New England Patriots wide receiver Former Heritage Hall standout Age: 29 Hometown: Oklahoma City Wes Welker has had a busy offseason. The Patriots wide receiver tore his ACL in the regular-season finale on Jan. 3 and has spent the offseason trying to get ready for training camp. He stopped to reflect on his journey from Heritage Hall to the NFL.: My proudest moment was definitely making it in the NFL, making the team. When you're a free agent, there's that day where you don't know what's going to happen. Then, I get cut a week later. It was pretty low. It was like, “What's going to happen? This is bull.” I don't think people really realize the work that's put in. There's never really an offseason. It's constantly doing something. You always hate feeling out of shape, so you're always doing something, you're always pushing yourself and training and doing something to try to improve your game at all times. I like having a job. I enjoy making money. Obviously, that pushes me, but at the same time, I love the game and I love playing. I always love being out there in top, mint condition and seeing the other guy dying during a two-minute drill and I'm still feeling fresh. It sucks to have to do everything possible to get to that point, but when you get to that point, it's a great feeling. It's like, “I can work this guy all day.” The best advice I got ... would be, “Go north and south.” You're not in middle school anymore where you can just outrun everybody to the sideline, so get north and south. Another one is, “Don't catch the ball with your hands. Catch it with your eyes.” You think about it, and you do. Your hands are there, but you look it in. Most of the time it's your eyes losing focus. While I was in San Diego, my position coach there was James Lofton. Every route could be run better. There's always something to it that could've been a little bit better. It almost becomes an art. You love the crowd. You love everything like that. But for the most part, you just focus so hard on doing your job. If you start getting caught up in everything else, you lose focus. You've got to stay sharp on every single play to not bust a play. I think you go through stages where you kind of get comfortable and you kind of slow down. You're not the same player you could've been. All of a sudden, you're like, “Wait a second, I've got to stay on top of it and make sure I'm working hard.” Don't forget to do the things that got you there. Don't get comfortable. Just keep on trucking along and keep on working hard. I don't like snakes. I'll tell you what happened. I had snakes growing up. I had this snake, and he got out of his cage. We couldn't find him. It was a mean snake. Ever since then, I was like, “I don't like these snakes, man.” Chocolate. That's my guilty pleasure. My mom made me a brownie sundae the other night. I didn't want to do it, but I had to.