Welker sets another NFL record
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cherokee Nation citizen Wes Welker again has his name in the NFL record books.
Despite a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 16, Welker, a New England Patriots wide receiver, finished the game with five catches for 56 yards, putting him at 100 catches on the season. It’s the fifth time in Welker’s career that he has hit the 100-catch mark, a new league record.
Before the 49ers game, Welker was tied with Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Marshall with four 100-catch seasons. Welker broke the record on a 12-yard pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.
The 49ers game gave Welker 100 catches on the season for 1,172 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, Welker was sitting at 750 catches for 8,398 yards and 36 touchdowns with two regular season games to go.
Welker has averaged 7.2 receptions per game in his six seasons with the New England Patriots since being traded from Miami in 2007.
Welker also owns the Patriots franchise record for receptions, consecutive games with a reception and ranks third in career receiving yards, trailing Troy Brown and Stanley Morgan.
Welker started slow this season, playing only 70 percent on offense in the first two games of the season. However, since then he’s heated up. Two weeks prior against the Miami Dolphins, Welker set a league record for the most 10-catch, 100-yard games with 16, passing Jerry Rice and the Texans’ Andre Johnson. He also tied Rice’s NFL mark with his 17th career game of 10 or more receptions.
In the last six seasons, Welker has more receptions than anyone else in the NFL with 654. Marshall is second on the list with 575.
Welker’s five 1,000-yard seasons as a member of the Patriots are a team record. He also now has a reception in 108 straight games.
“It won’t mean anything if we don’t win the game,” Welker said after practice before the 49ers game. “My focus is on the 49ers, trying to go out there and execute to the best of my ability and try to help us win this game.”
Welker played high school football at Oklahoma City Heritage Hall before having a stellar career at Texas Tech University. He was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins and later the Patriots.
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New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker walks on the sideline in the fourth quarter an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 16 in Foxborough, Mass. AP PHOTO/ELISE AMENDOLA