Vince Wilfork signs one-day contract, retires as a Patriot

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

The New England Patriots are sending former defensive tackle Vince Wilfork into retirement.

"My parents didn't get a chance to see their son live out a dream he told them at the age of four I was going to be", Wilfork said in a ceremony attended by many players and coaches, including owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft.

"The good news is he's coming back here and asked to be a Patriot for life", Kraft said, before signing a ceremonial deal and holding up a Wilfork's No. 75 jersey. "Physically, it hurt every day".

The defending National Football League champions are holding a news conference to say goodbye to the player who helped them win two Super Bowls.

A native of Boynton Beach, Florida, Wilfork played 11 seasons with the New England Patriots, before spending his last two with the Houston Texans.

Wilfork's father, David, died of kidney failure in June of 2002, when Wilfork was a sophomore at the University of Miami.

The team signed the fan favorite to a one-day contract so he could end his career with the team that drafted him 2004.

Wilfork registered 370 solo tackles and 16 sacks in 189 games - all but 10 of them starts.

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