Miami Hurricanes legend Vince Wilfork is considering retirement after his 13th season in the NFL.
Wilfork, who spent 11 seasons with the New England Patriots before spending his last two years with the Houston Texans, is debating whether or not he will commit to another full season.
The 35-year-old nose tackle told the Houston Chronicle, “It’s something I’ve been thinking about. It’s a possibility. I still love this game. One of the hardest pills to swallow is when you leave something you love.”
Should Wilfork decide to walk away, he would be wrapping up a career that saw him amass an impressive 370 tackles, 16 sacks and three interceptions in 189 games. He was also named to the Pro Bowl five times in his career, including a four-year stretch from 2009-2012, and was named to the All-Pro team six times.
The 325-pound Boynton Beach native’s career began at Santaluces High School where he excelled at football, wrestling and track and field. His athletic prowess led him to the University of Miami, where he was a member of the 2001 national championship team. Wilfork would go on to be selected 21st overall by the Patriots in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Wilfork’s teammate with the Texans, Duane Brown, believes that the two-time Super Bowl champion has done enough to earn a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“He’s been an unstoppable force for over a decade,” Brown told the Chronicle. “He’s done everything you can do as a player.”
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