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164. Wes Welker
Undrafted out of Texas Tech in 2004, Wes Welker would be signed by the San Diego Chargers who released him shortly after and he was able to carve out a niche as a backup Wide Receiver and Return Specialist with the Miami Dolphins.  That itself would be a decent career for an undrafted player but the New England Patriots (who are we kidding, Bill Belichick) traded for him and he would become an elite wide out in the National Football League.

Becoming the favorite target of Tom Brady, Welker would rattle off five straight Pro Bowls and would lead the NFL in Receptions.  A two-time First Team All-Pro, Welker would assist the Pats greatly in the playoffs scoring four TDs, although he is one of the few Patriot stars of the modern era without a Super Bowl Ring. 

Of note, Welker holds the record for the most seasons with 105 Receptions (5) and as of this writing is the all-time reception leader for the Patriots, no small feat indeed.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Games Played: 175
  • Notable Statistics: 903 Receptions
    9,924 Receiving Yards
    50 Receiving Touchdowns
    19 Rushing Attempts
    151 Rushing Yards
    264 Punt Returns
    2,584 Punt Return Yards
    183 Kick Returns
    4,138 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
    1 Field Goal Attempt
    1 Field Goal Made
    109 Approximate Value

    88 Receptions
    866 Receiving Yards
    5 Receiving Touchdowns
    3 Rushing Attempts
    34 Rushing Yards
    9 Punt Returns
    84 Punt Return Yards
  • Played For: Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 2004
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Super Bowl Rings (None)
    Pro Bowl Selections (6) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
    First Team All-Pro Selection (2) (2009 & 2011)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (2) (2007 & 2008)
    All-Rookie (2004)
    Most Receptions (3) (2007, 2009 & 2011)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1) (2006)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (2007)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (6) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (2) (2011 & 2013)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards per Game (4) (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (1) (2011)
    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (4) (2004, 2005, 2006 & 2011)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Returns (2) (2004 & 2005)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (2) (2004 & 2005)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (4) (2004, 2005, 2006 & 2009)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (3) (2004, 2007 & 2009)
    Top Ten Finishes: Returns (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
    Top Ten Finishes: Return Yards (3) (2004, 2005 & 2006)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 16.  Punt Returns: 264
    20.  All-Purpose Yards: 16,797
    21.  Returns: 447
    22.  Punt Return Yards: 2,584
    23.  Receptions: 903
    33.  Return Yards: 6,722
    52.  Receiving Yards: 9.924
    56.  Kick Returns: 183
    60.  Kick Return Yards: 4,138
    93.  Yards per Punt Return: 9.8

Should Wes Welker be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 73%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.6%
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