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ALERT: Ellen Has Shaved Julian Edelman’s Beard

Say goodbye to a season's worth of MVP scruff.


New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman (11) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has fulfilled his pre-championship pledge and shaved his beard, with help from Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres did the honors at the taping for her daytime talk show, using a set of clippers to reveal a sight unseen for months: a clean-shaven Edelman.

The star tells DeGeneres that he’s been growing out his massive shrub of facial hair all season long. “Coach Belichik has this thing that he says: ‘Put everything in the drawer and don’t worry about it until the season is done.’ So I put my razor actually in the drawer,” he says on the show, adding, “He’s a very intimidating man.”

It was a bittersweet goodbye for the star. “It’s like a child—it grows on you,” he says. Asked what his final words were before losing the scruff, he replies, “I love you, beard. It’s been a hell of a year.”

It’s all for a good cause. Ellen pledged a $10,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, which Edelman said he would match.

Quarterback Tom Brady also had a high-profile shave this week, stopping in at the Boston headquarters of Gillette for a charitable shave, which also raised money for the Boys and Girls Club, Best Buddies, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.