Former Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork earned an invite from Bill Belichick to speak to the team following Thursday’s practice.
Wilfork, who retired after the 2016 season and signed a one-day contract with New England to retire a Patriot, encouraged the team to stay focused amid the distractions of Super Bowl week.
“He’s a great leader for us, team captain 11 years,” Belichick said, via the practice pool report. “A lot of friends here on the team, some new faces. But a guy that was very well respected and had tremendous leadership on the team. It was good to see him.”