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Collected Wisdom: Wes Welker

The former Heritage Hall standout and New England Patriots wide receiver talks about making it in the NFL and more.
Interviewed by Jenni Carlson, Modified: July 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm •  Published: July 10, 2010
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.