Houston Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has announced his retirement from the NFL in fitting fashion.
Instead of an emotional press conference or a teary-eyed halftime ceremony, Wilfork opted to go out with a bang, celebrating his career with ribs and an endorsement deal from Kingsford charcoal.
Wilfork posted the commercial to his Twitter feed:
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) August 7,2017
The video ends with a promo for “Vince’s farewell tailgate” scheduled for September 7th in “New England,” which suggests he will make an appearance before the Patriots’ season opener against Kansas City.
Wilfork’s NFL career began with the Patriots when he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft. He won two Super Bowls in 11 seasons with the Pats before moving to the Houston Texans for the final two seasons of his career.
Fans on Twitter were quick to thank Wilfork for his efforts on the field, and wish him luck in retirement.
he briefly led the league in interceptions that season!! i’ll never forget that. and of course the buttfumble he caused on thanksgiving!! pic.twitter.com/1z7W3jgvLm
— abdul ???? (@Advil) August 7, 2017
Always a Patriot! Thanks for everything Big V!!! pic.twitter.com/bW82MM1PoA
— Will Brabrook (@WillBrabrook) August 7, 2017
— Justin Matters (@JMATTERS9) August 7, 2017
One of the most fun players to watch on and off the field. Great career my man!!
— #Champsby2020 (@McmullinScott) August 7, 2017