The former New England Patriots defensive lineman announced the decision on his Twitter account. Wilfork won two Super Bowls as a Patriot, 2004 and 2014, and was a member of the 2007 Patriot team that went 18-1.
I get the feeling that the Texans were expecting Wilfork to retire after they selected former Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins in this year's National Football League draft.
Wilfork tweeted the announcement in a short video where he hangs up his cleats and picks up his grilling tongs.
Wilfork's ability to clog the middle on the defensive line was invaluable for the Patriots, a team whose defensive scheme is built around athletic, hybrid linebackers flying all over the place.
Vince Wilfork is going from the blitz to the barbecue.
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Well y'all - it's been a great run, but the time has come.
He played the final two years of his career for the Houston Texans.
Wilfork, 35, called it a career on Monday via a Twitter advertisement sponsored by Kingsford Charcoal.
"No more cleats", he says.
In addition to the retirement, the video announces "Vince's Farewell Tailgate", which will take place during the Patriots' season opener on September 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Peace out! I'm out of here. "I'll be back. But not on that field".
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