Dejah Rondeau, a seventh grader from Exeter, New Hampshire, suffered from bullying at school for playing football.

Edelman and the five-time Super Bowl champions organized for the 13-year-old girl to visit Foxborough, where she was given a tour of the trophy room by Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

She was then introduced to Edelman, her favorite player and the reason why she wears the number 11 jersey. The meeting was recorded on camera and shared by the Patriots official Twitter account earlier this week.

7th grade quarterback Dejah Rondeau wears no. 11 in honor of @Edelman11.

When he heard she was getting bullied at school, he had a #SuperBowlSurprise for her.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 29, 2019

"Heard we've got a quarterback here to take [Tom] Brady's spot," Edelman said.

"I heard about your story, about going out there and having a challenge, of dealing with adversity because people not accepting this, that.

"My respect level for you is just through the roof because you just ignored all the noise and you played the game we all love and that's football."

What was already an incredible experience for the seventh-grader turned completely surreal, when Edelman asked her if she had "any plans for Sunday" and handed her tickets to Super Bowl LIII.

"We're gonna bring you to the Super Bowl, too, if that's cool," Edelman said as he handed her two tickets to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. "Do you have any plans next Sunday?"

Rondeau is the quarterback of the Exeter Seahawks and, according to, she started three games for the team after the first-choice quarterback was injured.

Before developing into one of the best wideouts in the league, Edelman was a quarterback himself throughout his high school years and then at Kent State University.

He regularly holds pro-passing camps for young players, which Rondeau has attended in the past.

Understandably, the teenager could not hide her excitement at the prospect of watching the Patriots in action in the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams.

"That was crazy," she was quoted as saying by "I never knew—I never thought that would ever happen. I'm just really excited to go."

Rondeau first made the news in November, when New Hampshire-based SeacoastOnline ran a profile of her in which her mother, Nichole Brock, revealed her daughter was routinely subject to bullying.

"Some people don't want to accept a female quarterback. She'll have to put in 110 percent when others are putting in 50," Brock was quoted as saying. "But Dejah becoming the quarterback is the best thing that could happen to her. She's worked really hard at it."

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Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LIII media availability at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on January 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images