Two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
“No more cleats,” Wilfork said in his Kingsford sponsored retirement video. “I’m moving on to smoke meats, fellas. Peace out, I’m out of here later.”
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) August 7, 2017
The former first-round pick out Miami spent his first 11 seasons in the league with the New England Patriots before joining the Houston Texans in 2015. Wilfork, 35, amassed 559 tackles, 31 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks, 26 passes defended, 12 fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and earned All-Pro honors four times during the course of his 13-year career.
The durable 6-foot-2, 325-pound interior defensive lineman played in 189 games and completed a full 16-game slate nine times. Wilfork is sure to garner Hall of Fame consideration, as he was a game-changer in the middle of the defensive line.
While Wilfork will be remembered for his play on the football field, his personality and denim overalls surely made him one of the most memorable characters in the NFL over the past decade.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 7, 2017