Ravens vs Patriots: Wes Welker's Mustache Inspires Fan Movement in Foxborough

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball off of a punt against the Houston Texans during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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There's a new craze sweeping through New England, and Wes Welker's awesome mustache is to blame.

The star wide receiver has been rocking the upper lip hair for a few weeks, and its presence has certainly been felt. Welker's lip sweater has helped power New England to a nine-game winning streak, including last week's 45-10 beatdown of the Broncos.

With the Baltimore Ravens in town this week, Welker, Gillette and the Patriots organization are taking things to the next level by launching the "Wear It Like Wes" campaign.

The Patriots will be giving out 10,000 adhesive mustaches on Sunday, and fans are encouraged to print off their own "Welker 83" playoff 'stache on Facebook.

Personally, I'm loving this promotion. Welker's mustache is the best thing to happen to facial hair since the '80s, and I'm glad the Patriots are embracing it in all its awesomeness.

Although he can't touch Tom Selleck's iconic soup strainer, Welker is in contention with Rollie Fingers and John Axford for the best mustache in the history of sports.

Welker knows just how blessed he truly is. He's been gifted with great facial hair, and it's had a positive impact on his game.

"It seems to give you power, especially late in the season and stuff," Welker said. "Hopefully here at Gillette, we'll be 'stached out and ready to go for the game."

Welker was the NFL's leading receiver this season, and his performance will be key against Baltimore's stingy defense. Luckily, he has the support of the Patriots and their fan base.

It's going to be a StacheOut in Foxborough this Sunday. Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens should be terrified.