Wes Welker Profiled on ‘A Football Life’



‘Wes Welker: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, October 6 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network


“Wes was everything you want in a football player.” – Tom Brady


NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, October 6 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Welker, former teammates Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, former head coaches Bill Belichick and Mike Leach, family members and more.


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Due to his size, Wes Welker was constantly doubted throughout his football career. The versatile Welker received only one college scholarship offer, and even after a record-setting career at Texas Tech, Welker went undrafted. Yet with a relentless work ethic and a unique ability to understand the game of football, Welker thrived in the NFL and forever changed how the slot wide receiver position is played.


Among the topics discussed in Wes Welker: A Football Life are:


  • Welker’s high school football coach Rod Warner reaching out to 105 colleges on his behalf and receiving only one response
  • Becoming Texas Tech’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, and setting an NCAA record with eight career punt return touchdowns
  • Signing with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent and getting cut after Week 1
  • Rising from the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad to finish the 2006 season as the team’s leading receiver
  • Being traded to the New England Patriots and the chemistry formed with quarterback Tom Brady
  • Currently serving as an offensive assistant coach with the Houston Texans


Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.


Wes Welker: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:


Wes Welker

Tom Brady – Patriots teammate

Peyton Manning – Broncos teammate

Bill Belichick – Patriots head coach

Josh McDaniels – Patriots offensive coordinator

Bill O’Brien – Former Patriots offensive coordinator & current Texans head coach

Graham Colton – High School teammate

Rod Warner – High School football coach

Mike Leach – Former Texas Tech head coach

Kliff Kingsbury – Former Texas Tech quarterback

Tommy McVay – Texas Tech Football Operations

Jason Garrett – Former Dolphins assistant coach & current Cowboys head coach

Chris Chambers – Dolphins teammate


Provided below are some select quotes from Wes Welker: A Football Life:


– “Wes was everything you want in a football player. He had such a level of production and I had so much confidence in him; so much belief in what he was doing, when he could get open. Every important play ended up going his direction.”  Tom Brady


– “If they can describe a receiver named after you, that means you’ve done something. That tells you just what a special player he was.” – Peyton Manning


– “I think there are so many instances of guys out there – they’re just good football players. Whatever they have to do to succeed and win the route or win the play or whatever it is, they do it. That’s what I feel like I did. Every single day, whatever I needed to do, I know I laid it all on the field and I have no regrets.” – Wes Welker


– “Wes has never been the biggest, he’s really never even been the fastest. I think he’s always been the strongest, mentally and physically.” – Graham Colton


– “I always felt like I was as fast as I needed to be. However high I needed to jump, that’s how high I jumped.” – Wes Welker


– “I really don’t think that he ever saw any shortcomings. He sort of assumed he didn’t have any.” – Mike Leach


– “What was amazing about him was just the relentless nature that he practiced with and played with. Wes Welker did that every minute of every day.” – Jason Garrett


This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ETBelow is a broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of A Football Life:


  • October 13 – Sam Mills
  • November 3 – Jim Kelly
  • November 10 – Larry Fitzgerald
  • November 17 – Eddie George
  • November 24 – Joe Gibbs
  • December 1 – Jerry Jones
  • December 8 – Aeneas Williams
  • December 15 – John Randle
  • December 22 – Lynn Swann & John Stallworth





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