Vince Wilfork thinks he can play at least a couple more years

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Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will turn 35 this season, and for a man his size (listed at 325 pounds, probably heavier) the pounding of all those years in the NFL has to take its toll.

Wilfork, however, says he doesn’t see any reason he should retire this year or next year.

I feel good,” Wilfork told the Houston Chronicle. “I said until I feel like I can’t perform at a certain level or my body can’t take it, or I’m mentally not there anymore, it’ll be time for me to hang it up. But I think I have a couple more good years in me. I think, mentally, it’ll go before my body will. It’s just the amount of stress over the years you’ve been in the game. To play this game, you have to be mentally there. If you’re not mentally there, I don’t care who you are. You won’t make it.”

When the Patriots cut Wilfork last year, it suggested that the end might be near. But Wilfork started all 16 games for the Texans last season and is slated to start again this year. He doesn’t look like he’s near the end.

43 responses to “Vince Wilfork thinks he can play at least a couple more years

  1. Sometimes it’s very hard for these guys to walk away–“walk” being the relative term. They are wired to compete no matter what.

  2. define “play” Tubby… go in for one play per quarter, then go to the sideline and gorge on brisket and pulled pork?

  3. During pre-season the coaching staff don’t have to wait until practice in full pads to give Vince a thorough evaluation.

  4. 2014 NE = 28 tackles in 19 games (24 in 16 regular games)
    2015 TX = 8 tackles in 17 games (6 in 16 regular games)

    He was brilliant! And is one of the most likeable characters in the NFL, but the Pats judged that drop-off versus veteran salary perfectly – as they usually do. Vince, I don’t want to ever see you retire, but you should probably make this your last year – have a good one, and thanks for being a pleasure to watch.

  5. It is really hard not to like Big Vince. He is my all time favorite Patriot. And I’ve been a Pats fan for 40 years. Good luck to him and keep playing as long as you can!

  6. sure he can play, just not well. In the top 10 of overpaid players in the league…being paid for what he did not what he’s going to do…

  7. logast says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:06 AM
    It is really hard not to like Big Vince. He is my all time favorite Patriot. And I’ve been a Pats fan for 40 years. Good luck to him and keep playing as long as you can!

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    Hate to break it to you but 2001 wasn’t 40 years ago. That’s about the time you and all your bandwagon brethren crawled out from under your rocks and jumped on the Patsy train.

  8. There rare 14 comments posted as I type this. 10 of those reference his weight. Jokes and observations about physical appearance are the lowest, and easiest form of comedy. Let’s raise the bar a bit. We’re about one step away from “Your Momma ” jokes.

  9. #wegotKnighton…said no one ever!

    Pats made a Big mistake letting Vince walk …

  10. Vince is a class act, and a true professional. Great teammate, and a freakishly good athlete for his size. It isn’t uncommon for guys at his position to play well into the late 30’s, Casey Hampton, John Randle and Ted Washington come to mind. Keep doing the damm thing Wheezy!

  11. I love Vince, but I was watching a couple of 2013 games when he was still with the Pats and he was getting pushed out of almost every play. Sometimes family intervention is necessary to make it stop; this is one of those times.

  12. The “end” for the Patriots is on a whole different level than the “end” for the Texans.

  13. Always loved Vince Wilfork. I just wish he took a pay cut to stay with the Patriots.

  14. dickebyrd says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:51 AM
    logast says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:06 AM
    It is really hard not to like Big Vince. He is my all time favorite Patriot. And I’ve been a Pats fan for 40 years. Good luck to him and keep playing as long as you can!

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    Hate to break it to you but 2001 wasn’t 40 years ago. That’s about the time you and all your bandwagon brethren crawled out from under your rocks and jumped on the Patsy train.

    Another lame comment from another crybaby.

    How do you explain selling out EVERY game since 1994?
    You can’t.

    And let’s be real for a minute. Pick any team in any sport in any city, if the team has the same run of success the Patriots have had there are going to be “band wagon fans”

    But like I said…crybaby myth # 63 “The Patriots had no fans prior to 2001”

  15. As a Pats fan of 30+ years and a huge fan of the most dominant interior lineman from 2004-2012, he’s all but done.

    He was getting pushed back in single blocks since 2014 and can’t even absorb a double team anymore which means no way they can use any 3-4, which is why he is meant to be so large in the first place.

    If anything, he’s there for leadership, but if they don’t start scaling back his snaps and he doesn’t be more realistic, he won’t make this season and he’ll be done after this year, if he even makes it.

    GREAT player, great career and a great guy, but you have to be realistic.

    I go by my eyes and they’re usually really damn good.

  16. He was the best nose tackle in the league before he tore the acl. Never seen a big man with agility like he had.

    I remember games where he spread his arms wide and literally took out not two but three Olinemen on some plays. Never seen any other Dlineman do that in 50 years of watching NFL games.

  17. 12coltsfan12 says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:35 AM
    sure he can play, just not well. In the top 10 of overpaid players in the league…being paid for what he did not what he’s going to do…
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    By definition no one being paid $5M who so much as takes the field could be considered in the top 100 overpaid

    Wilfork may not be the player he once was but in an attacking style 3-4 he doesn’t need to be. Not much surprise that a colts fan doesn’t get it or appreciate the value of leadership

  18. ^Well, Colts fans are still wondering what it looks like to see a complete team built, and not one built by a psycho fraud GM who threatens and colludes inside NFL circles to change rules, tailored to how his team is built (finesse/speed in a dome).

    That’s why they don’t appreciate the small things that make a big difference on a team or understand the sacrifice it takes to win SBs against teams not led by Grossman.

  19. He still is an effective run stopper. In a pass first league, the value in a player like Vince after he hits a certain age just plummets. I wasn’t upset that the Pats let him go, but I still root for him.

  20. One more thing on the video. Florio says he could match the SB ring that Vince finally won in his last year in New England. Vince actually won two SB rings in New England.

  21. Gotta love Vince! He know he can get a couple more AFCS banners before he retires. Who knows, maybe a good run in the playoffs too.

    The bonus is he gets to slap the Colts around while doing it.

  22. dickebyrd says:
    Jun 20, 2016 7:51 AM

    Hate to break it to you but 2001 wasn’t 40 years ago. That’s about the time you and all your bandwagon brethren crawled out from under your rocks and jumped on the Patsy train.
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    You realize the Patriots were actually appearing in Super Bowl(s) before 2001 right?

  23. Wilfork is a great player and person.

    Fat, maybe, out of shape? not really. The guy can still dunk a basketball, how many of you can?

    The Texans beat their division rivals last year and finished with a respectable 9 wins.

    If he left the game today, he could retire a patriot with his head held high.

    His position does not show up much on the stat sheet but if you know a better free agent to replace him, please offer it up.

  24. Just kidding with the diet tips from the deflator. Can’t convince the low fruit Pickers that it was a railroad job, so may as well have fun with it

  25. Took him 10 games last year to log his first tackle!!! Now no Jared Crick to play the line while Wilfork falls down and Watt free lances!!!! good job Lil Ricky

  26. Wilfork was one of my favorite Patriots. At his prime he would be double teamed and still could stuff the run and apply pressure up the middle. Time and age caught up to him. He no longer needed to be double teamed. He no longer applied pressure up the middle. He held his point but it was the LB’s that were stuffing the run and not him.

    At some point for aging veterans, as their skills and production start to decline, the Patriots will ask them to take a paycut. If they refuse, they will simply be traded and if no takers, cut from the team or not re-signed. It’s a brutal but effective way to deal with the cap.

  27. Looks like he needs to deflate a little of that weight off…You know like what Brady did with them footballs.

    BOOM!!!!

    NEW ENGLAND DEFLATRIOTS!!!

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