Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has thrown his full support behind the possibility of an NFL franchise in London – in fact the Pro Bowler revealed that his wife, Anna Burns Welker, is fully in favour of an overseas move to the United Kingdom!
Speaking to Sky Sports at Newmarket, where his horse Undrafted ran to a fourth place finish in the Darley July Cup on Saturday July 12, Welker admitted:
“I hope we see an NFL franchise in London – I think that would be really cool. My wife keeps saying, ‘I hope you’re playing long enough so when they do have a team over there we can live in London.’ We’ll see what happens but I think it would be awesome.
“They deserve a franchise. Just figuring out the logistics is the main part, but I think it’s very do-able.”
Welker played at Wembley Stadium for the New England Patriots in 2009 and 2012, helping his team to one-sided victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams by catching a total of 16 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown.
The 10-year veteran has been won over by the British NFL fans, insisting:
“They were awesome. I felt like I was in one of those soccer games – the fans were going crazy and there were flares going off all over the place. They kind of settled down after a little while but it was pretty cool to see.”
As for his horse, Welker was proud of Undrafted’s efforts with Frankie Dettori on board, stressing:
“It was an excellent performance – he ran his heart out. There were some really, really good horses in that race and he was right there. That’s all you can ask for. He ran so good.”
Undrafted may now stay in the UK to run in the five-furlong Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday August 22. By that time, of course, Welker will be firmly ensconced in the Denver Broncos’ training camp, preparing for the 2014 NFL season which kicks off in September.
Welker enjoyed a friendly wager with Paddy Power at the weekend with the Irish bookmaker’s horse, Slade Power, winning the race. Both Welker and Paddy Power donated €5,000 Euros to the Injured Jockey Fund.