Former Hurricane Vince Wilfork considering retirement from NFL

Vince Wilfork is one of many frustrated Hurricanes fans. (Getty Images)
Vince Wilfork (Getty Images)

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.”

For more, read the Houston Chronicle.

Vince Wilfork’s son dismissed from Houston football team after felony drug charge

D’Aundre Holmes Wilfork, the son of former Hurricanes defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, was dismissed from the University of Houston football team after he was arrested on Dec. 21 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Vince Wilfork is one of many frustrated Hurricanes fans. (Getty Images)
Vince Wilfork with the Houston Texans. (Getty Images)

Wilfork, 19, allegedly had 381 grams of codeine when he was arrested, and he now faces the felony drug charge, which carries a potential prison sentence of 2 to 20 years, according to the Chronicle.

Wilfork, who graduated from Friendswood (Texas) High School, was a member of the Houston football team this season but did not dress for a game. The program dismissed Wilfork, who played safety, from the team, university officials said in a statement, according to the Chronicle.

The elder Wilfork, 35, was a star at Santaluces High before playing for Miami, where he earned All-American honors. He played 11 seasons for the New England Patriots, earning five Pro Bowl selections and winning two Super Bowls, before playing for the Houston Texans the past two years.