caption=Vince Wilfork at the Patriots 2008 Training Camp.
currentteam=New England Patriots
birthdate=birth date and age|1981|11|4
birthplace=Boynton Beach, Florida
debutteam=New England Patriots
* Consensus All-Big East (2003)
Super Bowlchampion (XXXIX)
Pro Bowlselection (2007)
University of Miami
New England Patriots(2004–present)
Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born
November 4, 1981in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American footballplayer who plays at starting nose tacklefor the New England Patriotsof the National Football League. He played collegiately at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (21st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft.
Wilfork attended Santaluces High School in
Palm Beach County, Floridaand was a letter winner in both football and track and field. In football, he won " USA Today"'s second team All-American honors. In track and field, he was the Florida Class 4A state champion in the shot putand the discus in 2000. [cite web | title=Results of 2000 Outdoor State Meet Class 4A | publisher=DyeStat Florida | date=May 13, 2000 | url=http://www.dyestat.com/rivals/200909.html] He also holds the Florida state high school record in the shot put with a throw of 68 feet. and this led back to the original star wars [cite web | title=Under the Helmet: Vince Wilfork| publisher=New England Patriots| date=December 14, 2007 | url=http://www.patriots.com/search/index.cfm?ac=searchdetail&pid=29624&pcid=41&rss=1]
Wilfork attended the
University of Miamiand was a star in both football and track and field (shot put). In football, he finished his career with fourteen sacks, 148 tackles (37.5 for losses), five forced fumbles, and had three fumble recoveries. In track, he holds the Miami indoor school record in the shot put.
He majored in
Late in his college career, both of Wilfork's parents, Barbara and David Wilfork, died in their late forties of natural causes within a few months of each other.
The Patriots drafted Wilfork with the 21st overall pick in the
2004 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Patriots, he compiled two sacks, 27 tackles, and three deflected passes. Wilfork saw considerable playing time during his rookie season, and helped the Patriots get back to the Super Bowlagainst the Philadelphia Eaglesin February, 2005.
Wilfork had a career-high 91 tackles in 2005; however, the defending champions were eliminated in the second round of playoffs by the
Denver Broncos. In the first round of the playoffs, New England, playing at home, defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2006, Wilfork finished the season with 81 tackles. In the 2007 season, Wilfork notched 7 solo tackles and a big 8-yard sack of Ben Roethlisbergerin Week 13 in a 34-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also selected to the 2008 Pro Bowl.
Wilfork was fined a total of 4 times by the NFL in the 2007 season. In the third game of the season he was fined $12,500 by the
NFLfor his low, late hit on Buffalo Billsquarterback J.P. Losman. [ [http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/09/26/vince-wilfork-expects-fine-for-j-p-losman-hit/ Vince Wilfork Expects Fine for J.P. Losman Hit - FanHouse - AOL Sports Blog ] ] This was appealed to the NFL and reduced to $2,500. He was fined $5,000 for a 15-yard personal foul penalty. A face-mask penalty called in the AFC Championship Game against the San Diego Chargers, while attempting to tackle running back Michael Turner. And in a game on October 14, 2007 at Dallas Wilfork was fined $5,000 for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct foul when he tangled with Dallas Cowboystight end Jason Witten. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3215704 ESPN - Patriots' Wilfork fined $5,000 for face-mask infraction against Chargers - NFL ] ] In the last game of the regular 2007 season, Wilfork placed his finger in the facemask of New York Giantsrunning back Brandon Jacobsafter a play in the second quarter. He was fined $15,000. [cite news | url = http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d805bd355&template=without-video&confirm=true | work = Associated Pressvia NFL| title = Patriots' Wilfork fined $15,000 for finger-poking incident against Giants | date = 2008-01-04| accessdate = 2008-01-04 ] The move was seen by a national television audience but not the referees on the field.
Notes and references
* [http://www.vincewilfork75.com Vince Wilfork Official Web Site] .
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