The New England Patriots as the Chicago Bulls of football? Julian Edelman will take that.
After the NFL Network's Nate Burleson -- a former NFL receiver himself -- dubbed Edelman "Slottie Pippen," the Patriots receiver decided to run with the nickname.
And not content to stop there, he re-cast several of his other New England teammates as famous faces from Bulls dynasty of the 1990s.
Burleson had already tabbed Rob Gronkowski as Michael Jordan, and Bill Belichick's corrolary was Phil Jackson. That left an interesting choice for Tom Brady:
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) September 23, 2015
At the same time, casting Brady as Dennis Rodman isn't a complete mismatch, even if, personality-wise, he and Gronkowski may be a more natural pair. After all, Brady is reveling in his subversive role as a foil to Roger Goodell and a villain to the rest of the league.
Just as Rodman, he's happy to embrace his bad boy image, even if he pairs it with a clean-cut look expected of a supermodel's trophy husband.
All in all, it's a pretty good comparison, with one exception: The Patriots are short two championships.