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Edelman Gives a Glimpse at Halftime in the NFL

Edelman says players actually eat at halftime while gearing up to finish the game.

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March 4, 2024 at 4:10 pm ET

Edelman Gives a Glimpse at Halftime in the NFL(PHOTO: Brian Fluharty - USA TODAY Sports)

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If you ever wondered what goes on when the Patriots head down the stairs into the locker room at halftime, former wide receiver Julian Edelman recently provided a little glimpse into that on his “Games with Names” podcast.

Edelman, who was joined by SNL’s Heidi Gardner, talked about a variety of subjects, including the fact that halftime isn’t just the time to talk X’s and O’s.  Edelman said that trying to add some nutrition was big for players, providing some insight as to what types of foods that players eat coming off of playing 30-minutes of football.

“There’s always pickles for the salt, so you retain water.  They always have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, that’s a huge thing,” said Edelman.  “Sometimes they’d have chicken broth if it was like a cold game.  They have every kind of power bar, or protein bar, or meal-supplement bar.”

“Sometimes when it’s like a high-play first half, guys are kind of drained, usually in the heat, you know, you’ve gotta take in calories.  Gives you a little more energy.”

Edelman also went on to say that on game day, he usually takes 5-6 showers, taking one after he wakes up, one after each set of warm-ups ahead of a game, along with potentially another before kickoff, and then obviously after the game.

“I’m a shower-er,” said Edelman.  “I like 5-6 showers a day.”

Needless to say, the Patriots may have seen a dip in their water usage since Edelman decided to retire.

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