TAMPA – Patriots receiver Wes Welker is in town for Super Bowl XLIII and there was a humorous moment as he arrived on the set for ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show.
While on the air, co-host Mike Greenberg touted the show’s next guest (Welker) as “the most underappreciated great player in the game today.”
As the show went to a commercial, and Welker took his seat on the outdoor set, Greenberg – a big New York Jets fan -- looked at Welker and said “Oh wait, I thought we had Jerricho Cotchery!”
There was laughter, and Welker was prepared for some trash talk during the interview.
But it didn’t happen, which had Welker playfully jabbing Greenberg afterwards.
“He was soft,” Welker said, smiling. “I was like ‘C’mon man. Really? Throw something at me.’ But he wouldn’t. He totally petered out.”
Welker is in town as part of the “Got Milk?” campaign.
“I was part of it last year, with the milk mustache, during the Super Bowl,” he said. “It’s been an honor to work with them. I’m here talking about the nutrients that milk can really give you, and the recovery after a workout.”
From a football perspective, Welker said that he has not been made aware of how the Patriots plan to fill out or shuffle their coaching staff following the departures of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and tight ends coach Pete Mangurian.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Welker, who absorbs some big hits during the season, said his body “feels great” and that he’s spent part of the last month training. He plans to return to Foxborough in mid-to-late March for the offseason program.
"I enjoy training and I've been able to train and get ready, as opposed to nursing anything, so it's been nice," he said.