Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman named Daytona 500 honorary starter

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Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman has been named as honorary starter for Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

The New England Patriots wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion, will wave the green flag to start The Great American Race.

“Julian Edelman is an incredible addition to the list of pre-race dignitaries for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said in a media release. “We’re honored to have such a superb athlete, who recently won on NFL’s biggest stage and was the Super Bowl MVP, wave the green flag for NASCAR’s premier event.”

Recent Daytona 500 Honorary Starters include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee LaDainian Tomlinson, actor Gary Sinise, actress Charlize Theron and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ken Griffey Jr.