Vince Wilfork no longer is a member of the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean that he has any hard feelings for the team that drafted him.
The big nose tackle agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans on Monday, putting an end to an 11-year run in New England. But Wilfork said later that owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots organization always will have a special place in his heart.
“I’ve been very blessed and privileged to play up there and learn from the best coach that ever done it,” Wilfork said, per ESPN Boston. “Also, to play with one of the best quarterbacks that’s in the game. From my teammates, there’s nothing but love for them. They are brothers to me.
“The fans always treated me with respect. We had a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun in New England, and I’m going to cherish all of that because at the end of the day, I’ve been there for 11 years, so it’s hard to close that door on my teammates, my fans, my coaches, and the owner.”
Wilfork added that he knows that his ending up in the Lone Star State purely was based on business decisions.
“I always respected the nature of the business,” Wilfork said. “That’s the sad thing, sometimes we get so caught up in playing the game that we forget that it’s a business. I wish there was no salary cap and you can always keep every player you want, but that’s not the way the game is anymore.
“I’m just happy with the decision we made to come here to Houston, but at the same time, where I’m coming from just understand the 11 great years there from my fans, the organization and my teammates, you can’t replace that.”
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