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Wes Welker says he will not be thinking about his costly drop in Super Bowl XLVI when he runs out for the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in the showpiece in New Jersey.
The 32-year-old famously spilled the ball just as New England looked set to avenge their defeat to the New York Giants four seasons earlier, but it wasn’t to be as the men from the Big Apple once again beat the Patriots.
It means Welker may feel he has a point to prove when he steps out at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday looking for his first Super Bowl winner’s ring.
The former Texas Tech man collected a record 11 catches in 2007, only to see his and his team’s dreams be shattered by Eli Manning’s final-minute touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.
Welker currently plays alongside Manning’s brother Peyton at the Broncos and the men from Colorado are currently the 1.770 favourites to win in comparison to the Seahawks at 2.090.
Victory for the AFC Champions would be especially emotional following coach John Fox’s heart surgery in the middle of the season and his star wide receiver says regardless of his past, he is determined to finally break his duck in Super Bowl XLVII.
“The past is the past, what happened, happened, and I’m just looking forward to this one and going out there and playing my best game and doing what I can to help my team win,” he said. “I’m very blessed to have this opportunity again and that’s all you really ask for.”
“It’s all you work for during the offseason is to get to this point and now you just want to finish it.”