Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker has played with both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. In one of the subplots of Sundays AFC Championship Game between his Broncos and is former team, the New England Patriots, Welker said in a report by the Associated Press on Jan. 16 that “it’s hard to compare the two.”
As both Manning and Brady will already go down as two of the best quarterbacks in the game, Welker is one of the few players who have had the luxury of playing with both. After spending six seasons as Brady’s prime target, Welker shocked Patriots nation when he jumped ship to play for the Broncos. A reason why Welker chose the Broncos was because if he couldn’t play with Brady, he wanted to play Manning.
Although Wes Welker wasn’t the primary focus of Manning’s high-octane offense in Denver, he still finished with 73 receptions for 778 yards and 10 TDs. On Sunday he will get the opportunity to get back at his old team but in the process he would be defeating a quarterback he has much praise for in Tom Brady, a quarterback who is also one of his closest friends.
When asked to compare Brady with Peyton Manning, Welker concluded that it was something that was hard to do. He said its like “comparing Picasso and Michelangelo.”
Both artists on the field, Welker went on to try to explain the differences between the two Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
“There aren’t too many differences. They are great quarterbacks. They do a great job of keeping guys accountable, and their leadership skills and everything else. They are two guys you want quarterbacking your team. It’s a toss-up between those two.”
Welker said both quarterbacks are fun to play with and it is a sure bet that both Brady and Manning enjoy throwing to a receiver like Wes Welker.
Patriots’ receiver Austin Collie has also had the luxury of playing for both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.