Wes Welker
American football player, wide receiver
Wes Welker
Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He has also played for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins. Welker played college football at Texas Tech. He is engaged to model Anna Burns. Despite being undrafted, Welker has had a successful career.
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Patriots face quarterback crisis after Jimmy Garoppolo injury - NFL.com
Google News - 5 months
New York Times Patriots face quarterback crisis after Jimmy Garoppolo injury NFL.com FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- David Ortiz was in a Tom Brady jersey. Wes Welker was in a Brady mask. There were reminders of what the New England Patriots were missing everywhere even before the game against Miami started Sunday, while the festivities ... Josh McDaniels showing why he'll be a head coach again soonESPN Patriots, Dolphins face new challenges in week aheadUSA TODAY NFL Week 2 – The Patriots won, lost Jimmy Garoppolo and now face a daunting taskWashington Post NBCSports.com -Bleacher Report -SB Nation -Miami Herald (blog) all 712 news articles »
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Tom Brady, Wes Welker to play catch at Patriots QB's house
ABC News - 5 months
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady has recruited Wes Welker as a throwing partner this weekend. The former Patriots receiver explained how it unfolded during a radio co-hosting appearance Friday on 560 WQAM in Miami. "It was funny. I hit him up [because] I'm actually heading up to the game [Saturday], and I hit him up to do dinner Saturday night," Welker said. "[Brady] was like 'I'm going to be flying in from Ann Arbor later, but hey, how about that morning we go throw?' And I'm just sitting there, like, 'I was just thinking about dinner, but yeah, sure.' I'll get over there early and we can throw a little bit. That's the only thing we really have planned." Brady is serving a four-game suspension to open the season as part of the NFL's Deflategate penalties against the Patriots. The star quarterback is being honored Saturday at his alma mater, Michigan. As part of his suspension, Brady is prohibited from engaging in any...
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Wes Welker handed out $100 bills after winning big at the Kentucky Derby
USA Today - almost 3 years
The Broncos' player apparently won big on a bet at the horse race.
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Broncos' Super Bowl Chances Doomed Mistakes, Miscalculations (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The seeds of Denver's stunning Super Bowl self-destruction were planted during Wednesday's practice when coach John Fox decided to turn down the speakers that simulate crowd noise because "it's not an away game." A silent snap count would have been so much better because Seattle's famed 12th Man showed up on Denver's first play from scrimmage and helped ruin whatever great game plan offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Peyton Manning had come up with. Instead of thwarting the Seahawks' stingy secondary and stout front seven, the Broncos fell apart. MetLife Stadium might not have been as loud as CenturyLink Field, but it was plenty spirited as the start of all Super Bowls are and when Manning lined up in the shotgun and called for the ball from his 14-yard line, his center couldn't hear the cadence. Manny Ramirez crouched still and just as Manning stepped up to reset the play, Ramirez's snap sailed into the north end zone, where running back Knowshon Moreno smothered ...
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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks jump all over Broncos early and often
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Seattle Seahawks, a team without a player with Super Bowl experience, switched to Beat Mode on Sunday and won the first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Seahawks were a long way from CenturyLink Field, but they located their 12th Man, anyway, and he turned out to be Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. In their 43-8 victory at MetLife Stadium, the Seahawks pulverized Manning, vaporized the Broncos and shocked 82,529 fans and a worldwide television audience with a performance for the ages. Manning finished with 34-of-49 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He lost a fumble. He averaged only 5.7 yards per attempt. His rating was 73.5. “You can’t expect him to have a bad game like that,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “Everybody played their behinds off. I think it was more of a case of what we did instead of what he didn’t do.” By comparison, second-year Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was 18-of-25 for 206 yards, two touchdowns ...
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A Super Bowl Cheat Sheet, Everything You Need to Know Before the Game
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
What do I need to know going into this Super Bowl if I haven't watched any of the games for either team this year? This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Jason McDonald, Grew up on the Steel Curtain Know Your Quarterbacks Denver's Peyton Manning is a clear Hall of Fame QB, and he's been scary-good this year. He's consistently been one of the league's best quarterbacks, but has only won one Super Bowl because he hasn't always had the supporting cast behind him. As recently as 2011, people thought he might be done because of back problems (herniated disc which led to spinal fusion surgery). So not only has he come back from a career threatening injury, but at age 37, he's having a "video game character" season this year, breaking the record for number of touchdowns (57) thrown in a season and the record for yardage (5477). He's also one of the best "field general" quarterbacks there is, famous for adjusting plays at the line of scrimmage -- he's basically an extra ...
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NFL: I’d play with concussion, says Denver ace Wes Welker
The Canberra Times - about 3 years
Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker says he would play in the Super Bowl even with a concussion because achieving his dream of a NFL title is that important.
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Super Bowl Preview: Denver Broncos Offense vs. Seattle Seahawks Defense
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This Sunday, for the third time in the recent Super Bowl era, the NFL's best offense will face the league's best defense. In the previous two instances, the top defense won -- rather famously so. Bill Belichick's game plan as the underdog New York Giants defensive coordinator defeated Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly's offensive juggernaut in 1991's Super Bowl XXV. This defensive strategy was considered so exemplary that the plan is currently on exhibit in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That Belichick guy had promise. In 2003, head coach Jon Gruden used his Tony Dungy-trained Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense to hammer the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXII. Hard as it is to imagine in 2013, the Raiders and QB Rich Gannon were the No. 1 NFL offense in the 2002 season. The Bucs defense scored three times in the 48-21 beat down. Whether Peyton Manning and his historically productive offense can break this trend is the central question of Super Bowl XLVIII. In this postseason, Manning and ...
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Veteran Welker shows younger receivers how to be a pro
Houston Chronicle - about 3 years
Demaryius Thomas watched veteran receiver Wes Welker closely when he signed with Denver after the 2012 season. “I saw him working hard, how he was on the field, off the field,” Thomas said. “The main thing that helped me being with Wes was being in the meeting room with him. “He’d help us on the field, telling us how to beat this guy with different leverage and then helping us with reading different coverages so we can go out on the field and play fast.”
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Broncos' Wes Welker would try to play in Super Bowl with concussion
USA Today - about 3 years
At least he'd try to convince doctors to play with head injury in a Super Bowl.
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Welker says weather will not slow Broncos
Reuters Canada - about 3 years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Receiver Wes Welker arrived with his Denver team mates in wintry New Jersey on Sunday, confident that weather would not slow the Broncos' vaunted attack in the February 2 Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
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What Everybody's Missing From the NFL Playoffs
Huffington Post - about 3 years
1. Why did the Patriots Lose? Tom Brady had an off day when his team couldn't run the ball and the Broncos could then stack their deck against his passing game. Plus the Broncos' Wes Welker knocked out the Patriots' best pass defender, Akeem Talib, with what in pro basketball would be a flagrant two foul for a moving pick on a pass thrown to another receiver. That's conventional analysis and it's right as far it goes. But it ignores the fact that at least twice Brady's receivers got behind the Denver defense enough to score, but Brady overthrew both of them -- two potential touchdowns off the scoreboard because of unforced errors by the Roger Federer of football. What was really going on? Well, Brady had been hearing all year that his arm strength was on the wane -- that he could no longer throw the long ball. So he set out, even before the game was played, to assert that his arm was just fine. Which it was, except he seemed to forget he was throwing at Mile High stadium -- and that ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wes Welker
  • 2015
    On November 9, 2015, the St. Louis Rams signed Welker to a one-year, $1.8 million contract including incentives.
    More Details Hide Details Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Welker was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is a Christian. Welker is of partial Cherokee descent. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and has a grandmother who lives on tribal lands in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. While attending Texas Tech University, Welker was a Texas Epsilon chapter member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Welker graduated from Texas Tech University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from the Rawls College of Business. In 2007, Welker established the 83 Foundation (after his NFL uniform number). The foundation, renamed the Wes Welker Foundation in December 2009, states its goal is "to influence at-risk youth, by encouraging their full potential through athletics and positive role models." Its work primarily benefits schools and other organizations in Welker's hometown of Oklahoma City.
  • 2014
    In 2014, Undrafted notched his first win in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational Stakes at Belmont.
    More Details Hide Details Undrafted also won the Group 1 2015 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot Racecourse.
    On December 30, the day after Denver's 34-14 victory over Oakland, head coach John Fox announced that Welker was cleared to play the Broncos divisional playoff against the San Diego Chargers on January 12, 2014.
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    On September 2, the NFL suspended Welker for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy after he failed a drug test due to amphetamines.
    More Details Hide Details On September 12, Welker's suspension was lifted due to the NFL's new drug policy. Welker made his season debut in week 3. He had 6 catches for 60 yards in an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In a game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 5, Welker passed Rod Smith for the most receptions by an undrafted player in NFL history. In a game against the San Francisco 49ers, Welker caught his first touchdown of the season and it was Peyton Manning's 508th career touchdown, tying Brett Favre for the most all-time.
    Welker also holds the record for most receptions by any undrafted player in NFL history, passing Rod Smith in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details As a Patriot, Welker led the league in receptions in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Welker holds the four highest single-season reception totals in Patriots' history, as well as four of the top 10 receiving yardage totals, including the franchise record. He also holds the franchise records for most receptions in a single game, most receiving yards in a single game, longest reception, and career receptions. Welker, who had three consecutive 110-reception seasons (and has five total), is the first receiver in NFL history with at least three 110-reception seasons, and the first with five 100-reception seasons. Welker was selected to the Pro Bowl, the All-Pro Team, or both, in every season of his Patriots career. Welker started his football career at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City. In his junior year, he helped lead his team to the 2A State Football championship over Tishomingo High School. In that game, Welker had three touchdowns, over 200 all-purpose yards, a 47-yard field goal, and an interception.
  • 2013
    He caught a touchdown pass in 8 of the first 10 games of the 2013 season.
    More Details Hide Details In a game against the Tennessee Titans, Welker took a hit to the head on a play across the middle late in the second quarter, and his neck bent awkwardly on the play. Welker previously suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He did not play for the rest of the regular season.
    On March 13, 2013, Welker signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
    More Details Hide Details Welker's signing with Denver was a result of Welker and the New England Patriots being unable to agree to a contract. In his debut as a Bronco, Welker had nine receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens. Through Week 11, he had 50 receptions for 555 yards and nine touchdowns. By Week 11, Welker had more touchdowns than he had the entire previous season with New England (six), and as many as he had in any season with the Patriots (nine).
  • 2012
    In 2012, Welker married former swimsuit model Anna Burns.
    More Details Hide Details Welker owns a chestnut colored gelding racehorse called Undrafted, trained by Wesley Ward.
    As of Week 2 of the 2012 regular season, Welker also holds the all-time Patriots franchise record for receptions, breaking in just 79 games the record of Troy Brown who played more than twice as many games as a Patriot (192 regular-season games).
    More Details Hide Details Welker ranks third in receiving yards behind Brown and Stanley Morgan.
  • 2011
    He was named to the 2011 Pro Bowl as an injury replacement to Andre Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details In the playoff loss to the New York Jets, Welker was benched for the teams' first offensive series for making a series of foot references in a press conference that took shots at a foot fetish of Jets' coach Rex Ryan. In the Patriots' 38–24 Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins, Welker caught a 99-yard pass from Tom Brady. Tying the NFL record for longest play from scrimmage, it was the 12th such play in NFL history, and the first for the Patriots. The play accounted for the majority of Welker's yards in an 8-catch effort for 160 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 3, in the Patriots' 34–31 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Welker had 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns. In so doing, he tied wide receiver Troy Brown's franchise record of 16 receptions in a single game and broke Terry Glenn's franchise record of 214 yards, set in 1999. The game also marked Welker's 64th consecutive regular-season game with a reception (i.e., in every game he has played as a Patriot), breaking tight end Ben Coates' record of 63 games (set 1992 to 1996). It was Welker's second game with at least 15 receptions, a feat equaled only by Brandon Marshall with the Denver Broncos. In Week 5, in the Patriots' win over the Jets, Welker caught five passes for 124 yards, including a 73-yard catch-and-run in which Welker beat Eric Smith and was chased down by Darrelle Revis at the 8-yard line.
  • 2010
    Welker, who had two touchdown catches in the Patriots' 45–24 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, finished the 2010 season with 86 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games played (11 starts).
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    Welker rehabilitated his knee during the 2010 offseason with the goal of being ready for the 2010 season opener, while many analysts expected that he would start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and some even speculated that he would miss the entire 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, Welker played in the Patriots' Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and led all Patriots receivers with 8 catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns; those catches included Brady's first pass attempt of the season and his first touchdown pass. In the Patriots' Week 9 loss to the Cleveland Browns, after an injury to kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Welker was asked to kick an extra point for the first time since he did so in 2004 against the Patriots; he converted the attempt.
    He suffered a torn MCL and ACL in his left knee and was placed on injured reserve on January 6, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Welker finished the season with a league-high 123 receptions (the second-highest total in NFL history) and finished second in yardage, behind Houston's Andre Johnson. He was also selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year, and, for the first time in his career, was named to the All-Pro First Team. Because of the knee injury he could not play in the Pro Bowl, and was replaced on the Pro Bowl roster by teammate Randy Moss.
  • 2009
    Welker set career marks again in the Patriots' Week 11 rematch against the Jets: targeted 17 times, he caught 15 passes — at the time the highest single-game total for any player in the NFL in 2009 — for 192 yards, and added 11 rushing yards on a reverse.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 13 against the Dolphins, Welker recorded 167 receiving yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the third straight season. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13, Welker tallied 167 yards on 10 catches, including a season long 58-yard reception over the middle. In the Patriots' Week 14 win at home against the Carolina Panthers, Welker caught 10 passes (out of 19 total completions for Brady) for 105 yards. This gave him 105 receptions in just 11 games and Welker lead the NFL in receptions at that point. The performance also made Welker the fourth receiver in NFL history (after Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, and Marvin Harrison, and tied with Brandon Marshall who did it in the same seasons as Welker) to catch 100 passes in three consecutive seasons. In Week 16, Welker caught 13 passes, giving him 7 games with double digit receptions. This gave him the record for most double digit reception games in a single season, passing Marvin Harrison. He accomplished this despite missing two games earlier in the season. In a Week 17 loss to the Houston Texans, Welker suffered a knee injury after getting hit by Bernard Pollard in the first quarter while running upfield to make his only reception of the game.
    Wes Welker was selected to attend the 2009 Pro Bowl as a reserve, and was again named to the AP All-Pro Second Team.
    More Details Hide Details Welker was sidelined in Weeks 2 and 3 (against the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons, respectively) with a knee injury; rookie wide receiver Julian Edelman took his place in the lineup. In the October 18 (Week 6) game against the Tennessee Titans, Welker caught 10 passes for 150 yards, a new career high (at the time), and two touchdowns. The second of those touchdowns was Tom Brady's NFL record fifth touchdown in a single quarter.
  • 2007
    In Week 17, against the Giants, he caught 11 more passes, setting the Patriots franchise record for catches with 112, and tying Bengals receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh for most receptions in the 2007 NFL season.
    More Details Hide Details He also set an NFL record for most catches in a first season with a new team. Welker, who finished the season with 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns, received one vote for NFL Offensive Player of the Year, an award won by his quarterback, Tom Brady, and was voted to his first AP All-Pro Team (second team). In his first two postseason games, Welker had 16 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He tied the Super Bowl record of 11 receptions in a single game in the Patriots' 17–14 loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Despite the season-ending injury to Welker's quarterback, Tom Brady, he continued to amass receptions at the same pace through the first half of the season: through eight games, he had 56 receptions, but only one touchdown reception. He had six or more receptions in each of the Patriots' first 11 games, breaking Jimmy Smith's mark of eight games at the start of the Jacksonville Jaguars' 2001 season.
  • 2006
    Welker's first season as a Patriot eclipsed his 2006 season as a Dolphin; he bettered his totals for receptions, touchdowns, and yardage in his first ten games.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 1, he caught the first of the Patriots' record 75 touchdowns, equaling the one receiving touchdown he had scored in his three seasons with the Dolphins. He set career bests for yardage three times: in the Patriots' Week 6 win against the Dallas Cowboys, Welker had 11 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns (all career bests); the next week, against the Dolphins, he had nine catches for 138 yards and two more touchdowns (the most receiving yards of any NFL player that week); and in Week 12, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had 13 receptions for 149 yards. In Week 15, against the New York Jets, Welker reached 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career; in Week 16, against the Dolphins, he recorded his 101st reception of the season, tying the Patriots franchise record set by Troy Brown in 2001.
    On October 8, 2006, he was a huge target for back-up quarterback Joey Harrington, recording a then career-high nine catches for 77 yards in a 20–10 loss to the Patriots.
    More Details Hide Details For the season, he had a team-best 67 receptions for 687 yards and one touchdown. He returned 48 kickoffs for 1,048 yards (22.2 average) and 41 punts for 378 yards (9.2 average). On March 1, 2007, the Dolphins offered Welker, a restricted free agent, a second-round tender (the second-lowest tender) of $1.35 million for a one-year contract. News reports indicated the New England Patriots, who were interested in Welker, had originally considered signing him to an offer sheet (Miami would have had seven days to match the offer); according to The Boston Globe, that sheet would have contained a poison pill provision that would have made the offer difficult for the Dolphins to match. Ultimately, however, the Patriots decided not to use such an offer and traded their 2007 second-round (Dolphins drafted Samson Satele) and seventh-round (Dolphins drafted Abraham Wright) draft picks to the Dolphins for Welker.
  • 2005
    During training camp at the beginning of the 2005 season, Welker was promoted to the third wide receiver spot after Chris Chambers and Marty Booker.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 29 receptions for 434 yards, but did not score a touchdown. He also had 43 punt returns for 390 yards, a 9.1-yard average (11th in the NFL), and 61 kickoff returns for 1,379 yards, a 22.6-yard average (20th in the NFL). After rumors that he would be cut during the preseason, Welker started off being the lone bright spot of the struggling Dolphins' offense. Through five games, he netted a team-high 29 catches and team-high 299 yards.
  • 2004
    On December 20, 2004, Welker had a 71-yard punt return to set up Miami's first touchdown in a 29–28 victory over the Patriots on Monday Night Football.
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    Playing against the New England Patriots on October 10, 2004, Welker became the second player in NFL history to return a kickoff and a punt, kick an extra point and a field goal, and make a tackle in a single game.
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    Welker, who was not drafted during the 2004 NFL Draft, signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Chargers.
    More Details Hide Details Welker made the Chargers out of training camp, but was released after the first game of the season when the Chargers claimed safety Clinton Hart off waivers. Head coach Marty Schottenheimer later acknowledged that in terms of roster cuts, releasing Wes Welker was the "biggest mistake he ever made." After the Chargers released Welker, he passed through waivers. Although the Chargers offered him a slot on their practice squad, Welker chose to sign with the Miami Dolphins instead, where he was mostly used on special teams.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Welker won the Mosi Tatupu Award, given annually to the best special teams player in college football.
    More Details Hide Details Welker was also named to the Sports Illustrated All-Decade Team as a punt returner. After his senior season at Texas Tech, Welker was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • 2000
    Welker played in the 2000 Oil Bowl, scoring a 40-yard field goal for the Oklahoma team.
    More Details Hide Details Out of high school, Welker was not recruited heavily, as he was considered to be too small to play at the college level. However, after a recruit at Texas Tech backed out of his scholarship, it was offered to Welker. Said Welker of the experience: "I was thinking I'd get a scholarship somewhere. When it didn't happen when it was supposed to, on signing day, I was pretty hurt by it. … In the end, I don't think I could've picked a better school than Texas Tech." At Heritage Hall, Welker was a prolific contributor on offense, defense, and special teams. As a running back, he scored 80 touchdowns (53 rushing and 27 receiving). As a defensive back, he had 190 tackles, 22 interceptions (three of which he returned for touchdowns), and nine fumble recoveries. As a punt returner, he scored seven touchdowns. As a kicker, he kicked 35 field goals and 165 extra points. His longest field goal was 58 yards.
  • 1999
    Also, in 1999 he was named The Daily Oklahoman All-State Player of the Year, and Oklahoma State Player of the Year by USA Today.
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  • 1981
    Born on May 1, 1981.
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