Former Pa­tri­ots stand­out Wil­fork re­tires from NFL

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Former New Eng­land and Hous­ton de­fen­sive tackle Vince Wil­fork an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the NFL in a bar­be­cue com­mer­cial Mon­day, a fit­ting farewell for a big guy who loved to eat.

Wil­fork tweeted a video show­ing him un-tap­ing his an­kles, hang­ing up his cleats and grab­bing grilling tongs. The video then shows the 35-year-old de­fender danc­ing, cook­ing ribs and smok­ing a ci­gar while wear­ing his trade­mark over­alls.

“No more cleats,” he says. “I’m mov­ing on to smoke meats, fel­las. Peace out. I’m outta here. Later.”

The video ends by not­ing that “Vince’s Farewell Tail­gate” will take place Sept. 7 in New Eng­land’s sea­son opener against Kan­sas City.

Wil­fork’s next stop could be the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in Can­ton, Ohio. He cer­tainly has enough num­bers and rings to merit first-bal­lot con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Con­grats on a #HOF ca­reer bro... Now you can sit back and bar­beque all you want,” re­tired NFL re­ceiver and fel­low Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes star Reg­gie Wayne tweeted.

Wil­fork played 13 NFL sea­sons, in­clud­ing the last two in Hous­ton. He said ear­lier this sum­mer he was con­tem­plat­ing re­tire­ment af­ter the Tex­ans de­clined to of­fer him a new con­tract.

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