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Welker inspires 'em all

Posted by Albert Breer  December 13, 2009 08:40 PM

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And that fight allows Welker to make the big catches in the big spots, and also do all the little things necessary.

"He’s got a lot of heart," coach Bill Belichick said. "He’s a heck of a football player. He shows up every day to work. I know he’s been banged up, but he fights through it, returns punts, catches the ball, blocks. He goes into the corner after the puck, too. He’s not just scoring goals; he’s going in there and digging it out in the corner.

"He’s a tough football player. He reminds me a lot of another slot receiver that we had here for a longtime, kind of the same way."

Belichick, of course, was referencing Troy Brown.

Veteran corner Shawn Springs chose another player to compare him to. And if you know what the Redskins team that Springs was once a part of thought of Sean Taylor, you understand that comparing anyone to late ex-Pro Bowler is high praise.

"He's inspiring," Springs said of Welker. "He's very tough. He's a great football player. I admire Wes. I'm glad on a team with a guy like that. Guys like him, he motivates you. He has that Sean Taylor effect. You play with a guy often, and you just be like, 'man, you don't want to let a guy like that down.' When I see Wes, I kind of get that feeling."
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