Vince Wilfork has put together a long, impressive NFL career since his playing days with the Miami Hurricanes.
It appears those days have come to an end, as the massive defensive tackle seems to have announced his retirement … in a ribs commercial sponsored by Kingsford in fashion only befitting of one of the league’s biggest personalities.
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) August 7, 2017
In the video, Wilfork is seen picking up a pair of grill-sized tongs while his cleats stay hanging in his locker, before he declares, “No more cleats, I’m moving on to smoked meats, fellas. Peace out. I’m outta here. Later.”
It also says there will be a Vince Wilfork farewell tailgate at a New England Patriots game on Sept. 7 in Foxboro, Mass.
Wilfork entered the league in 2004 after he was a first-round pick out of Miami, helping anchor the defensive line during the Patriots’ dynasty of the mid-2000s. Wilfork totaled 16 sacks, five forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries in 13 seasons, 11 of which came with the Patriots and the final two of which came with the Houston Texans.
He made five Pro Bowl appearances and was named to the All-Pro Team in 2012.