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Simple mantra suits Wes Welker, Pats

Wideout balks at chance to make bold proclamation, fuel rivalry with Jets

Originally Published: August 6, 2010
By Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Up against the ESPN training camp tour bus, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker climbed the ladder that Jets coach Rex Ryan did 24 hours earlier.

Welker stared at the Jets team logo sticker affixed to the bus on which Ryan signed, "Soon to be champs."

Welker paused, glanced at the Patriots team logo on the bus and seemed to be thinking. Finally, he lifted the cap off the Sharpie, autographed his name and kept on writing just the way Ryan did.

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