Foxborough (CBS HOUSTON) – For Houston Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork the final game of his career might have come at the place where he played the most career games. After the Texans 34-16 loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday Night, Wilfork a 13-year NFL veteran sounds like he’s done playing football.
“I think I have played my last NFL football game,” Wilfork said. “I will take the time and do my due diligence and sit back and see if I really want to retire. We will see.”
Though Wilfork only played two years with the Texans he made an impact on a number of players.
“He pushed me,” defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said after the game. “He pushed me every day. I appreciate him. I tell the coaches, ‘we need him’.”
Wilfork didn’t give a timetable for when he would make a decision, just that it’s been a good run.
“I enjoyed every bit of my career; I enjoyed 11 great years in New England and enjoyed two great years in Texas with unbelievable teammates. I couldn’t have any better teammates from both organizations and you talk about the organizations themselves and you talk about top of the class. These two owners that anyone would love to play for.”
Many members of the Texans defense talked about how much Wilfork meant to the Texans in his two years with the team.
“I told [Wilfork] I’d give him everything I got today, especially since I knew it was his last game,” Clowney said. “He was a big, big, big help for this defense to have him out there. He’s going to be missed next year.”
“He’s a hell of a player and it was a great experience,” Linebacker Brian Cushing said Wilfork. “I hope he decides to continue to play but fi he doesn’t, it was a great experience playing with him.”
“It’s definitely been an honor,” Jonathan Joseph said of Wilfork. “He brings so much to the table. If this was his last game, he definitely has a ton of respect from me and every guy in this locker room.”
“He’s going to be missed,” Cornerback A.J. Bouye said. “If he decides to come back, we’re going to play for him for another year. We’ll see what happens.”