Wes Welker helmet Wes Welker knocked Aqib Talib out of the AFC title game in the second quarter. Credit: Getty Images

Bill Belichick called Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game, “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.”

The NFL disagreed with Belichick’s assessment, but Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond, who may be matched up with Welker at times in next week’s Super Bowl, thought Welker’s hit was illegal.

“It was really uncalled for,” Thurmond told reporters this week. “The receiver ran right into the guy. I don’t know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way.”


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