Wes Welker is a man with a new head of hair, and he wants to tell you all about it.
USA Today's Chris Strauss managed an interview with the Denver Broncos receiver, who is sporting far more hair than he used to atop his head.
It seems that last summer Welker decided to undergo a hair transplant procedure that he is more than willing to make public. While others might want to hide the source of their newfound follicles, Welker is standing tall and making that mop visible to all of his fans.
For a comparison, here is an image of Welker before Rhode Island's Dr. Robert Leonard performed the procedure last July:
And for evidence that such measures can work, here is a recent photo of the 32-year-old NFL star:
Just from a brief glance, there is nothing that would alert me to Welker having anything done. I am not here to advocate for every man suffering from thinning hair to jump on the hair-transplant bandwagon, I'm just saying Dr. Leonard did a solid job.
Welker, though, is hardly trying to keep this a secret, because he disclosed a great deal to Strauss, even the patience needed to see results:
[The growth] doesn’t happen right away. You start to see a little bit after two or three months and in six months you get to see a little more. Once you get up to a year you’re really starting to see the difference. It takes a full 18 months till it’s fully grown in.
Bountiful hair, it seems, comes to those who wait.
Welker also wants everyone to know that there is no shame in getting such a procedure, nor should there be:
It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If you want to have hair, have hair. I don’t like to sit there and say 'What are you talking about? I never got my hair done.' People can notice it without wondering.
With that, there is hope for all you George Costanzas of the world who grasp every last hair follicle you have remaining.
Welker garnered more than 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season for the Patriots but will now suit up for the Broncos.
That didn't negate a local Boston station from asking the receiver about a former teammate's very famous head of hair.
As Strauss notes, Welker was asked by WHDH whether Tom Brady might have had a similar procedure. With a smile, Welker stated, "You know what—that’s still out for debate. He claims he hasn't but who knows."
We now have our next ridiculous sports debate to keep us entertained until the season finally arrives.
As for Welker, we look forward to his continued hair progression. Still, we don't think Troy Polamalu has anything to worry about in the NFL hair department.