He spent 11 seasons in New England before closing out his career with two seasons as a member of the Houston Texans.
Wilfork, an avid fan of smokers and all things grill-related, has partnered with Kingsford for an endorsement deal. In the four games with Wilfork, New England allowed 105 rushing yards per game; in the 12 games without him, it gave up 178.8.
Wilfork in his famous overalls.
"It's been a great run, but the time has come", the 2004 draft pick tweeted on Monday. As a younger player, Wilfork and ends Richard Seymour and Ty Warren formed one of the best lines in the National Football League; as an older player, Wilfork became the heart of a rebuilding Patriots defense, a mentor to many as he still played at a high level.
It's a hard look to pull off. The best part is the reaction from head coach Bill O'Brien. It's pure joy. Each person who sees Big Vince seems to go through the same series of reactions, from disbelief to laughter to flat out appreciation.
Wilfork ends the ad by saying he'll be back "but not on that field". The Texans didn't get the production out of him that they maybe wanted, but there's no doubt that there's a hole to fill in Houston now.