FOXBOROUGH – linebacker Patriots JazWhaun Bentley sort of crinkles his nose when I say the word “friendship.”
“You continue to say a friendship ship,” he says.
The best term to describe his relationship with Celtics is not rookie Carsen Edwards.
“That's my brother,” Bentley says. “We have never been friends. We were always brothers. Everyone else says friends ’. We say 'brothers'.
Bentley and Edwards met as student athletes at Purdue in 2016. Bentley was a junior football team, and Edwards was a newcomer to the basketball team. Neither can precisely state the precise circumstances of their introduction, but Vince Edwards (without involvement with Carsen), had already had a friendship, who was on the junior side on the basketball team.
From there, the two began to hang out more. They overlapped Purdue for two years before Bentley passed and 143rd was drafted in the fifth round of the Draft NFL 2018. When Bentley left Purdue, however, his connection with Edwards was not attracted.
“We've ever talked ever since,” said Edwards. “Each day literally.”
Bentley continued to return to the campus in West Lafayette, Ind., Including a surprise visit for Edwards's 21st birthday last March. A few months later, he made a trip out to Texas to watch a NBA Draft with Edwards in his hometown.
Knowing Bentley had a busy recovery schedule, which only played three games last season before he went on an injured reserve at the end of the season with torn biceps.
“To make it out and be there for a moment like that, it meant a lot, 'he said.
In Bentley's case, however, the sign was given.
“This was a priority for me to be down there,” he said. “It wasn't for me to come out there. '
Together, together with the family, they looked at NBA deputy commissioner, Mark Tatum, calling the 33rd overall choice: Edwards chose Philadelphia 76ers Edwards. The selection actually belonged to the Celtics, which won the trade earlier in the night.
“I certainly remember when they said I was going to the Celtics, we were just sitting there and I looked at him, Edwards said. “I'm so low. It's a dude and he wants the day around me. So when it all happened, he had little to say.
“Then we were leaving, and it was like Bro, you know you will be right with me. . . I thought about right then, but I didn't want to say anything. '' ''
Now professional athletes in the same city, both did not continue to strengthen their band. They do what friends do: talk about the highlights and the lows, try new restaurants, shop, and chill in each other's apartments. (Bentley spent the night at Edwards' place earlier this week.) While conducting his first year in the league, Edwards has gone to Bentley for advice.
“It was always his discussion, how he worked hard and things like that, Edwards said. “It's cool to follow someone who has the same dreams in a way. It was so by Purdue too. It was low-key but it worked real hard.
They have more knowledge of each other than most. When Bentley covered his impressive voice at the Duron Harmon pub pubic event in September, for example, Edwards was not surprised.
“Jaunun and I will be in the car, singing and talking, about me, and it will be really good,” said Edwards. “I always like,‘ Bro, you know you're very good for ever? # 39;
Despite its demanding schedule, they will support each other at games whenever possible. Bentley attended Celtics season openings at TD Garden, and he was in the house for a Boston game against the Knicks a week later.
Edwards went to both pre-season matches by Gillette Stadium as well as the New England Week 3 competition against New York Jets. While Edwards couldn't make the Week 8 coupon against Cleveland Browns, his parents donated the wet weather to support Bentley, who speaks to Edwards's older brother, Jai, on a daily basis too.
Cross-country tours will continue to be made for the right event – Bentley flew out to Las Vegas to watch Edwards ball out during the Summer League in July – but each other goes far in hand. Edwards is still living in Texas, and lives in Bentley in Maryland.
“It helped me a lot, especially coming to myself,” said Edwards. “He also helped my mother. I don't like that I moved here with myself and things like that. ''
“There's nothing like a family being closer, which Bentley added. “It is God's thing. God knows who you would put in your life.