Broncos receiver Wes Welker will turn 33 this offseason and is coming off a year in which he suffered two concussions, but he says he’s a long way from retiring.
Asked today if he would like to earn his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday and then ride off into the sunset, Welker said that’s not an option he’s considering.
“Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun,” Welker said. “I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play.”
Welker said he believes the NFL is taking the appropriate steps to protect players who suffer concussions, and he’s satisfied that he’s going to be OK whenever he does hang up the cleats.
“It has been great to see that they are trying to take the steps forward to take care of the players, especially since you are not getting those concussions back-to-back. The closer together you have them, the worse it is,” Welker said. “They are scary deals and I have friends that I have played with that tell me they have issues with it now. It is one of those things that you have to deal with and try to make the best decision for yourself.”
Welker believes the best decision for himself is to keep playing.