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Julian Edelman’s Beard Trimmings Are Up for Auction

Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.


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)

If you’re among the proud few that wept when Ellen DeGeneres shaved Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman’s famous beard, dry your eyes. Just because it’s no longer on his face doesn’t mean it’s gone from this earth.

In fact, it may be closer than ever before. It turns out that DeGeneres (maybe an Edelman superfan herself?) saved the clippings from last week’s trimming. She’s now auctioning them off online to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.

Anyone with a charitable heart, deep enough pockets, or an Edelman obsession (you don’t have to specify which) can now own a part of Patriots’ history.

According to the auction webpage on CharityBuzz, each winning bid for the beard comes with a photo of the shaving, signed by DeGeneres. Both the photo and the trimmings are also verified by their own certificates of authenticity to prove that the hair is truly Edelman’s, and not from the beard of some poor Ellen production assistant.

The original shave, performed by DeGeneres herself on her daytime show, raised $20,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston—$10,000 from DeGeneres and a matching donation from the now-clean-shaven Edelman.

The beard got to go to Disney World with Tom Brady during its final days, but didn’t live to accompany Edelman on the Grammys’ stage. His final words to the infamous scruff?

“I love you, beard.”

Bidding is not yet live, perhaps to give the wide receiver some time to properly mourn. It also gives fans time to gather up all their change and clear a spot on their mantel for the “resealable zipper storage bag” the trimmings come in.