Lineman Vince Wilfork Announces Retirement After 13 NFL Seasons

By Staff  |  08/07/2017

Vince Wilfork

Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork has announced that he's retiring from the NFL after 13 years in the league.

The 35-year-old revealed the news in a tweet, which also served as an advertisement for Kingsford Charcoal, saying he would hold a "farewell tailgate" before the New England Patriots open the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7 at Gillette Stadium.

"No more cleats," Wilfork said in the video. "I'm moving on to smoke meats, fellas."

Wilfor is a five-time Pro Bowler, who played his first 11 seasons with the New England Patriots and his past two seasons for the Houston Texans.

The Patriots drafted him in the first round of the 2004 draft (21st overall). He was part of two Super Bowl-winning squads in New England.

During his career, he recorded 559 tackles, 16 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions in 189 regular-season games.