The Patriots receiver is coming off his third Super Bowl title after defeating the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3. Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP in New England's victory. He had 10 catches for 141 yards in the championship game.
Boogity, boogity, boogity. We are GREEN in the Daytona 500!!! pic.twitter.com/91j8Ww45Ah— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 17, 2019
Many former NFL athletes served as the honorary starter in previous Daytona 500 events, including Terry Bradshaw, LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Aikman, among others. Last year, actress Charlize Theron waved the green flag.
Watt joined Edelman at the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series' opening event of the season and was the grand marshal. He delivered the famous call for the drivers to start their engines.
Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He had 61 total tackles, 16.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four passes defensed last season.