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New England Patriots Links 1/25/11 - Wes Welker Regrets Press Conference, Tom Brady Unanimously Named All-Pro QB

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<em>Wes Welker regrets his press conference.  "It's just not worth it."</em>
Wes Welker regrets his press conference. "It's just not worth it."

Karen Guregian catches up with Wes Welker in the San Francisco airport, on his way to the Pro Bowl, as he talks about his ill-advised but light-hearted attempt at sticking up for his teammate.

"I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach (Belichick) in that situation," he said. "So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it."

"You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field," Welker said. "I like the fact we don’t get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it’s about football. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. That’s all that matters. It’s concentrating on your job and what you do, and not concentrating on the riff-raff that goes with all that other stuff. It’s about the team and going out there and playing good football. And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It’s just not worth it."

"It’s not always easy to keep a lid on it," Welker continued, "but at the same time, there’s a greater goal, and that’s winning the game and playing good football. That’s what matters. All that other stuff doesn’t matter at the end of the day."

When asked if he was glad the Jets didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, Welker carefully chose his answer."I think if you’re a Patriot fan, a little bit," he said with a smile.

Ian Rapoport spoke with Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis at the North team's practice at the Senior Bowl.

Me:  I have a question about Chad [Ochocinco], though I know you’ve been asked a bunch of those questions…

Lewis:  "Who? Is he in this game? Then I don’t worry about that."

Me:  Not quite in this game, but he did send me a message recently about possibly playing with the Patriots. That surprised me…

Lewis:  "Belichick’s smarter than that." (Laughs)