In the NFL, white players have become less and less common at the wide receiver position, as they now represent only a marginal fraction of the receivers who actually make a difference in the slot or as a downfield threat. However, this isn't to say that their presence is completely unknown, or has been non-existent since the league's inception. Indeed, over the years, names like Steve Largent, Fred Biletnikoff, and Don Hutson have established themselves as formidable players on the field, and even presented strong cases as some of the game's all-time best receivers.
Today, a name that stands among these ranks is Wes Welker, the sure-handed reliable receiver for the Denver Broncos who has been able to rack up incredible receiving numbers over the years as both the primary target for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Over the past seven seasons, Welker has amassed five Pro Bowl selections to go along with 745 receptions. With Peyton Manning under the helm, surpassing 1,000 catches doesn't seem impossible for the quick-footed slot receiver.
So, in honor of Welker's birthday, we decided to rank him alongside some of the NFL's other best white wide receivers to provide an idea of where he stands in the history of the league. Check out the 25 Best White Wide Receivers in NFL History.