Saturday, June 28, 2014

Patriots' Résumé - Vince Wilfork

Dear Coach,

As you know, I am recovering from a torn Achilles tendon - which sucked and still sucks, but I'll get over it just like I got over you guys asking me to take a pay cut.

Yeah, I went there.

When I decided to skip my Senior year at Miami, you drafted me in the first round despite the talk that I was lazy and unmotivated.  You took a chance on me then without knowing anything about me, and I have been considered one of the elite nose tackles in the NFL ever since.

Therefore, it hurt that you wouldn't give me the benefit of the doubt coming off of an injury year - even if it was an injury that potentially could have ended my career.  But I took some time to think it over and realized that no one - not me, not Tom, not even you - is immune to the financial limitations imposed on every team by the league.

So I signed my new contract and since I have the opportunity to earn more money on the new deal with it's inclusive playing time incentive bonuses, I will show up at Training Camp with a king-sized chip on my shoulder, looking to show everyone that my career is not over, and that being 32 years old and having a few rouge grey whiskers isn't cause for concern.

After all, I am just one season removed from a five year run on Pro Bowl and All Pro teams - and they don't just hand those things out to players who are washed up - well, sometimes they do, but I earned that recognition - and I will earn them again.

Just watch me.



P.S. I wanted to attach a pic of both of us to show some solidarity, but all I had was this pic of me giving your squeeze some!



Vincent Lamar Wilfork
Care of the New England Patriots
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Massachusetts 02035

Career Focus: 

Shoving folks around, forcing fumbles, taking on double teams and winning another Lombardi Trophy with the New England Patriots


Attended the University of Miami, electing to leave after his Junior season to enter the NFL

Professional Experience: 

April 2004 - Present:  Nose Tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League


6' 2" Tall and listed at 325 pounds - currently recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Week 4 of the 2013 Season.

Awards and Honors:
  • Five-time Pro Bowl team selection
  • One-time First team All Pro
  • Four-time Second team All Pro
  • One-time Super Bowl Champion
Regular Season Stats (142 games):
  • 469 tackles (327 Solo, 142 Assisted)
  • 16 Sacks and 25 tackles for loss
  • 4 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions
  • 23 passes defensed and 2 interceptions
Playoff Stats (18 Games):
  • 75 tackles (48 Solo, 27 Assisted)
  • 3 Sacks and 6 tackles for loss
  • 1 fumble recovery and 1 pass defensed
Volunteerism and causes:

Founder of the Vince Wilfork Foundation for Diabetes Research.  Personal website can be accessed here.

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