A Small Patriots Receiver Ends Up Being the Biggest Target of All

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter, when the Patriots needed a reception, quarterback Tom Brady scanned the field for the little guy with the No. 83 jersey streaked with red paint.

Welker was regarded as too small and too slow as a high school senior and went begging for a college football scholarship. He secured one at Texas Tech a week after signing day because another player backed out.

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