One of the main reasons why American football, despite its complexity, is so popular in other sports in the country is that over the years it has been able to boast great players like Wes Welker who have gone to great lengths to make it look easy and 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 at receptions in 2007, 2009 and 2011 with the New England Patriots. His successful career has certainly 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 Wesley Carter Welker on 1 May 1981, and his career as a footballer began at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City, where he held several senior positions that contributed to his team’s wins. During his junior years, for example, his three touchdowns, 47-yard field goal, over 200 all-purpose yards, and an interception helped him lead the 2A State Football Championship over Tishomingo High School. Even during his time at the Iol Bowl in 2000, Wes, already named Daily Oklahoman All-State Player of the Year, scored a 40-yard field goal for the Oklahoma team. Thanks to his skillful accomplishments during his high school years, he successfully earned a scholarship to Texas Tech, where he demonstrated his soccer skills by playing for the Texas Tech Red Raiders soccer team. There he won the Mosi Tatupu Prize after breaking the NCAA record for touchdowns and return punts.
As a professional player Wes Welker played for teams such as the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, and the St.Louis Rams. He was first contracted with the San Diego Chargers in 2004 as an undeveloped free agent. In the same year, he moved to the Miami Dolphins, where he signed a two-year contract with them. In the Dolphins, where he was mainly used at special times, Wes was successful, becoming the second player in the history of the National Football League to score a tackle, a kick-off, and a punt in a single game, an extra point, and a field goal.
In 2007 he signed with the New England Patriots, where his career got higher and possibly even better. Wes played with the team for about five years and enjoyed much of his career success there – from 2007 to 2009 he led the NFL with a total of 346 receptions. With a team record of 123 in 2009, 112 catches in 2007, and 111 in 2008, he also exceeded three single-season records. Under his five-year contract with the Patriots, Welker achieved a top spot in the rankings after reaching 500 receptions in just 70 games and catching more passes than any other player in the league.
Welker worked with the Denver Broncos between 2013 and 2015 after signing a two-year contract worth $12 million. During his time with the Denver Broncos, he was able to score good receptions and touchdowns against professional clubs like the Baltimore Ravens, the Tennessee Titans, and the San Francisco 49ers and even against the San Diego Chargers, his former team. The crowning glory was winning his third AFC Championship and his third appearance in the Super Bowl after helping the Broncos beat his former team, the New England Patriots.
After his career with the Broncos, he signed a one-year contract worth $1.8 million with the St. Louis Rams, with whom he played eight games and played some 13 receptions for 102 yards in the 2015 season. His game with the Rams was his last, as he finished his seasons in the NFL. He did not play in any matches until 30 January 2017, when he got his first coaching job with Houston Texans, who hired him as an assistant coach for offensive and special teams. Wes finished his game with a net worth of about $20 million. The amount will inevitably increase according to 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 couple met, they came into the spotlight as a couple in 2010 when Wes played with the New England Patriots. Two years later they got engaged and in summer 2012 they got married in Aspen. They still enjoy their marriage together with their three children.
Wes Welker’s Brother
Wes has a younger brother named Lee Welker who, like Wes, is a soccer player who currently plays for the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. There is even more information about the young footballer.
The professional athlete and son of Shelley Welker and Leland Welker are 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 the city of Houston, where he works as an assistant coach for the Houston Texans.