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October 24, 2012

Welker steps up for Haverhill Boys and Girls Club

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Welker touched on diverse subjects, today’s NFL, the trash-talkers and toughest players he’s faced. Married just five months ago, he showed a focused eye on his future, both in the game and after.

“I’d like to play as long as I can at this high level, as long as my body allows it,” said the 31-year-old, who continues to take strides on assuring he gets as much as he can out of himself physically.

“For the first time in my career, I’ve brought in my own guy from Colorado to help care for my body and take better care of it. I feel great, better than I ever have at this point, so it’s definitely paying off.”

Welker talked openly about the recent ESPN E:60 feature that documented the financial struggles and bankruptcies of so many recent professional superstars, and how seeing those stories told has affected him.

“I’m pretty sure it won’t happen to me,” said Welker. “But you look around, you see friends and other players, and you know it’s probably going to happen to some of them. You do what you can to try and help, but it’s going to happen.”

A former Miami Dolphin, Welker noted he’s done some investing with his ex-Miami teammate, Rob Konrad, the North Andover native, who forged the Konrad Allen investment group in South Florida.

After a great night of food, dinner and fun, it was Windham’s Bill Deluca, who finally took care of the 400-pound gorilla standing in the room.

“So are you going to be here next year?,” he asked ­­— the question that every New England football fans needs answered.

“I definitely want to be,” said Welker. “If they want me, I absolutely want to be here.”

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