Top of the week: Despite the ongoing controversy of his religious identity, Julian Edelman, star wide receiver for the New England Patriots, was named the fourth-best Jewish football player of all time by the American Jewish Historical Society. The society included Edelman behind Hall of Fame quarterbacks Sid Luckman and Benny Friedman and Hall of Fame lineman Ron Mix in its ranking. The announcement was made Jan. 21. The Jewish Sports Review, which serves as the “official” source on such matters, has long held that Edelman should not be considered Jewish.
Best of the rest: The Denver Broncos defeated Nate Ebner and the Patriots, 20-18, in the AFC championship game on Jan. 24 to move on to Super Bowl 50…. Michael Cammalleri assisted on two goals for the NJ Devils in their 3-1 win over the host Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 23. He has 24 assists and 14 goals for the season, tops among Jewish players. The American Israel Numismatic Association has issued a commemorative medal honoring Lipman Pike, the first Jewish Major Leaguer.