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Patriots Talk: Vince Wilfork Retirement Press Conference

Patriots Talk: Vince Wilfork Retirement Press Conference

Many Patriots players have made their departures this offseason and several have retired like Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich and now Vince Wilfork. It’s been a very interesting time as the team is now having its last practice before the tomorrow night’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Former Patriots Nose Tackle has signed a one-day contract to have himself officially retire as a Patriot. Despite his short time in Houston, he made an impact there as well. The player Vince Wilfork likely though will never be able to match the person though. Wilfork has been a fan favorite for well over a decade and won 2 Super Bowls with the Patriots and was one of the few surviving members who stayed when the team went through a decade without winning the Super Bowl.

At this time, Wilfork is just focused on having time with his family and just really doing nothing. Considering he has had a 13-year long career in the NFL and 7 years playing high school and college football, it isn’t hard to understand why.

“For 20 years I’ve been on a schedule, and the last thing I want to do is jump into something right now. I’m going to take some time. It might be a year or so I’m going to take off and kind of do things I want to do. Wake up when I want to, fish when I want to, golf when I want … just live life. Let my body relax, let my body get a feel of what life without having workouts and no schedule, being here, being there, just let my body relax and just go.”

Although Vince is now retired from the game, we likely haven’t heard the last from him. During Bill Belichick’s speech for Vince he made a joke about how Wilfork never once failed a conditioning test and always managed to stay fit for even a man of his size and stature.

In addition, Belichick regarded Vince as the “Best defensive lineman I have ever coached.” While Vince doesn’t have the stats that attract much attention from the  NFL Hall of Fame, he is still arguably one of the best that has ever played at his position.

He has been to 5 Pro Bowls(2007,2009-2012), 3 Second Team All-Pros (2007,2010,2011) and only 1 First Team All-Pro (2012). He may not have the greatest resume but his impact on the Patriots will definitely get him into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 6 years.

Patriots Talk: Vince Wilfork Retirement Press Conference
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