Vince Wilfork announces retirement as only he can

It’s been real, and it’s time for legendary defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to move on to his next adventure. Wilfork, who spent the last two seasons playing with the Houston Texans and previous 11 with the New England Patriots shared this  farewell message on Monday.

“No more cleats. I’m moving on to smoked meats.”

In this ever-so-clever video, Wilfork chooses a set of tongs versus the classic hanging cleats in his locker.

This is the end for Wilfork on the football field as he appears to have teamed up with Kingsford to perfect his culinary skills. His farewell tailgate will take place in New England on Sept. 7.

We can only imagine what a blowout party that will be.

Wilfork was originally a first-round pick (21st overall) by the Patriots in the 2004 draft. He tallied 16 sacks, three interceptions, and 565 combined tackles over his entire career.

Wilfork, 35, will retire as a one-time All-Pro, five-time Pro-Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion. That’s not too shabby.