All Wes Welker did was answer a question.
NFL Network's Deion Sanders asked the Broncos slot receiver on Media Day, a few days before Super Bowl XLVIII, if he would like to go one-on-one with Seattle corner Richard Sherman.
“Yeah, any time, man,” Welker said. “I want anybody one-on-one in the slot. Any time.”
Welker is a competitive guy. What else is he going to say?
Yet that quote helped fuel Sherman and the Seahawks defense as they smothered Broncos receivers throughout the game.
“Don’t you ever say you want one-on-one with us,” Sherman said, according to the Denver Post. “Don’t you ever say that!”
Welker did his best to help the Broncos as they squared off with the league's best defense. He finished the game with 8 catches for 84 yards.
He also tried to psych up his teammates as they took the field facing an early first-half deficit.
"We're the best damn offense to ever play this game," Welker said. "We gotta start showing it, baby. Just go out there, play with your heart, do your assignment, we'll be just fine."
It was to no avail. After the game, Welker called Denver's 43-8 loss "embarrassing."