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Julian Edelman gave Michael Keaton a shoutout for his ‘Batman’ reference at Kent State

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 5/15/2018 By Travis Andersen

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has at times performed superhuman feats on the gridiron.

On Tuesday, Edelman, who played college football at Kent State University, tweeted out his appreciation for the weekend commencement address at the Ohio school delivered by Hollywood star Michael Keaton, best known for his iconic portrayal of a certain crime-fighting superhero.

Edelman tweeted out a brief excerpt from the speech that first appeared on the cleveland.com news website. In the clip, Keaton concluded his remarks by telling the graduates, “I’m Batman,” prompting enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

Edelman wrote “Go Flashes” above the video, a reference to the university’s mascot.

Michael Keaton concluded his remarks Saturday by telling Kent State’s graduates, “I’m Batman,” prompting enthusiastic applause from the crowd. © Brent N. Clarke/Invision/Associated Press/File 2017 Michael Keaton concluded his remarks Saturday by telling Kent State’s graduates, “I’m Batman,” prompting enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

Keaton had a career defining role when he played Batman in the 1989 blockbuster. He later portrayed Boston Globe editor Walter V. Robinson in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” which chronicled the newspaper’s investigation of clergy sexual abuse.

Edelman missed all of last season with an injury but has vowed on social media to come back “stronger than ever.”

Like a caped crusader, perhaps.

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