Provided by Pro-Football-Reference. The episode was a great tale of how Welker was always overlooked in high school and college despite being described by his coaches as a perfect football player who could do anything. Welker overcame so much to get to New England and that should be that part of his story we embrace far more than one play in one game, even it was a Super Bowl. Without Welker the already-flawed Patriots were dead in the water and they seemed like they knew it right out of the gate.
The documentary highlights Welker's rise from receiving just one Division-I scholarship offer out of high school to eventually transforming the passing game at both the collegiate and NFL levels. Welker was not just a threat for Tech's high-flying offense, though, as he took over as Tech's punt returner as just a freshman and eventually became the NCAA leader with eight punts returned for a touchdown.
Welker recorded back-to-back 1, yard seasons over his final two years in scarlet and black, recording 1, yards and seven touchdowns in and then 1, yards and nine touchdowns in He ended his career as Tech's all-time leader with 3, receiving yards, a mark that has since been broken by current NFL wideouts Michael Crabtree and Jakeem Grant.
Despite his success with the Red Raiders, Welker went undrafted that next spring before the San Diego Chargers signed his as a free agent.
He spent training camp with the Chargers before being released following the first game of the season.
The Miami Dolphins immediately signed Welker, a move that paid dividends for the organization as he recorded over 1, receiving yards over his three seasons in addition to his role as the primary kick and punt returner. The highlight of Welker's career likely came during his six seasons with the New England Patriots where he redefined the inside receiver position in the NFL.
A five-time Pro selection, Welker caught over passes five times during his time with the Patriots, which included an NFL record receptions in Welker reached three Super Bowls during his career, twice with the Patriots and then once during his two-year stint with the Denver Broncos.
Welker caught 73 passes for yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns during his first year in Denver in and then helped power the Manning-led offense to a Super Bowl title the following year.
The Super Bowl ring was the first for Welker, who played the campaign for the St. Louis Rams before retiring as one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history.
Over his 12 professional seasons, Welker caught an astounding passes for 9, yards and 50 touchdowns. Welker was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in He is currently an offensive and special teams assistant for O'Brien's staff with the Houston Texans, the first coaching position of his career.
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