Longtime NFL defensive tackle Vince Wilfork announced Monday that he was hanging up his cleats, and he did it in a video that doubled as an ad for Kingsford Charcoal. Wilfork totaled 16 sacks, five forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries in 13 seasons, 11 of which came with the Patriots and the final two of which came with the Houston Texans.
Wilfork has hung up his boots with two rings of Super Bowl wins with the Patriots.
The video ends by announcing "Vince's Farewell Tailgate" will take place on September 7, the same day that the Patriots are scheduled to open the National Football League regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs. During his time in New England, Vilfork was one of the games's best, and his stats and Pro Bowls back that assertion up. As a member of the Miami Hurricanes, Wilfork won a BCS National Championship in 2001. This is a guy who has accomplished as much as anyone on the field and who just wants to have fun without the rigors of the NFL.
Wilfork in his famous overalls.
Wilfork played for the Patriots from 2004-2014 and then was a part of the Texans from 2014-2016. I know I could never do it - not in a million years. Yet when you watch that video, you get the sense that they'll miss him off the field just as much, if not more.