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Wes Welker

Wes Welker (right) being interviewed after the final game of the undefeated 2007 regular season
New England PatriotsNo. 83
Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Date of birth: May 1, 1981 (1981-05-01) (age 26)
Place of birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
National Football League debut
2004 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
College: Texas Tech
 Teams:
Career highlights and awards
  • 2003 Mosi Tatupu Award Winner
  • All-Pro selection (2007)
  • 2007 New England Patriots 12th Player Award
  • 2007 NFL receptions leader (112)
Selected NFL statistics
(through Week 17 of the 2007 NFL season)
Receptions     208
Receiving Yards     2,296
Touchdowns     9
Stats at NFL.com

Wesley Carter Welker (born May 1, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played collegiately at Texas Tech. He is one of only two players in NFL history to ever have converted a field goal, converted an extra point, recorded a tackle, and fielded a punt and kick off return all in the same game. He and T. J. Houshmandzadeh shared league leader honors for receptions during the 2007 season. City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Chargers redirects here. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Texas Tech University redirects here. ... Chargers redirects here. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966–1969) Eastern Division (1966–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC East (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Aqua, Coral, Navy, White Mascot T. D. Personnel Owner H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%) General Manager... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... The Mosi Tatupu Award is given annually to the College Football Special Teams Player of the Year by the Maui Quarterback Club and the Hula Bowl. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... NFL redirects here. ... Texas Tech University redirects here. ... Touraj (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh, Jr. ...


Welker holds several all-time records for the Patriots and Dolphins franchises. He is the Dolphins' all-time kick off return leader, both in total returns and yardage, and their all-time leader in total punt returns (he is second in yardage). He is the Patriots' all-time leader for receptions in a single season.[1]

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High school career

Welker started his football career at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City, where he and Graham Colton were teammates. In his junior year, he helped lead his team to the 2A State Football championship. 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. Welker played in the 2000 Oil Bowl, scoring a 40-yard field goal for the Oklahoma team. Out of high school, Welker was not recruited much 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.[2] Said Welker of the experience: Heritage Hall School is a coeducational, college-prep school located in North Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ... Graham Colton Band Graham Colton is lead singer of Graham Colton Band. ... See also: 1998 in sports, other events of 1999, 2000 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics Hicham El Guerrouj sets the new World Record in the mile at the World Championships in Rome. ... The Oklahoman is the statewide newspaper for Oklahoma. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing... The Oil Bowl is a High School All-Star Game played between All-Star teams from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively. ...

"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."[3]

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 581 tackles, 22 interceptions (three of which he returned for touchdowns), and nine fumble recoveries. As a kicker, he scored 35 field goals and 165 extra points; his longest field goal, 57 yards, actually exceeds the personal best of current Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.[4][1] Stephen Carroll Gostkowski (pronounced gos-tow-ski; the first k is silent[1]) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


College career

Welker's last minute signing proved to be a bonanza for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Based on a highlight reel from high school, Welker earned the nickname "The Natural" before his freshman year for his versatility and big-game performances.[5][6] Over his four-year career, he had 259 receptions for 3019 yards and 21 touchdowns, and 79 rushes for 456 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored eight touchdowns returning punts in his career, still tied for the NCAA record.[2] The Double T Jones AT&T Stadiums main grandstand. ... Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young (center top of picture), now with the Tennessee Titans, rushing for a touchdown vs. ... NCAA redirects here. ...


After his senior season at Texas Tech, Welker went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft but ended up signing as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers.[7] The 2004 National Football League Draft, took place on April 24 and April 25, 2004 at the theater at Madison Square Garden. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Chargers redirects here. ...


Professional career

2004

Despite making the Chargers' roster out of training camp, Welker was cut after the first week of the 2004 season and signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he was mostly used on special teams. Playing against the 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. // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966–1969) Eastern Division (1966–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC East (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Aqua, Coral, Navy, White Mascot T. D. Personnel Owner H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%) General Manager... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) in American football and Canadian football (collectively called gridiron football) is a goal that may be scored during general play (from the field). Execution of a field goal A field goal may be scored by a placekick or the very rare drop... For other uses, see Tackle. ...


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. He finished the season with 29 receptions for 434 yards and no touchdowns. He also had 43 punt returns for 390 yards, a 9.1 average, and 61 kickoff returns for 1379 yards, a 22.6 average. These ranked 11th and 20th in the NFL, respectively. // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... Christopher J. Chambers (born August 12, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... Marty Montez Booker (born July 31, 1976 in Marrero, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ...


2006

After rumors that he would be cut during the preseason, Welker started off being the lone bright-spot of the struggling Miami Dolphins offense. Through five games, he netted a team-high 29 catches and team-high 299 yards. During Week 5, he was a huge target for back-up quarterback Joey Harrington, grabbing a then-career high 9 catches for 77 yards in the 20-10 loss to the New England Patriots. On the season, Welker had a team-best 67 receptions for 687 yards and one score. He returned 48 kickoffs for 1,048 yards (22.2 average) and 41 punts for 378 yards (9.2 average). Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... John Joseph Joey Harrington Jr (born October 21, 1978 in Portland, Oregon) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. ... The 2006 Miami Dolphins season began with the team trying to improve on their 9-7 record in 2005. ...


2007

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. The Patriots, who were interested in Welker, had originally considered signing Welker, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet which Miami would have had seven days to match; according to The Boston Globe, that sheet would have contained a poison pill provision which would have made the offer difficult for the Dolphins to match.[8] Ultimately, however, the Patriots decided not to use such an offer, and traded the Dolphins their 2007 second- and seventh-round draft picks for Welker. (Coincidentally, one of Welker's quarterbacks at Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury, was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round in 2003, though Kingsbury never played for the team.) is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // 1 : College Football - In a game remembered for its numerous trick plays, including a hook and lateral and a Statue of Liberty play, the Boise State Broncos defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 to win the Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion. ... In North American sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has run out and is now free to sign with another team. ... The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... Poison pill originally meant a literal poison pill (often a glass vial of cyanide salts) carried by various spies throughout history, and by Nazi leaders in WWII. Spies could take such pills when discovered, eliminating any possibility that they could be interrogated for the enemys gain. ... Kliff Kingsbury (born August 9, 1979 in San Antonio, Texas) has spent time in the National Football League, and is currently a quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. // Kingsbury played collegiately for the Texas Tech Red Raiders from 1998-2002. ...


Welker's first season as a Patriot eclipsed his best season as a Dolphin (2006); he bettered his totals for receptions, touchdowns, and yardage in his first ten games. In Week 1, he caught the first touchdown of the Patriots' season, 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 eleven 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 Eagles, he had 13 receptions for 149 yards. In Week 15, against the 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. In Week 17, against the Giants, he caught eleven more passes, setting the Patriots franchise record for catches with 112, tying Bengals receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh for most receptions in the 2007 NFL season, and setting an NFL record for most catches in a first season with a new team. he finished the season with 1,175 yards and eight touchdowns. He also received one vote for NFL Offensive Player of the Year, an award won by his quarterback, Tom Brady. Wes Welker was voted to his first AP All-Pro Team (second team). The 2007 Dallas Cowboys season will be the 47th season for the team in the National Football League. ... The 2007 Miami Dolphins season is the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 42nd season overall[1]. Following a disappointing 6-10 season[2] under former head coach Nick Saban in a year that began with high hopes[3], Saban resigned from the Dolphins to... The 2007 Philadelphia Eagles season will see the team try to improve upon its 10-6 record in 2006, and defend their NFC East title. ... The 2007 New York Jets season will be the 38th NFL season and 48th overall season for the football team. ... The 2007 Miami Dolphins season is the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 42nd season overall[1]. Following a disappointing 6-10 season[2] under former head coach Nick Saban in a year that began with high hopes[3], Saban resigned from the Dolphins to... Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... The 2007 New York Giants season will be the 83rd season for the New York Giants in the National Football League. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Touraj (T.J.) Houshmandzadeh, Jr. ... The NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press to the offensive player of the National Football League believed to have had the most outstanding season. ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ...


In 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.[9] Super Bowl XLII will be the 42nd annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) between the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) champions. ...


Personal

During the Patriots' June 2007 minicamp, Brady compared Welker to a Labrador retriever;[10] Welker himself owns a chocolate Lab named after Steve Nash, a point guard for the Phoenix Suns, who is also known for his relatively small stature.[11] The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


Welker has also founded the 83 Foundation, a charitable organization that supports athletic activities in his native Oklahoma City.[12]


External links

  • Patriots.com Biography
  • Welker's 83 Foundation

References

  1. ^ a b Wes Welker - Official New England Patriots Biography
  2. ^ a b Greatest Tech athelete poll: Wes Welker and Zach Thomas profiles. The Daily Toreador (March 26, 2007).
  3. ^ Patriots' Welker goes from bit player to center stage. USA Today (January 28, 2008).
  4. ^ Yes Welker
  5. ^ Early frustration couldn't stop Welker's emergence. USA Today (November 23, 2007).
  6. ^ The Natural: Welker goes from unknown to irreplaceable. The Eagle-Tribune (November 18, 2007).
  7. ^ Wes Welker Started NFL Career in San Diego, Chargers Could Use Him This Weekend - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog
  8. ^ How Patriots grabbed wide receiver Wes Welker from Dolphins - The Boston Globe
  9. ^ SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NFL Football stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NFL Football columnists
  10. ^ Brady on Welker
  11. ^ Once a role player, Patriots' Wes Welker now a budding star
  12. ^ Wes Welker
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