Lineman Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement After 13 NFL Seasons

Lineman Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement After 13 NFL Seasons

Lineman Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement After 13 NFL Seasons

New England drafted him the first round of the 2004 National Football League draft and he was part of two Super Bowl-winning Patriots squads. Wilfork also ranks 14th on the club's all-time tackles list, with 355 tackles in 158 games played.

He spent the previous two seasons with the Texans, notching a total of 43 tackles and no sacks during his time in Houston.

Wilfork tweeted the announcement in a short video where he hangs up his cleats and picks up his grilling tongs.

A prankster and jokester wherever he played, here is another one of Wilfork's finest moments. Fittingly Wilfork's final game was in New England, where the Texans were eliminated from last year's playoffs. As a member of the Miami Hurricanes, Wilfork won a BCS National Championship in 2001. Wilfork has invented a whole new approach that's more lucrative than any of the others. The caption came with a photo of Wilfork wearing overalls and talking to Houston coach Bill O'Brien. It's pure joy. Each person who sees Big Vince seems to go through the same series of reactions, from disbelief to laughter to flat out appreciation. "I'll be back, but not on that field", Wilfork said. Yet when you watch that video, you get the sense that they'll miss him off the field just as much, if not more.

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