New England Welcomes Vince Wilfork Back To Foxboro To Officially Retire As A Patriot
Patriots News Release...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork announced his retirement today, closing his 13–year career as one of the most productive players in the team's history. Wilfork played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Patriots and helped bring two Super Bowl Championships to New England with victories in Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl XLIX.
Wilfork, 35, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the first round (21st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. The Miami (Fla.) product spent the first 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Patriots before playing his final two seasons with the Houston Texans.While with the Patriots, Wilfork played in 158 games with 148 starts, and the Patriots owned a 123–35 (.778) record in the regular season, averaging 12 wins per season. The Patriots played in 21 playoff games, six AFC Championship Games and four Super Bowls with Wilfork anchoring the defense.
He served as a defensive co–captain for seven consecutive seasons (2008–14) and earned five Pro Bowl selections (2007, 2009–12) and Associated Press All–Pro First team Honors in 2012 and Associated Press All–Pro Second team honors in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
During his time in New England, he helped the Patriots defense finish in the top 10 in points allowed eight times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014).