One of the major reasons why American football is so popular among other sports in the country, despite its complexity, is because it has over the years, featured great players like Wes Welker who have put in much effort in making it appear easy and more fun.
Wes who now serves as an assistant coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL), was a former free agent slot receiver who led the league in receptions in 2007, 2009, and 2011 with the New England Patriots. His successful career has for sure, made him famous in the football league. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about Wes Welker
Wes Welker’s Bio
Wes was born as Wesley Carter Welker on May 1, 1981, and his career as a footballer started at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City where he took several leading positions that helped in his team’s winnings. For instance, while in his Junior years, his three touchdowns, 47-yard field goal, over 200 all-purpose yards, and an interception helped in leading the 2A State Football championship over Tishomingo High School. Even while playing with the Iol Bowl in 2000, Wes, who was already named The Daily Oklahoman All-State Player of the Year was able to score a 40-yard field goal for the Oklahoma team. Thanks to his skilful performances during his high school years, he successfully gained a scholarship to Texas Tech where he proved his football prowess playing for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. There, he won the Mosi Tatupu Award after tying the NCAA record for touchdowns and scoring returning punts.
As a Professional player, Wes Welker played for teams like the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and St.Louis Rams. He was first signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2004 as an undrafted free agent. The same year, he moved to Miami Dolphins where he signed a two-year contract with them. With the Dolphins where he was mostly used on special times, Wes was able to attain success as he became the second player in the history of the National Football League to make a tackle in a single game, return a kickoff and a punt, and kick an extra point and a field goal.
In 2007, he was signed with the New England Patriots where his career grew higher and, possibly better. Playing with the team for about five years, Wes was able to make much of his career success there- from 2007 to 2009, he was able to lead the NFL with a total of 346 receptions. He also topped three single-season reception totals with a team-record 123 in 2009, 112 catches in 2007 and 111 in 2008. Within his five-year contract with the Patriots, Welker earned a top rank in the yardage after reaching 500 receptions in just 70 games and catching more passes than any player in the league.
Between 2013 and 2015, Welker worked with Denver Broncos after signing a two-year contract worth $12 million and while with them, he was able to make good receptions and touchdowns against such professional clubs as the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans e San Francisco 49ers, and even the San Diego Chargers, his former team. Top of it all was the winning of his third AFC championship and Super Bowl appearance after he helped the Broncos defeat his former team, New England Patriots.
After his career with the Broncos, he signed a one-year contract worth $1.8 million with the St. Louis Rams and with them, he appeared in eight games and had about 13 receptions for 102 yards for the 2015 season. His game with the Rams was his last as he ended his seasons with the NFL. He did not feature in any game until on January 30, 2017, when he acquired his first coaching job with the Houston Texans who hired him to serve as offensive and special teams assistant coach. Wes ended his game with a net worth of about $20 million. The amount is bound to increase following his newly acquired job.
His Wife (Anna Burns)
Wes Welker is married to his beautiful wife Anna Burn who is a former swimsuit model, a star in her own right – she was named Miss Hooters International in 2005 and was a former Hooters calendar girl.
Although it is still not clear how the pair met, they came to the limelight as a couple in 2010 when Wes was playing with the New England Patriots. Two years after, they were engaged and in the summer of 2012, they had their wedding in Aspen. They are still enjoying their marriage together with their three children.
Wes Welker’s Brother
Wes has a younger brother whose name is Lee Welker who, like Wes, is a football player currently playing for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. There is yet more information about the young footballer.
The professional sportsperson and son of Shelley Welker and Leland Welker is 1.75 meters or 5ft 7in tall and his weight is 185 lbs or 85kg.
Where is He Now?
Wes Welker currently lives with his wife and three children in Houston city where he works as an assistant coach for the Houston Texans.