Wild ride for Welker

The legend of Wes Welker continues to grown. OK, we're exaggerating a little bit, but the Dolphins' return specialist was surrounded by television cameras and notepads on Wednesday after he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his work as the emergency replacement for kicker Olindo Mare last Sunday at New England.

Welker kicked a 29-yard field goal and an extra point for the Dolphins on Sunday, in addition to kicking off.

Not bad for a guy who had kicked only once since high school when he had an extra point tipped wide while at Texas Tech.

"It's as impressive as it gets," said punter and holder Matt Turk. "For a guy who doesn't play the position and hadn't done it since high school to step into an NFL game and kick a field goal and an extra point, it's really stepping up to met the challenge."

Incidentally, it was Turk in 2001 who was the last Dolphins player to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Welker said on Wednesday that he once kicked a 57-yard field goal in high school, but pointed out that the ball was smaller and he had the use of a tee.

At this level, Welker said his range probably could range about 45 yards.

But Welker also his well aware his kicking days with the Dolphins are over now that they signed Matt Bryant as a replacement for Mare.

As for the award, Welker said, "It's something I can remember forever and look back on."


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