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Julian Edelman, Pats surprise girl with Super Bowl tickets after she was bullied for playing QB

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Edelman surprised seventh-grader Dejah Rondeau with tickets to Super Bowl 53 on Sunday in Atlanta.

The wide receiver heard that Rondeau, who plays quarterback for a youth football team, was bullied in school over it.

She became starting QB for the Exeter Seahawks in Exeter, New Hampshire, last season after an injury forced the team’s starter to the sidelines, according to Sports Illustrated.

“Some people don’t want to accept a female quarterback,” Rondeau’s mother, Nicole Brock, told Seacoastonline. “She’ll have to put in 110 percent where others put in 50.”

When the Patriots heard about the bullying, they invited Rondeau, whose favorite player is Edelman, to the team’s home in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to meet him and team owner Robert Kraft, according to a video the team posted on social media.

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In the video, Edelman played a game of catch with Rondeau and surprised her with two tickets to the Super Bowl.

Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots talks to the media during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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