Vince Wilfork Signs Patriots Contract to Officially Retire with Franchise

New England Patriots

Former Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork signed a one-day contact with New England on Wednesday so he could officially retire as a member of the Patriots.

Wilfork bookended his Patriots career with Super Bowl XXXIX and XLIX championships then played two seasons with the Houston Texans.

Belichick called being able to select Wilfork No. 21 overall in the 2004 draft one of the biggest surprises in his coaching career, as he was expected to go way higher in the draft.

"I spent 11 years here, 11 great years", Wilfork said.

Wilfork, a 13-year National Football League veteran who spent his first 11 seasons with the Patriots, is an all-time great for New England.

While Wilfork accomplished nearly everything he could on the field, he said Wednesday he still felt his National Football League career will never be complete since his parents weren't able to see it. I'm going to take some time. "Physically, that hurt every day-by the hour, daily. You made me prove it every time I stepped on the field". "For 20 years I've been on a schedule, and the last thing I want to do is jump into something right now".

Because of that, Belichick would always turn to Wilfork to be a leader of his teams, calling him the "captain of all captains". Wednesday, he announced he's retiring as a New England Patriot. "Vince is the best defensive lineman I've ever coached at that". They formed a great relationship with Belichick and Kraft, with the Patriots owner recalling the support he received from the couple after his wife, Myra, passed away in 2011. "I had the best teammates I could possibly have", said Wilfork.



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