Patriots star giving Super Bowl tickets to 7th grade girl who was bullied for playing football
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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has invited a New Hampshire seventh-grader to attend the Super Bowl after learning she was bullied for playing on her school’s football team.

Dejah Rondeau is the quarterback for the Exeter Seahawks varsity football team, which is made up of seventh and eighth graders, the team said in a video posted to Twitter.

The Patriots learned about Rondeau’s story and invited her for a tour of the Patriots trophy room earlier this week, where Edelman surprised her with the tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the Los Angeles Rams.


“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 [of] people not accepting this, that,” he told Rondeau. “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.”

Rondeau’s mother, Nichole Brock, told Seacoast Online that her daughter has faced bullying for being one of only three girls playing football.

“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 told the Portsmouth, N.H., news outlet. “But Dejah becoming the quarterback is the best thing that could happen to her. She’s worked really hard at it.”

Rondeau also told Seacoast Online that she wears number 11 in honor of Edelman, her favorite NFL player.