Why Welker Didn't Care for the Brady Roast, Why He Would Have Been a Good Roaster

The Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach has shown a great comedic side before
Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach before the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach before the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins wide receivers coach Wes Welker explained this week why he was not necessarily of fan of the Tom Brady Roast on Netflix, and he knows a little something about roasting somebody famous.

The Brady Roast didn't hit the mark for everybody, including Brady himself, who didn't like that some of the jokes hit too close to his children.

For Welker, he couldn't even come up with a favorite joke from the event.

“Not really," he said this week. "I was a little disappointed in the Brady Roast. There was some funny stuff and everything, but you know, it was what it was.”

A few prominent members of the Patriots were on the receiving end of some of the jabs, including Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, and Welker could have found himself in that group as well after he spent six memorable seasons on the receiving end of Brady passes — he averaged 112 catches and almost 1,250 yards from 2007-12 after the Dolphins traded him to New England for second- and seventh-round picks.

“I was not asked to be a presenter," Welker explained. "I was asked to sit on the side and get roasted, which I’m glad I wasn’t there. To each their own, I guess.”

WELKER'S ROASTING EXPERIENCE

For those who can remember, it was more than a decade ago when Welker was the one doing the roasting — and very well — and taking shots at then-Jets head coach Rex Ryan after his foot fetish became public.

Five days before the Patriots faced the Jets in an AFC playoff game in January 2011, Welker proceeded to have some fun and used all kind of foot references.

Belichick might have a sense of humor — at least some — now that he's not coaching in the NFL, but he certainly didn't at that time and he benched Welker for the first series of that playoff game. Welker ended up leading the team with seven catches that day, but the Patriots ended up losing, 28-21.

One can only wonder whether Welker would have brought up that incident had he been invited to be a speaker at the Brady event — or maybe he would have left it as a footnote in his great playing career.

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ALAIN POUPART

Alain Poupart is the publisher/editor of All Dolphins and co-host of the All Dolphins Podcast. Alain has covered the Miami Dolphins on a full-time basis since 1989 for various publications and media outlets, including Dolphin Digest, The Associated Press, the Dolphins team website, and the Fan Nation Network (part of Sports Illustrated). In addition to being a credentialed member of the Miami Dolphins press corps, Alain has covered three Super Bowls (for NFL.com, Football News and the Montreal Gazette), the annual NFL draft, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL Scouting Combine. During his almost 40 years in journalism, which began at the now-defunct Miami News, Alain has covered practically every sport at one time or another, from tennis to golf, baseball, basketball and everything in between. The career also included time as a copy editor, including work on several books such as "Still Perfect," an inside look at the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season. A native of Montreal, Canada, whose first language is French, Alain grew up a huge hockey fan but soon developed a love for all sports, including NFL football. He has lived in South Florida since the 1980s.