John Welbourn was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on August 4, 2008 …. Traded to Kansas City from Philadelphia (4/25/04) in exchange for the Chiefs fifth-round draft choice (162nd overall - used on FB Thomas Tapeh) in 2004 and a third-round selection in 2005 (77th overall - used on RB Ryan Moats) ... Signed an eight-year contract extension with Philadelphia (8/10/01) ... Signed with Philadelphia (7/25/99) ... Was a fourth-round selection (97th overall) of Philadelphia in the ’99 NFL Draft.
- Welbourn is a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2003) and Kansas City Chiefs (2004-07).
- The 6-foot-5-inch, 310-pound offensive lineman has played in 103 career games with 95 starts.
- In 2007, he started every game at right guard for the Chiefs.
- Welbourn was originally drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round (97th overall) out of the University of California-Berkeley.
- Over five seasons with Philadelphia, Welbourn started all 56 regular season games in which he played and also started nine postseason contests.
- After starting one game at right tackle as a rookie in 1999, Welbourn started all 16 games of the 2000 season at left guard for Philadelphia. He started 15 contests at left guard in 2001, and opened 11 games at that position in 2002. In his final season with the Eagles in 2003, Welbourn started 13 times at left guard.
- He was acquired by the Chiefs on April 25, 2004 in exchange for a 2004 fifth-round draft choice and a 2005 third-round draft choice. He started 10 games at right tackle in his first season in Kansas City in 2004. In 2005, he played in 12 games with nine starts at right tackle. He played in nine games with four starts at right tackle in 2006, before starting every game at right guard in 2007.
2007 (Kansas City): Started all 16 games at right guard for the Chiefs.
2006 (Kansas City): Played in nine games on special teams and eight contests on offense with four starts at right tackle ... Was on the NFL Commissioner’s Exemption List vs. Seattle (10/29) and was activated on November 4th ... Saw reserve action at both right tackle and left tackle at St. Louis (11/5) ... Played in the club’s jumbo formation at Miami (11/12) ... Started at right tackle for an injured T Kyle Turley vs. Baltimore (12/10), at San Diego (12/17), at Oakland (12/23) and vs. Jacksonville (12/31) ... Started at right tackle in an AFC Wild Card Game at Indianapolis (1/6/07).
2005 (Kansas City): Played in 12 games on special teams and saw duty in 10 games on offense, starting the final nine games of the season at right tackle ... Saw action on the placement protection team vs. Washington (10/16) ... Played in a reserve role at Miami (10/21) in place of T Jordan Black, who was ill ... Appeared on the placement protection team at San Diego (10/30) ... Started at right tackle in place of Black when Black started at left tackle in place of an injured T Willie Roaf vs. Oakland (11/6) and went on to start the next eight contests at the right tackle position.
2004 (Kansas City): Started 10 games at right tackle ... Started his first game with the Chiefs at Denver (9/12). It was his first start at right tackle since he opened there vs. Arizona (9/12/99) while with Philadelphia ... Left the game in the second quarter with a right hip flexor strain and did not return vs. New England (11/22) ... Was placed on injured reserve on November 25th with right knee and right hip flexor injuries.
2003 (Philadelphia): Started 13 contests at left guard ... Suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee at Green Bay (11/10) and underwent surgery to repair the malady ... Was inactive vs. the N.Y. Giants (11/16), vs. New Orleans (11/23) and at Carolina (11/30) ... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Dallas (12/7) ... Started the club’s two postseason contests, including the NFC Championship Game vs. Carolina (1/18/04).
2002 (Philadelphia): Started 11 games at left guard ... Helped pave the way for an Eagles offense that ranked fourth in the NFL and set a single-season franchise record with 415 points (25.9 ppg.) ... Was also part of an offensive front that allowed just 36.0 sacks, the club’s lowest tally in a 16-game season since giving up 22.0 in ’81 ... Suffered a fractured fibula at Tennessee (9/8) ... Was inactive with that injury at Washington (9/16), vs. Dallas (9/22), vs. Houston (9/29) and at Jacksonville (10/6) ... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Tampa Bay (10/20) ... Opened both of the team’s playoff games, including the NFC Championship Game vs. Tampa Bay (1/19/03).
2001 (Philadelphia): Started 15 games at left guard ... Suffered an ankle injury at Seattle (9/23) and was inactive the following week vs. Dallas (9/30) ... Returned to the starting lineup vs. Arizona (10/7), helping RB Correll Buckhalter post 134 rushing yards, an Eagles single-game record for a rookie ... Started two postseason outings, including the club’s NFC Championship Game appearance at St. Louis (1/27/02).
2000 (Philadelphia): Moved to left guard in the off-season after recovering from a left knee injury that cost him all but one contest the previous year ... Started all 16 games at left guard, as well as the squad’s two playoff games ... Part of an Eagles offensive line that saw all five starters open every contest at the same position, marking the first time a Philadelphia squad had accomplished that feat since the league went to a 16-game schedule in ’78 ... Helped the Eagles rack up 306 rushing yards at Dallas (9/3), as RB Duce Staley registered 201 ground yards, becoming only the second Eagles player to record a 200-yard rushing day ... Made his first postseason start in the club’s NFC Wild Card Game appearance vs. Tampa Bay (12/31) ... Also opened an NFC Divisional Playoff Game at the N.Y. Giants (1/7/01).
1999 (Philadelphia): Started one game at right tackle ... Battled training camp injuries to win the starting job at right tackle on opening day vs. Arizona (9/12), but suffered a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee. Underwent surgery that evening and was subsequently placed on injured reserve on September 13th.
Was an All-America selection and first-team All-Pac 10 selection at left tackle as a senior at the University of California in ’98, serving as a starter in his final three seasons with the Golden Bears ... Allowed just 2.0 sacks in his three seasons as a starter for the Golden Bears ... Moved over to left tackle as a junior in ’97 and earned honorable mention All-Pac 10 accolades after going the whole season without allowing a sack ... Cracked the lineup at right guard as a sophomore in ’96, opening eight games at that spot under the direction of head coach Steve Marriucci ... Majored in Rhetoric at California and enrolled in the university’s graduate school of Education following his graduation in May of ’98.
- Attended Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills, California.
- His father Robert served as mayor of Palos Verdes, California and twice ran for Congress. He also worked as a lobbyist and John grew up meeting people such as the late President Ronald Reagan and former California Governor Pete Wilson at fundraising events, sometimes at the family home.
- Has considered attending law school following his playing career.
- As Welbourn explains, his degree in Rhetoric at Cal “was more of an English Philosophy major that was geared toward argument. It was a pre-law major more than anything.”
- Collects custom cars and motorcycles. Owns a ’69 Camaro, a ’49 Mercury, a ’74 Bronco and a pair of custom motorcyles.
- Full name: John Russell Welbourn.