Wes Welker: The Early Years

Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wesley Welker was born on May 1, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Big brother Lee is four years his senior.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He doesn't look like a football player here, little did that rocking horse know...
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes's parents say he was always adventurous.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
And always loved all sports.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker's parents say his first love was soccer.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Big brother Lee says Wes has always been a practical joker.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
"He put his dirty gym socks that he had worn playing all day, and put them in my pillow case when I'm trying to sleep...We had twin beds and I just remember him over there laughing."
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker's parents shared some of their favorite childhood pictures with WBZ.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
According to Wes's parents, he put on his first football uniform at age six, and there was no turning back.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker attended Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He hunted duck in his younger days.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes played both running back and defensive back in high school.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
In his high school career, Welker rushed for 3,235 yards and 53 touchdowns, caught 174 passes for 2,551 yards and 27 touchdowns and snagged 22 interceptions. Welker also served as a placekicker and hit a 57-yard field goal.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
As a senior, Welker was named the Oklahoma Player of the Year by several media outlets.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He also played soccer in high school.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Parents Shelley and Leland say their family has always been close-knit.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Coming out of high school, most colleges thought Welker was too small at 5'9".
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Texas Tech only recruited him when another player backed out of his scholarship.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He went on to break receiving and returning records and earned the nickname "The Natural."
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in management.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
After graduation in 2004, Welker was not drafted.
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He ended up signing as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers but was cut after the first week of the season. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Welker went on to play three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. In 2004, he became the first player in NFL history to return a punt, return a kick, kick a field goal, kick an extra point and kick off in the same game. He did it against the Patriots. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
In 2007 Wes Welker was acquired by the Patriots from the Dolphins in exchange for second-round and seventh-round picks in the 2007 Draft. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Wes Welker: The Early Years
Wes Welker: The Early Years
He's been one of Tom Brady's favorite targets ever since. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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