Wes Welker

Tom Brady randomly references wife Gisele's famous dig at Wes Welker

Tom Brady randomly references wife Gisele's famous dig at Wes Welker

Wes Welker was busy coaching the San Francisco 49ers' wide receivers Monday night.

But if he had been listening to Westwood One's radio broadcast, he would have been in for a little surprise.

During his weekly interview with Jim Gray on Monday night before Niners-Cleveland Browns, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady randomly re-opened an old wound from Super Bowl XLVI, referencing the time his wife, Gisele Bundchen, took an indirect shot at Welker after his crucial drop late in New England's eventual 21-17 loss to the New York Giants.

Here's the context: Gray asked Brady, who passed Brett Favre into third place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list Sunday, what it means for him to reach so many individual milestones.

Unsurprisingly, Brady stressed those milestones wouldn't be possible without his teammates.

"Because I've been fortunate to play in the same place for 20 years with great teammates, I've been able to pile up a lot of individual statistics," Brady told Gray, "But the reality for me is, all those I share with all the guys I played with."

He then added this:

"You know, my wife said, 'He cannot throw the ball and catch it'? That's the truth. There's a lot of guys who have been on the other end of catching all those passes."

That's an interesting spot for Brady to bring up Gisele's comments, which suggested the opposite: that her husband's teammates were holding him back.

"My husband cannot f------ throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times," Gisele said after Super Bowl XLVI in response to some heckling Giants fans.

Brady's remark wasn't lost on Gray, who asked the QB how Welker would feel about Brady re-hashing his wife's jab.

"Wes is one of my best friends. He always will be," Brady replied. "Wes knows how I feel about him. What an amazing player he was."

It's been over seven years since Welker's drop, so Brady clearly feels enough time has passed to make light of his wife's stinging comments.

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Matt Cassel details how the Patriots trolled Rex Ryan for his foot fetish

Matt Cassel details how the Patriots trolled Rex Ryan for his foot fetish

Matt Cassel seemingly has a great story from his time with the Patriots every week. 

Before the Patriots dominated the Dolphins 43-0 in Week 2, Cassel talked about the team's decision in 2007 to change their mind on resting starters and go for a perfect season. Ahead of New England's showdown with their division rival New York Jets, Cassel shared another gem about former head coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish. 

During Ryan's time leading the Jets, he made headlines feuding with the Patriots and backed it up in 2010 when New York took down New England in the Divisional round. Another story that helped define Ryan's tenure in New York was his apparent foot fetish. 

As Cassel detailed on NBC Sports Boston's Patriots Pregame Live, Wes Welker saw an opening to make fun of Ryan before a regular-season matchup and he took it. The former Patriots wide receiver made just about every foot reference he could when answering questions at a press conference. 

According to Cassel, Welker conspired with former linebacker/special teams ace Larry Izzo to poke fun at Ryan. 

"You have to give a lot of credit to Larry Izzo," Cassel said. "Those two conspired on this thing and Larry was feeding (Welker) lines, and it was just beautiful stuff."

After the Jets fired Ryan, he spent less than two seasons as the head coach in Buffalo. He hasn't made a return to coaching, but if he does the trolling is sure to come back. 

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Julian Edelman becomes fifth player to record 500 receptions with Patriots

Julian Edelman becomes fifth player to record 500 receptions with Patriots

Julian Edelman joined a handful of legendary wide receivers in the Patriots' history books Sunday night. 

In the first half against the Steelers, Edelman became the fifth receiver in Patriots history to record 500 receptions with the franchise. He joins Wes Welker, Troy Brown, Stanley Morgan and Rob Gronkowski. Pretty good company.

Edelman has been Tom Brady's most trusted receivers over the course of his time in New England, which is something all of the players in the 500-catch club share with him. That trust seemingly peaked in Super Bowl 53, where the former Kent State quarterback caught 10 passes for 141 yards in the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl win. 

Entering Sunday night, Edelman ranked seventh all-time in receiving yards for the Patriots. Morgan, Gronkowski, Welker and Brown make up the top four in that order. He has a ways to go to catch them in yards, but there's no reason to think he can't make it second all-time in receptions. Welker holds the top spot with 672 catches. 

Edelman's path to becoming one of the best receivers in the history of one of the most successful franchises in NFL history was an unexpected one, but he has to be a lock for the Patriots Hall of Fame once he decides to hang it up. 

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