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Thank You Vince Wilfork

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Thank You Vince Wilfork! (Photo From Patriots.com)

 

Vince Wilfork’s days as a member of the New England Patriots are done, but he won’t be forgotten by the fan base of the four time Super Bowl Championship organization.

Wilfork signed with the Texans last week, and I couldn’t think of a better fit for him, outside of New England. He will be on a good defense, and be playing alongside the best pass rusher in the NFL. I wanted him to end up with a good defense and play out his final days with a good team where he can make an impact, and that is Houston with former Patriots OC Bill O’Brien.

Wilfork started his career as a Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots and has ended it the same way.

In 2004 (his rookie year), Wilfork had 42 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 FR, and 3 passes defended. In the team’s 3 postseason games, Wilfork had 3 tackles.

In 2014, Wilfork had 47 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 passes defended. In the 3 postseason games, he had 3 tackles.

In 11 seasons with the Patriots, Wilfork played 158 games, recorded 516 tackles, 16 sacks, 4 FF, 12 FR, 3 interceptions, 25 passes defended, 27 stuffs, 56 stuff yards, and 2 kicks blocked.

Stats don’t tell the whole story for Wilfork though, he was so much more than numbers for the team. He was the leader on and off the field and an ever so big presence right in the center of the defense that struck fear in the opponents Quarterbacks and Running Backs. He was the heartbeat of the defense. He was the guy that made the guys around him better on and off the field. He would make an earthquake tackle and then light up the sky with that gigantic smile of his. He was Boston’s heart for 11 years. He was the Patriot Way and showed other players the way to Patriots Way when rookies came aboard or new Vets showed up.

He helped the Patriots to add 2 more Super Bowls to their collection and add more legacy to his ever growing legacy.

He was also big in the community, helping those around Boston and beyond with his charity work.

He has his own charity called the Vince Wilfork Foundation. They support diabetes research and raising awareness of diabetes and the causes. You visit the site to learn more about it and even support it by clicking the link below.

 http://www.vincewilfork75.com/foundation/about-the-foundation

We will miss his wife Bianca Wilfork too. She was very known throughout Boston, and a constant presence at the Patriots football game to support her husband. She is big in charity work and VWF with Vince. They together showed other athletes and people in general how to love and support one another.

The number 75 is a familiar number, one of the most easily recognizable number in red, white, and blue in Boston and one of the most known throughout the NFL fan bases. It will be weird to not see it anymore on the defense when New England takes the field in September.

Wilfork may be a Texan now, but he will forever be a Patriot.

Thank You Vince Wilfork for everything and a fun ride for 11 years! It won’t be the same but best of luck to you and your family!


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