NFL star Julian Edelman to read from his new children’s book

In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. NFL free agency begins Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with each team having another $10 million or so to spend thanks to the increased salary cap. Such standouts as receivers Eric Decker and Julian Edelman, defensive end Michael Bennett and cornerback Alterraun Verner figure to draw quick attention. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — NFL star Julian Edelman is getting a different kind of reception these days — as a children’s book author.

The New England Patriots wide receiver is out for the season with an injury and is scheduled to perform a special reading of his new book, “Flying High,” at the Jewish Community Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

The center says Edelman will read on Tuesday from a special edition of the book, which originally was released last year.

Edelman’s appearance is part of PJ Library, a global Jewish children’s book program.

His book tells the semi-autobiographical story of a football-playing squirrel named Jules.

Edelman’s father is Jewish but his mother is not. Edelman reconnected with his Jewish heritage during a 2015 trip to Israel.

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