Two months removed from playing in the Super Bowl, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was glad to be home on Saturday.
The former Heritage Hall standout was in Oklahoma City hosting a youth football camp at Douglass High School. The camp was for participants ages 7-14 who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
“This is home, and I take a lot of pride in that,” Welker said. “Growing up I saw a lot of talent and a lot of kids that just didn’t have the opportunities and the chances to get to play at a school like I had. It’s good to come back and show these kids that they have a chance and they can do good things for themselves. It’s just been a really cool thing to come back and do.”
Since suffering a 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Welker’s Broncos have been busy this offseason. The team has signed big name free agents Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, and DeMarcus Ware to help bolster the defense.
Like the 32-year-old Welker, who is now winless in three Super Bowl appearances, the team is focused on doing whatever it takes to win a title next season.
“I’m very excited,” said Welker, who had 778 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season. “All you can really ask for in the NFL is a chance, and I feel like we have a good opportunity ahead of us. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of commitment from everybody, but I feel like we’ve put ourselves in position to have a good chance.”
The most vital returning piece for the Broncos is future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who set NFL season records for passing yards and touchdowns in 2013. Despite the record-setting season, Manning still had to undergo a contract-mandated exam on his surgically repaired neck earlier this month in order to be ready for the upcoming season.
“I think that was just one of those things they have to do or whatever, but I wasn’t worried about it at all,” Welker said. “He played great all year, he was healthy all year, and he does a great job of showing up and working hard every day.”
The Broncos aren’t the only team Welker hopes can win a title in the near future. A huge Oklahoma City Thunder fan, Welker also gave his two cents on OKC’s chances of winning a NBA title this season.
“They’ve got a really great chance,” Welker said. “I’m really excited about it actually and hopefully they can bring it home.”