Longtime New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork announces retirement

The question of retirement cropped up for the 35-year-old Wilford immediately after his Houston Texans lost 34-16 in the AFC Divisional playoff game on January 14 at the New England Patriots - the organization with which Wilford played his first 11 seasons.

After bookending his Patriots career with Lombardi Trophies, the five-time Pro Bowler spent two seasons with the Houston Texans. He won Super Bowl rings in 2005, and 2015, and had two other trips to the Super Bowl (the Patriots lost twice to the Giants in Wilfork's tenure).

Wilfork was one of the bigger men in the National Football League, and he had no issue throwing his weight around in the defensive line.

Wilfork was a legend in New England, and fans were sad to see him go, so it's nice to see him returning.

A prankster and jokester wherever he played, here is another one of Wilfork's finest moments.

Vince Wilfork is ready to hang up his cleats.

Veteran NFL player Vince Wilfork announced his retirement Monday on Twitter, in a video post sponsored by Kingsford Charcoal, a Clorox brand. Peace out! I'm outta here!

"Well y'all - it's been a great run, but the time has come", Wilfork tweeted.

The end of the video also reveals plans for "Vince's Farewell Tailgate" in New England before the Pats' season opener against the Chiefs on September 7.

I'm sure his teammates will miss him on the field, creating havoc in the trenches and stuffing an opposing team's running back as they try to break through.

  • Stacy Allen