Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has officially announced that he is retiring from the NFL. Wilfork announced his retirement in one of the funniest ways in recent memory. The announcement came at the end of a charcoal advertisement.
Did Vince Wilfork just retire in a charcoal ad? — ‘No more cleats. I’m moving on to smoked meats’ pic.twitter.com/G6gGxnflsU— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 7, 2017
Wilfork decided to hang up the cleats after 13 seasons, and decided to pick up the charcoal bags instead. Wilfork spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots and he spent the final two years with the Houston Texans. With the Patriots, Wilfork is a two-time Super Bowl champion and was selected to five Pro-Bowls.
Last season with the Texans, Wilfork recorded 21 tackles but did not record a sack. Wilfork was able to stay healthy last season, as he played in 15 out of the 16 games. Two years ago, Wilfork was one of the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks, when he showed up to practice wearing overalls and nothing else.
For his career, Big Vince recorded 559 tackles and 16 sacks. Wilfork has also forced four fumbles and recovered 12 fumbles. Wilfork will go down as one of the greatest interior defensive lineman of all time.
According to the video Wilfork posted, he will return to Foxborough for his Farewell Tailgate on September 7, 2017. That date just happens to be the Patriots season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.