Vince Wilfork Retires as a New England Patriot

On Wednesday afternoon Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork officially retired after playing with the team for 11 seasons.

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The press conference where Vince Wilfork announced his retirement took place at Gillette Stadium.
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Coach Bill Belichick sat down with Wilfork at the ceremony.
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Wilfork signed a one-day contract to retire as a Patriots with owner Robert Kraft.
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Among the attendants were Wilfork's teammates, including Julian Edelman.
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Robert Kraft presented Wilfork with his old jersey.
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"When we were able to select him with the 21st pick in 2004, that was truly one of my great surprises," Belichick said.
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Wilfork said, "my teammates made me who I am."
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Wilfork said he retired because he couldn't get through the mental side of it. "It was time."
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Coach Bellichick said, ""The best defensive lineman I've ever coached."
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Wilfork added, ""I had the luxury of playing with the greatest quarterback to play the game. Hands down."
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"To be great, you have to take chances."
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Wilfork played his first game at Gillette back in 2004 and his last in 2017.
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