A Football Life

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  1. sport historian

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    Tonight (Friday October 6) the NFL Network features Wes Welker on its A Football Life program. One theme is Welker revolutionized the slot receiver position.
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    I was just going to post about this as I discovered it about 15 minutes in. It's worth a watch, lots of compliments of Wes along with the usual too small and too slow stuff as convenient excuses to ignore the obvious racial angle behind the way he was treated the way he was in college and the NFL until the Patriots signed him.
     
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    I knew that Bill loved him during his years in Miami to trade for him. I had no idea he played Kicker during their game against the Patriots. That explains why Belicheck wanted him since Bill loves versatility.
     
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    The Wes Welker episode repeats at 8:30 pm ET on Monday night, October 9. The early part has a lot of film of Weler's high school career. A photo shows him receiving the 1999 Oklahoma high school player of the year award from Barry Switzer. It then details the total lack of college offers.

    If Welker's high school coach hadn't known someone at Texas Tech, he would have never played at a major college and likely never made the NFL. He's called "too slow," which is belied by the films of Welker in action.
     
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    This is a must watch for everyone at CF. It was a very well done episode. At the beginning, as they are talking about why the 1999 OK State HS Offensive POY doesn't have a single D1 offer, Welker himself remarks (paraphrasing):

    "I couldn't understand it. What do you mean I can do all these things but it won't translate to college? It's all on film, right there."

    We know the answer, don't we? Luckily for Welker, circumstances worked out in his favor, hard work, talent, and determination did the rest. Many more deserving white players never get the chance.
     
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    I enjoyed the Welker documentary. He has a beautiful family and seems like a respectable guy.

    Welker is responsible for the White receiver renaissance. As good as Jordy has been, you just don’t find many 6’3” athletes with track speed and amazing hands; so there aren’t many “Jordy clones.” Welker’s production on the field was finally rewarded despite not passing the “eye test.” Unfortunately, Welker’s career numbers probably fall just short of Hall of Fame credentials. But, he had a great career.
     
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    The only reason his numbers fall short of the HOF is because Belichick needed to flex his muscle on an easy target(any white player). BB refused to give Welker 2/12 million! Are you kidding me? He had just come off a season where he had 118 receptions and 1350 yards receiving. He was 31 and could have put up similar stats for at least a few more years in that offense. Wes Welker deserves to be on the Mount Rushmore of Caste heroes. It's such a shame the way his career had to end.


    btw look at the absurd contracts given to black wide receivers nowhere near as productive as Welker. But BB chose to ship him out because of 12 million over 2 years. Sad!
     
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    Belichick has flexed his muscle many times over the years, mostly with black players. The Welker/Belichick relationship soured after Welker joked about Rex Ryan's foot fetish in the 2010 playoffs. Welker's critical dropped pass in the final minutes of Super Bowl 46 the next season likely worsened matters.

    It is sad how Welker's career ended. Brady is amazing at protecting receivers, while Manning nearly got Welker killed with his high floaters over the middle. In hindsight, Welker would have been smart to sacrifice 2 million and stay with the Pats, but it was understandable that Welker wanted to get away from Belichick at the time. What happened to Welker is why White players frequently take below market contracts to stay with the Pats.

    Welker had a fascinating career. It was a near miracle that he caught 900 balls and made around 40 million. His football career probably should have anonymously ended at some unknown college, but he was saved by two highly intelligent iconoclast coaches, in Mike Leach and Bill Belichick.
     
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    NFL Network has been running last year's Football Life about Pat Tillman again recently, since it's close to Veterans Day. If you haven't seen it, or are too young or are mostly unaware of Pat Tillman, it's definitely worth a watch. Pat Tillman is one of the most admirable American men of the past generation.

    A stat mentioned during the show is that Tillman had 224 tackles one year with Arizona! 224 tackles is beyond phenomenal, especially by a safety. The show of course doesn't mention that Tillman was under-appreciated as an NFL safety and was constantly falsely derided for a supposed lack of athleticism, and that he achieved respect only after he turned down a multi-million dollar contract from the NFL and joined the military, before tragically being killed by "friendly fire" by his own men. (I'm sure George Carlin must have pointed out the absurdity of the term "friendly fire" at some point during his career.)
     
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    From Jon Krakauer's book on Pat Tillman and other accounts, Jake Plummer was the only teammate Tillman was close to. Krakauer never explored how Tillman related to the rest of the Cardinals, or didn't relate.
     
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    Bill Cowher was the topic on today's documentary. No word on if his budding bromance with Snuffy, err Kordell Stewart was much of the documentary. Judging from the bitterness of Stewart towards his career it probably wasn't consummated....
     

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