Wes Welker hasn’t even been a Denver Bronco for a full season, but he’s respected enough by his teammates that they named him an offensive team captain.
He was a late addition to the captain roster because the team needed a replacement for Ryan Clady, who went on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury.
“I think it’s one of the greatest honors you can have on a football team,” Welker said.
The 10-year wide receiver has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five years and has earned All-Pro honors from the Associated Press in four of those seasons. He has the second-most career reception by an undrafted player, only trailing former Bronco Rod Smith.
This season Welker has 12 receptions for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Welker will be officially welcomed to the AFC West when the Broncos host the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
“I’ve been a part of rivalries in the past, but obviously it’s going to be a little bit different going against Oakland and seeing how the fans react to it,” Welker said. “Getting involved in it a little bit will be fun.”