Wes Welker should have been the king of Super Bowl XLVIII's media day.

He's a perfect storm of person, player and story: clever, candid and quick-witted off the field, a four-time All-Pro on it and a stranger-than-fiction combination of rags-to-riches fairy tale and bromance-novel love triangle.

Welker's usually a great quote. He doesn't shy away from the mic, even after he famously made fun of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish and got benched for it.

He had a perfectly fine season by most standards: 73 receptions, 778 yards and 10 touchdowns is nothing to sneeze at. Welker was also part of the most prolific scoring offense in NFL history with the Denver Broncos.

He even had to step over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to get to the Super Bowl.

But as Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe wrote, there were questions about his past. His two concussions and subsequent use of a special oversized helmet, his controversial pick play in the AFC Championship Game, his crucial drop in Super Bowl XLVI and his apparently rocky relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.