New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has described Wes Welker's season as "eye-catching" -- a term that could also be applied to the star receiver’s outlandish fashion sense.
In the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl clash with the New York Giants, Welker has taken to wearing a pair of bright red trousers, much to the amusement of his teammates.
Welker, who recently got engaged to swimwear model Anna Burns (below left), wears the trousers to go along with a navy blue blazer, keeping his style sense firmly in tune with the Patriots' color scheme.
The outfit has gotten mixed reviews among Patriots players, yet Welker is adamant he will be sticking with his signature look right up until game time.
"I wanted something that was going to stand out,” he told ThePostGame.com. "I mean, this is the Super Bowl so you have got to look the part.
"I had the blazer so I needed something to go with it," he says. "I picked up the trousers for like, a few bucks at some kind of consignment store, and I started wearing them.
"They definitely get a few comments, some of them not so good but most of them were pretty kind."
Most of the good-natured teasing came from the Patriots’ defensive players, whereas his pals on offense were united in their support of him. Teammates Brandon Spikes has also been cranking out the bizarre fashion this week, arriving at the Indianapolis airport on Sunday in a bright pink lounge suit (not pictured; we have standards here at ThePostGame).
Deion Branch was unable to suppress fits of laughter when quizzed about Welker’s clothing choice, but insisted the pants were "stylish," while wondering whether they might be even tighter than the pants he will wear on game day.
Certainly the Patriots players will hope that whatever the result on Sunday, Welker, and his trousers, will be back next season.
The 30-year-old is the team’s biggest name free agent this off-season and there is still no word on how strongly the franchise will try to keep hold of him.
"I would never want to think about (Welker leaving)," quarterback Tom Brady says. "Wes is one of my great friends, and I hope he's back. He certainly deserves it. He's done a great job since he's got here. He led the league in catches and yards, and he's really been an underdog. He continues to show his character. He seems to get better and certainly has a better understanding of our offense. He's a great player on this team."
So for the benefit of everyone, maybe Welker should re-sign. Nobody wants to see this guy in Jaguars teal shorts.
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