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Longtime New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork announces retirement

Aug. 7 (UPI) —Vince Wilfork announced his retirement the same way he did everything during his 13-year career: in large scale. The defensive tackle released a video Monday.

Wilfork, 35, tweeted the video at noon Monday in coordination with his sponsorship with Kingsford.

“Well y’all – it’s been a great run, but the time has come,” Wilfork tweeted.

“No more cleats. I’m moving on to smoke meats fellas. Peace out. I’m outta here. Later.”

“Thought it was over, huh? I’ll be back. But not on that field. Peace out.”

Wilfork was the No. 21 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played his first 11 seasons for the New England Patriots before joining the Houston Texans in 2015.

Wilfork was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2012. He also won two Super Bowls with the Patriots.

In June, Wilfork told Barstool Sports that Patriots coach Bill Belichick used to motivate him with food. Wilfork was recently part of a petition with Kingsford to try to make ribs the national food of America.

Wilfork is listed at 6-foot-2, 325 pounds.

The 56-second video also served as an announcement for “Vince’s Farewell Tailgate.” The event will take place on Sept. 11 before the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

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