Wesley Carter Welker was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 1, 1981. A wide receiver and return specialist for the Denver Broncos, he is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has appeared in three Super Bowls and has been the NFL's receptions leader on three occasions.
During his youth, Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City. In 1999, USA Today named him as the Oklahoma State Player of the Year, but he was not considered a major recruitment prospect due to his lack of size. However, Welker was eventually offered a scholarship by Texas Tech, after one of the school's original recruits backed out. He played for four years at Texas Tech, winning the 2003 Mosi Tatupu Award and totalling 259 receptions for 3,019 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Welker was not drafted during the 2004 NFL Draft and was initially picked up as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers. He was cut from the roster the same year and although he was offered a place on their practice squad, he instead opted to sign for the Miami Dolphins. During his second season with the Dolphins, he became the team's third wide receiver and then in 2006, he further enhanced his reputation, contributing 67 receptions for 687 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to the 2007 season, Welker was traded to the New England Patriots, where he eclipsed his previous seasons and went on to enjoy great success. He helped the team to AFC Championship wins in 2007 and 2011 and despite being unable to win the Super Bowl on either occasion, he equalled the Super Bowl record of 11 receptions in a game at Super Bowl XLII. In both AFC Championship-winning seasons, he was the receptions leader for the entire NFL and in 2011, he was named first team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Welker caught a pass in every game he ever played for the Patriots and he still holds the franchise record for consecutive games with at least one reception. In 2010, he was named to the New England Patriots All-2000s Team.
In 2013, Welker joined the Denver Broncos, signing a two year contract. At the end of his first season, he collected the third AFC Championship of his career. Unfortunately, he was once again unsuccessful in the Super Bowl, as the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII.
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