“Well, it’s a loss for the Pats,” I said.
“But not for Welker,” Freddy said. “According to him, he was the one making the pitch to Elway, and you can’t blame him. He wants to go out a winner. That would mean he couldn’t see the Pats getting their act together to win another Super Bowl in the time he had left.”
“Well, it must be leaving a bad taste in the mouths of the Pats,” I said.
“Some, maybe, but I doubt it,” Freddy said. “You can make a case here there’s no bad blood involved. Welker has played his heart out from the beginning. He’s taken more bad hits and kept getting up more than just about anyone. His completion records and touchdowns make him a sure bet for the Hall of Fame.”
“Patriot fans aren’t going to take this loss lightly,” I said.
“But it won’t be Welker who’ll be taking the hits,” Freddy said. “The difference between what he was asking and what the Pats were willing to give wasn’t chump change, but what he was asking wasn’t unreasonable either. Love can be a many splendid thing, but when it comes to professional sports ... well, good luck to Welker. He gave it all he had with the Pats, and he’ll keep on doing it for Denver.
“It won’t go down easy for Pats’ fans, but it’s why we call them professional sports.”
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.