WELKER AT A GLANCE:
• A 10th-year wide receiver in his first season with Denver who owns the most 100-catch campaigns (5) in NFL history while tying for the most 10-catch games (18) in league annals.
• Selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five years, earning All-Pro honors from the Associated Press in four of those seasons.
• Owns the second-most career receptions (841) by an undrafted player, trailing only Broncos Ring of Fame wide receiver Rod Smith (849).
• Totaled the most receptions (672) in Patriots history from 2007-12 to represent the most productive six-season stretch in NFL history.
• Recorded two of the top eight single-season reception totals in league history, including a personal -best 123 catches in 2009 to tie for second on the NFL's all-time single-season list.
• Averaged the most receptions (7.7) in postseason history among players with multiple playoff games played.
• Tied for the most receptions (11) in Super Bowl history in New England's S.B. XLII loss to the New York Giants (2/3/08).
• Started 86-of-102 combined games for New England after seeing action in 47 contests (3 starts) for San Diego (2004) and Miami (2004-05) to begin his career.
• Earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors during his rookie season at New England (10/10/04) after becoming the first individual in league history to record a punt return, a kickoff return, a field goal, an extra point and a kickoff in the same game.
• Set Texas Tech University records with 259 receptions and 3,069 yards during his collegiate career, receiving first-team All-Big 12 Conference accolades during three of his four seasons with the Red Raiders.
• Graduated college as the NCAA career record-holder for punt return yards (1,761) and punt return scores (8).
• Joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2013.
• Entered the NFL with San Diego as a college free agent on April 30, 2004.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by San Diego as a college free agent (4/30/04); waived by San Diego (9/15/04); signed by Miami (9/21/04); traded to New England (3/5/07); placed on injured reserve (1/6/10); signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent (3/15/13).
Welker's Single-Game Highs
(Postseason in parentheses)
Receptions - 16 at Buffalo, 9/25/11 (11 vs. N.Y. Giants, 2/3/08). Receiving yards - 217 at Buffalo, 9/25/11 (131 vs. Houston, 1/13/13). Longest reception - 99t at Miami, 9/12/11 (47 vs. Houston, 1/13/13). Receiving touchdowns - 2, 10 times, last vs. Philadelphia, 9/29/13 (1, five times, last vs. San Diego, 1/12/14). Receiving yards in one quarter - 106 (4th) at Miami, 9/12/11 (90 (2nd) vs. Houston, 1/13/13). Receiving yards in one half - 139 (1st) vs. N.Y. Jets, 11/22/09 (120 (1st) vs. Houston, 1/13/13). Rushes - 2, twice, last at New Orleans, 11/30/09 (2 vs. N.Y. Giants, 2/5/12). Rushing yards - 27 at Cincinnati, 10/1/07 (21 vs. N.Y. Giants, 2/5/12). Longest rush - 27 at Cincinnati, 10/1/07 (13 vs. Jacksonville, 1/12/08). Rushing touchdowns - None (none). Punt returns - 6 vs. Buffalo, 12/5/04 (4, vs. Baltimore, 1/20/13). Punt return yards - 117 at Indianapolis, 11/15/09 (56 vs. Baltimore, 1/20/13). Longest punt return - 71 vs. New England, 12/20/04 (28 vs. Baltimore, 1/20/13). Punt return touchdowns - None (none). Kick returns - 7, twice, last vs. Kansas City, 10/21/05 (none). Kick return yards - 210 at Baltimore, 1/2/05 (none). Longest kick return - 95t at Baltimore, 1/2/05 (none). Kick return touchdowns - 1 at Baltimore, 1/2/05 (none).
2013: Welker started 13 games in his first season for the Broncos in 2013... Caught 73 passes for 778 yards and set a career high with 10 touchdown receptions... Caught a game-high nine passes to finish with 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his Broncos debut vs. Bal. (9/5)... Caught a touchdown in his second-straight game,finishing with three catches for 39 yards at NYG (9/15)... Joined TE Julius Thomas and Saints TE Jimmy Graham as the only players to catch touchdown passes in the first three games of the season with his 12-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter vs. Oak. (9/23)... Caught a pair of receiving scores vs. Phi. (9/29)... Became the only player in the NFL to catch touchdown passes in the first five games of the season with his 2-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at Dal. (10/6)... Became the first player to catch a touchdown pass in his first six games with a team with his 20-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter vs. Jac. (10/13)... Caught a 6-yard touchdown pass to give Denver a 7-0 lead in the first quarter vs. Was. (10/27)... Set a career high with his 10th touchdown catch of the season vs. Ten. (12/8)... Caught his first postseason touchdown as a Bronco, finishing with six receptions for 38 yards in the Divisional Round vs. S.D. (1/12).
2012: Welker earned his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection after starting 12-of-16 regular-season games and totaling 118 receptions for 1,354 yards (11.5 avg.) with six touchdowns...Added three kickoff returns for 33 yards (11.0 avg.) and 25 punt returns for 243 yards (9.7 avg.)... Opened both postseason contests and caught 16 passes for 248 yards (15.5 avg.) with one touchdown to go along with five punt returns for 56 yards (11.2 avg.)...Totaled his 557th catch as a Patriot vs. Ari (9/16) to pass Troy Brown as the franchise's career leader in receptions...Topped the 100-catch mark with his five-catch, 56-yard outing vs. SF (12/16) to become the first player in NFL history with five seasons totaling 100 or more receptions...Set a career postseason high with 131 yards on eight catches (16.4 avg.) in New England's AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Hou. (1/13).
2011: Welker played all 16 regular-season games (15 starts) and totaled a career-high 1,569 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while leading the NFL in receptions (122)...Contributed eight punt returns for 82 yards (10.3 avg.)... Earned his fourth career Pro Bowl honor and received first-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press...Joined Cris Carter as the only players in NFL history with two career 120-catch seasons...Started all three playoff games and registered 19 receptions for 168 yards (8.8 avg.) with one touchdown... Tied for the longest play from scrimmage in NFL history with his 99-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Tom Brady in the fourth quarter at Mia. (9/12)...Caught a career-best 16 passes for 217 yards - setting franchise records in both categories - at Buf. (9/25)...Recorded his 500th catch as a Patriot at NYJ (11/13) in his 70th game with the organization to become the fastest player to record 500 receptions with one team...Caught seven passes for 60 yards (8.6 avg.) and added two rushes for 21yards (10.5 avg.) in Super Bowl XLVI vs. NYG. (2/5).
2010: Welker earned his third career Pro Bowl honor and was the team's recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after returning from a knee injury in the 2009 finale and starting 11-of-15 regular-season games for New England...Totaled 86 catches for 848 yards (9.9 avg.) with seven touchdowns in addition to five punt returns for 36 yards (7.2 avg.)...Converted an extra point attempt and handled a kickoff at Cle. (11/7), filling in for injured kicker Stephen Gostkowski...Recorded seven catches for 57 yards (8.1 avg.) in New England's AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. NYJ (1/16).
2009: Welker totaled a career-high 123 receptions (T-2nd in NFL single-season history) for 1,348 yards (11.0 avg.) and four touchdowns to earn first-team All-Pro honors from the Associated Press as well as his second Pro Bowl selection...Returned 27 punts for 338 yards to rank first in the AFC and second in the NFL with a 12.5-yard average...Added two kickoff returns for 45 yards (22.5 avg.)...Recorded 12 catches for 93 yards (7.8 avg.) in the Patriots' season opener vs. Buf. (9/14) before missing the next two games due to injury...Injured his knee in New England's final regular-season game at Hou. (1/3) and missed the entire postseason after being placed on injured reserve on Jan. 6.
2008: Welker earned his first career Pro Bowl selection after opening 14-of-16 regular-season games for the Patriots and catching 111 passes for 1,165 yards (10.5 avg.) with three touchdowns...Added 24 punt returns for 237 yards (9.9 avg.) and one kickoff return for 26 yards...Received second-team All-Pro recognition from the Associated Press...Set an NFL record by catching at least six passes in each of the first 11 games of a season.
2007: Welker started 13-of-16 regular-season games in his first year with the Patriots, catching a franchise-record 112 passes for 1,175 yards (10.5 avg.) with eight touchdowns to go along with 25 punt returns for 249 yards (10.0 avg.) and seven kickoff returns for 176 yards (25.1 avg.)...Named to the Associated Press All-Pro second team...Opened all three postseason games and totaled 27 receptions for 213 yards (7.9 avg.) with two touchdowns...Topped the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career vs. NYJ (12/16)...Led the team in catches (11) and yards (122) at NYG (12/29) while breaking Troy Brown's franchise single-season record of 101 receptions...Tied for the most catches (11) in Super Bowl history while adding 103 receiving yards in the Patriots' S.B. XLII loss vs. NYG (2/3).
2006: Welker played all 16 games (2 starts) and led the Dolphins with 67 receptions while placing second on the team with 687 receiving yards (10.3 avg.)...Returned 41 punts for 378 yards (9.2 avg.) and 48 kickoffs for 1,064 yards (22.2 avg.).
2005: Welker saw action in all 16 games (1 start) for the first time in his career and caught 29 passes for 434 yards (15.0 avg.)...Added 43 punt returns for 390 yards (9.1 avg.) and 61 kickoff returns for 1,379 yards (22.6 avg.)...Made the first start of his career vs. Oak. (11/27), catching one pass for 16 yards and returning five kickoffs for 141 yards (28.2 avg.).
2004: Welker, who entered the NFL with San Diego as a college free agent on April 30, played one game for the Chargers before being waived and signing with Miami for the rest of the season...Made his NFL debut and returned four kickoffs for 102 yards (25.5 avg.) at Hou. (9/12) in his only game with San Diego before being waived on Sept. 15...Signed by the Dolphins on Sept. 21 and played 14 more games for Miami totaling 43 punt returns for 464 yards (10.8 avg.) and 57 kickoff returns for 1,313 yards (23.0 avg.), including a 95-yard touchdown...Pressed into service as an emergency kicker at N.E. (10/10) when Olindo Mare injured his calf in pre-game warm ups and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after converting a 29-yard field goal and an extra point attempt as well as handling the team's kickoff duties...Posted a career-long 71-yard punt return on Monday Night Football vs. N.E. (12/20)...Recorded a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Miami's season finale vs. Bal. (1/2) to become the first Dolphins player in 15 years to return a kickoff for a score.
COLLEGE: Welker appeared in 50 career games as a four-year letterman for Texas Tech University, finishing with a school-record 259 receptions for 3,069 yards (11.8 avg.) and 21 touchdowns to go along with 559 rushing yards and a touchdown on 79 attempts (7.1 avg.) and 152 punt returns for 1,761 yards (11.6 avg.) and eight scores...Received first-team All-Big 12 Conference accolades in three of his four seasons (2000, 2002-03) and left school as the NCAA career record-holder for punt return yards and punt return scores.
PERSONAL: Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City, where he played running back and defensive back...Accumulated 3,235 rushing yards and 2,551 receiving yards during his prep career while totaling 90 touchdowns...Named Oklahoma Player of the Year by several media outlets following his senior season...Established the "83 Foundation" to provide underprivileged children an opportunity to play football in his hometown of Oklahoma City...Named the winner of the Dolphins' Nat Moore Community Service Award in 2005...Graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in management...Wesley Welker was born on May 1, 1981, in Oklahoma City.
Receiver Wes Welker admits that the offense "didn't play very well" in Super Bowl XLVIII and gives credit to the Seattle Seahawks' defense.
Quarterback Peyton Manning hits Wes Welker for a 3-yard score that gave Denver a 14-0 lead.
Wide receiver Wes Welker catches his second score of the game.
Quarterback Peyton Manning finds wide receiver Wes Welker for a 32-yard gain to the Raiders 33-yard line.