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Red Raider Gridiron: Welker is GOAT; Marquez and Williams to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl; Amaro's Christmas Cards

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A terrific ESPN article on former Red Raider Wes Welker as he is the greatest of all time. Bradley Marquez and Kenny Williams are set to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Jace Amaro's Christmas Cards.

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Busy Day. Well, yesterday was a busy day.  One of my biggest responsibilities as a blog manager person is scheduling. My job is to make sure that everyone has a good amount of time in the front spot and on the top of the fold on the page. This is probably a silly concern, but it's the one commodity that I have that I can give to the writers who give their time to you and me.  When a day like yesterday goes down, where MikeTTU is on top of the action, it's pretty awesome to watch. Meanwhile, I'm busy typing away at the player profiles, ones that I all started on Wednesday night.  Now, I've got three player profiles that will probably hit in between today and Saturday.

As most of you know, Waco Midway quarterback Ben Hicks is set to decide sometime today about his college choice, as is Jarrett Stidham.  I won't be posting about Stidham because I'm not at all expecting any news for Texas Tech and at this point. I don't care.  As I said a week ago when Stidham did decommit, it doesn't matter why, I just have to move on and see what happens next.  Nothing is promised. Nothing is guaranteed.

Welker is GOAT.

A few years back, Chris Hicks, a college teammate of Welker's, asked him to write a letter to the football team in Hicks' one-stoplight hometown of Mason, Texas. The Mason Punchers were about to play in the 1A Texas state championship game,, and they were nervous.

Within hours, Welker sent a note:

"Let me start off by saying that I wish I could go back to high school and play another game. It's about strapping up your helmet and going to war with the guy next to you. The guy that you have had so many memories with. That if push came to shove he would do anything for you, and he knows that you would do the same for him. There will come a time in this game where you will face adversity. It's going to happen and things are going to get tough. And part of your mind will tell you that it's ok to lose and that you can't take it anymore than you have. That may be ok for you, but it's not ok for the other guys who have put blood sweat and tears into this season. The single greatest thing a team can have for each other is playing for the guy next to you! There is no better way to play than for the guy next to you. Play your hearts out for each other and you will win this game! Good luck gentlemen! Go kick some ass!"

The Punchers beat the Stamford Bulldogs, 62-40.

The link is a longform on Welker, his concern about his head injuries, his wife's concern about his head injuries, playing, his relationship with Tom Brady.  You'll love it. Take some time to read it.

Marquez and Williams to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. I'm incredibly happy that both WR Bradley Marquez and RB Kenny Williams will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, on January 17th. Congrats to both! I'm guessing that Marquez and Williams were in New York recently to see an old friend and pose for Christmas cards.