Though no one ever questioned his intellect or his desire to play football, NFL scouts did think he was too small and lacked the necessary speed and athleticism to play professionally.
But, just like a casino slot machine can unexpectedly pay out big dividends, former New England Patriots’ and now Denver Broncos’ slot receiver Wes Welker proved all the so-called NFL experts wrong.
At just 5’9” and 185 lbs. the undersized slot receiver known as the Slot Machine defied all NFL odds and became a two-time NFL All-Pro first team wide receiver.
Wes Welker’s exceptional hands, great football instincts and consistent work ethic have served him well. They helped him become a five-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver and one of the league’s most popular players.
Expected to pay out big dividends as a Peyton Manning target in Denver again this season, it’s now time that the Denver Broncos’ slot receiver stops gambling on his own future.
Ironically, the tables have turned on Welker. NFL pundits now question his God given smarts and hope that he quickly loses his incomparable desire to play football.
Anyone with any football acumen believes Wes Welker should follow his next expertly run pass route – straight into retirement.
This past weekend, the scrappy slot receiver suffered his third concussion in less than a year. He left the gridiron with eyes glazed over and a seemingly uncertain football future.
However, by recent reports out of Denver, it appears as if Welker is still contemplating a return. That would be a huge mistake.
Unfortunately, Wes Welker would be gambling with his health and his future if he returned to the Broncos’ lineup. His shortsightedness could imperil his lifestyle and that of his family’s in the not too distant future.
“Every time you’re getting a concussion, it’s like withdrawing money from an ATM. And you don’t know how much money God has put in your account,” said Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, a neurologist and concussions expert who is director of the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.
NFL scouts have certainly regretted overlooking Wes Welker in the 2004 NFL Draft. They never imagined the football jackpot this undersized slot receiver would become.
On the other hand, may the 33 year-old Welker never regret stepping away from the game at this critical juncture in his life before he gets his metaphoric bell rung again.
Based on the fearless way he plays, Welker will certainly get popped one more time if he puts on the pads.
Sadly, for an amazing NFL player aptly named after a one armed bandit, the Broncos’ Slot Machine’s luck may inevitably run out before he even catches his next Peyton Manning pass.
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