Bill Belichick: Vince Wilfork ‘Is The Best Defensive Lineman I Ever Coached’

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Many wondered why the Patriots didn’t release a statement after declining the 2015 option in Vince Wilfork’s contract.

The team was waiting for Wilfork to latch on with another team. Head coach Bill Belichick sent out a statement Monday night after Wilfork tweeted in the afternoon that he’s signing with the Houston Texans.

“Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork,” Belichick said. “He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around — just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others. There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism. He is the best defensive linemen I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.”

Thumbnail photo via Elise Amendola/Associated Press

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