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Houston Texans' Vince Wilfork Is Close To Hanging Up His Cleats for Good

Vince Wilfork appears to have played his final game in the NFL.

When the Houston Texans signed Vince Wilfork to a two-year deal in the 2015 off-season, the rewards of that deal would not be seen until the end of the 2016 season. 

Wilfork how has been contemplating retirement since he was asked about it at the end of the regular season. He has stated publicly that this would possibly be his final season. With the Texans bowing out of the playoffs in a loss to Wiflork’s former team, the New England Patriots, it appears Wilfork is ready to hang it up. 


"I’ll take my time and think about it, but I think I’ve played my last NFL football game. I’ll do my due diligence, sit back and see if I really want to retire,” Wilfork said in the locker room at the end of the game. 

“I don’t know how long that’ll take. I doesn’t change the fact I enjoyed every bit of my career,” continued Wilfork. “I enjoyed 11 great years in New England. I enjoyed two great years in Texas. Unbelievable teammates - I couldn’t have any better teammates from both organizations. Two owners that anyone would love to play for.”

Wilfork had his most productive season in a Texans uniform being the run stopper that he was known for with the Patriots, starting with him losing some much needed weight in the off-season of 2016. His biggest asset was how he shared his football knowledge with players like Jadeveon Clowney, Joel Heath and D.J. Reader. 

If this is indeed Wilfork’s final season he has done his job in more ways than one since arriving with the Texans.  

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