Having caught passes from Peyton Manning in Denver this season, and from Tom Brady in New England for six years prior, Wes Welker is uniquely qualified to compare the two quarterbacks. But Welker would rather not have to choose one or the other.
Welker told reporters that he doesn’t think it’s possible to pick a favorite between the two best quarterbacks of their generation.
“It’s like comparing Picasso and Michelangelo,” he said. “It’s hard to compare the two.”
Asked if he personally prefers Michelangelo or Picasso, Welker admitted that he actually doesn’t know much of anything about either of them.
“I couldn’t even tell you,” Welker said. “Somebody threw those names at me one time and I thought it sounded pretty good.”
Welker may not know much about art, but he does know a lot about passing offenses in the NFL, and he says Brady and Manning both lead their offenses in the same way.
“There aren’t too many differences,” Welker said. “They are great quarterbacks. They do a great job of keeping guys accountable, and their leadership skills and everything else. They are two guys you want quarterbacking your team. It’s a toss-up between those two.”
Welker just has to hope that Manning plays better than Brady on Sunday.