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Julian Edelman, a New England Patriots wide receiver, is kind of a big deal - but not everyone thought he could achieve fufil his dream of becoming a professional athlete.

Edelman recently shared a photo of a letter he received from a former teacher who told him to set realistic goals when Edelman had shared his ambitions for American football.

Fortunately, Edelman didn't take the advice to heart.

The letter said:

Dear Jules, I'm not sure you will remember me: I was your teacher for your English 100 class at CSM in the spring of 2006.

I've been wanting to write to you for, oh, what seems to be a thousand years, to apologise to you for a flippant comment I made to you that semester. You may not even remember it but I've felt bad about it for years.

You made some comment about 'going to the league' and I said something about setting realistic goals, about how few people enter the ranks of the professional athlete, blah, blah, blah.'I don't think it fazed you, quite frankly, but when I look back on it I feel terrible, not because you proved me wrong but because I voiced an uneducated opinion that implied I had disdain for your passion for the game.

I think it was early in the semester, before I knew you, but how I could ever have doubted your tenacity and grit is beyond me! Again, I doubt you've even thought about it twice, but even so, I'm sorry for wedging my foot so firmly in my mouth that day.

Edelman tweeted the letter and wrote:

Set your goals high. do whatever it takes to achieve them.

Wise words.

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