Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork told reporters Tuesday morning that the Texans AFC Wild Card Game against the Oakland Raiders Saturday afternoon could be his last.
“It is a possibility,” he said in front of his locker in a wide-ranging question and answer session that lasted over 13 minutes.
“I’ve been playing for awhile,” he said. “One thing I know is that I love this game. That’s one of the hardest pills to swallow when you leave something that you love, and I still love it. My body feels good, but it’s just one of those things for me is do I want to continue?”
Wilfork is in the final year of a two-year deal with the Texans. He has missed just one game since tearing his achilles in 2013 while still with the Patriots.
“I’m not walking out banged-up or don’t have nothing left in the tank. For me, it’s more mental than anything.”
Wilfork turned 35 in November and is nearing the end of his 13th NFL season. He has appeared in five Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls. He brought up the possiblity of retirement when asked how many more chances he’ll have to add to his trophy case.
“At this point of my career it’s winding down,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it, but I just think every year once you get to this time in your career for me, I always think about what I want to do, and this is one of the ones that I’m sitting back when the season’s over I’m really going to take a look at what I want to do, if I want to continue or not.”
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien seemed surprise when asked about Wilfork’s future.
“Wow, he hasn’t spoken to me about that,” he said.
Wilfork said he won’t make a decision right away, but he does have interest outside of football.
“I love horses. I love (to) fish. I love to have my own time, I don’t like to be on a schedule.”
Right now, Wilfork is scheduled to be on the field at NRG Stadium at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. If the Texans don’t beat the Oakland Raiders, that schedule could be wide open for awhile.