Wes Welker has played in three Super Bowls in his NFL career, two with the Patriots and this year’s with the Broncos. He’s been on the losing team all three times.
Welker told the Denver Post that after an NFL career that includes five Pro Bowls, two first-team All-Pros and three different seasons of leading the league in receptions, the one thing he still wants to do is get a Super Bowl ring.
“I think it’s kind of the one thing that’s out there for me. It’s what pushes me. It’s what motivates me,” Welker said of a Super Bowl victory. “We have a great opportunity, and we want to make the most of it.”
Although Welker is an integral part of the Broncos’ offense, he was a smaller part of the Broncos’ offense last season than he had been in New England: Welker’s totals of 73 catches and 778 yards were lower than he had in any of his six years with the Patriots. (Welker did have a career-high 10 touchdowns.) It’s possible that Welker will get even fewer balls thrown his way this year, as the Broncos added receiver Emmanuel Sanders and drafted receiver Cody Latimer. Welker doesn’t worry about that.
“I don’t really think about it like that anymore. I want us to be the best team we can be, whatever that means,” Welker said. “Trust me, I understand. I’m 33 going into my 11th year. I don’t know how many opportunities I have. I want us to be the best team possible. Whoever that takes being out here and trying to help for us to be the best that we can be, that’s what I’m all about.”
Whatever role he plays this season, Welker just wants to end it with a Super Bowl ring on his finger.