Vince Wilfork Speaker Profile
Nose Tackle for the New England Patriots
Vince Wilfork Biography
Vince Wilfork was born November 4, 1981 and is an Americanfootball defensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the NationalFootball League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (21stoverall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University ofMiami.
Wilfork is considered to be one of the premier nose tacklesin the NFL, and was named both to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team in 2007,2009 and 2010.
Wilfork entered the final season of his contract in 2009. Reportedly unhappywith not receiving a contract extension, Wilfork did not attend the team'svoluntary organized team activities in the spring, but reported to theteam's mandatory sessions later in the summer. In August 2009, he was named tothe Patriots' 50th anniversary team. Wilfork would go on to start the first 13games of the season for the Patriots, missing the final three games of theseason with an ankle injury before returning for the Patriots' playoff loss tothe Baltimore Ravens. He finished the season with 43 tackles and no sacks.
Wilfork's contract expired after the 2009 season. He statedthat he was looking for a long-term deal and threatened with a holdout shouldthe Patriots instead place a franchise tag on him. In an interview with theSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel he also acknowledged it would be "a dream cometrue" to play for either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Miami Dolphins.On February 22, Wilfork was assigned the non-exclusive version of the franchisetag by the Patriots, who expressed their desire to reach a long-term contractwith Wilfork. On March 5, the first day of free agency, the Patriots re-signedWilfork to a five-year, $40 million contract with $25 million in guaranteedmoney.
After starting the first three games of the 2010 season atnose tackle, Wilfork moved to defensive end beginning in Week 4 against theMiami Dolphins. He returned to start at nose tackle in the Patriots' Week 8 winover the Minnesota Vikings. He would continue to switch between the positionsfor the remainder of the season, but started all 16 games and finished with 57tackles and two sacks. Wilfork was selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl after theseason. Wilfork was named to the 2010 AP All-Pro Second Team at defensivetackle, finishing third in the voting, but also received a vote at defensiveend.
At the start of the 2011 NFL Season, he played defensivetackle when the New England Patriots move to a 4-3 defense thanks to histeammate Albert Haynesworth. In the second game of the 2011 season Wilforkcaught his first career interception against the Chargers.
Wilfork is married to his wife Bianca; they have threechildren. Wilfork also started The Vince Wilfork Foundation, a charity thatsupports diabetes research.
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