Vince Wilfork’s one regret: His parents didn’t live to see him play in the NFL

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During the summer after Vince Wilfork‘s freshman year at Miami, his father died of kidney failure. Six months later, his mother died of a stroke. Wilfork persevered through a college football career that made him a first-round draft pick, and a pro football career that ended with his retirement this week after 13 season, five Pro Bowls and two Super Bowl rings.

In announcing his retirement, Wilfork said his one regret about that great career is that his parents didn’t get to experience any of it.

“They didn’t get a chance to see their son live out a dream,” he said. “Physically, that hurt every day — by the hour, daily. Not a minute goes by. But I know they had the best seat in the house. Thank you, David and Barbara Wilfork.”

Wilfork credited his wife, children, family and friends for being with him every step of the way.

“To my family and friends, thank you for the sacrifice over all these years. I know it was rough sometimes with the career I had, but I think at the end of the day, it was worth it,” Wilfork said.

His parents were with him, too, if only in spirit.

22 responses to “Vince Wilfork’s one regret: His parents didn’t live to see him play in the NFL

  1. Nothing but love for sweet Vince. We all owe your parents a debt of gratitude for letting us have time with you that they did not. It has been great. See you at the cookout!

  2. I think most of us non-Patriots fans can agree that this guy is as good as it gets, both on and off the field. Glad to see that he’s had such a great career.

  3. Vince, you made your parents proud. You are a great football player and a great guy. Enjoy retirement buddy.

  4. He seems like a good guy. I kind of wished my Packers would have signed him as a free agent. He clearly didn’t have a lot left in the tank after he left the pats, but he still contributed and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind another ring.

  5. I loved watching Vince play, and I’ll sure miss him. But I wish him a great retirement and a healthy and enjoyable rest of his life. Also, I still shake my head at the moment in Hard Knocks when Vince was playing basketball. Hard to believe such a big man could move like a darn ballerina. Stud!

  6. I hope Bigman loses some weight now that he’s retired, like other guys such as Strahan and Nick Hardwick (? -former Chargers lineman) have done, so that he can have a long post-football life.

  7. I used to be a season ticket holder and got to see him once a year. He had a presence on the field, that’s for sure. He caused the Butt Fumble by driving the Jets’ guard backwards into the on coming Sanchez. I wish I could have been at MetLife Stadium to see that one replayed on the big screen.

  8. Vince was awesome, always drawing double teams. Every DT in the league should hold him as a player to aspire to. HoF material in my opinion.
    Class act all around…take care bro!

  9. Like many other defensive linemen, I’m sure his other regret was not getting a chance to sack his former QB. Even as a Patriots fan, I would have enjoyed seeing Wilfork come up the middle and land a big sack on Brady. Enjoy your retirement big fella.

  10. An amazing player with a great career . . . and more importantly, a class act all the way. I’m sorry to see him go.

  11. snake11s says:
    August 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    Vince was awesome, always drawing double teams. Every DT in the league should hold him as a player to aspire to. HoF material in my opinion.
    Class act all around…take care bro!

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    True words brother. Vince Wifork was a hoss of a Nose Guard who did his job with class and distinction. The polar opposite of that BUM, Albert Haynesworth, who wanted the BIG bucks but wasn’t willing to do the HARD work of constantly being double teamed. That would have decreased his sack numbers. but would have helped the TEAM. Most casual fans don’t realize what a NG means to a defense because he doesn’t get a lot of measurable stats. But EVERY LB will tell you a NG makes them look good by drawing those double teams and letting them get to the QB.

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