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Wes Welker acknowledges it was tough easing into retirement

Ryan Hannable
July 20, 2017 - 10:45 am

Last summer and fall were unlike any other for Wes Welker. Welker retired in 2015, so 2016 was the first time in his life he wasn't playing football.

In an interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Welker admitted it was difficult adjusting to the new lifestyle.

"The past year has been tough, because, 'What do you do?' You have nothing to do," Welker said. "So you're sitting there saying, 'What will I do with myself.' You can't just sit here and drink 12 beers a day and think everything is going to be cool. I think the main thing for me is staying busy and finding purpose and what I want to do. I think whether you have concussions or not, you have to stay active and stay passionate about something. So I think having this job and having something I enjoy and I'm passionate about keeps me busy, keeps my mind thinking, keeps me engaged, and it's something that I love. I think that's been good for me.

"Healthwise, I've been good as far as that stuff. The year off sucked. Getting through that year and then finding what I really want to do -- this is it. And just pushing forward with it and going at it like I have everything else -- just giving my best shot at whatever I'm doing."

Welker is currently a coaching assistant with the Texans.

The receiver sustained six documented concussions in his playing career, but isn't living his life worrying about any potential damage to his brain.

"I can't sit here and worry about it; I don't want to live my life that way," Welker said. "Is there a possibility [of long-term implications]? Maybe, I don't know. We'll have to see how everything kind of happens, I guess. I'm going to try to do everything I can to put myself in a position where I'm healthy and hopefully good. If I'm good, then great. At the same time, I'm not going to live my life worrying if my brain is going to explode at any second."

Welker and others were in the area Wednesday promoting Dr. Robert Leonard Hair Transplant Associates