Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork announces his retirement - is he Hall worthy?

The former Patriots defensive lineman announced his retirement as an NFL player on Twitter yesterday following 13 seasons in the league, 11 of which were with the Pats.

Wilfork's next stop could be the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This is a guy who has accomplished as much as anyone on the field and who just wants to have fun without the rigors of the NFL.

The 35 year-old Wilfork played his college ball at the University of Miami and was selected by the Patriots with the 21st overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

After a brilliant 13-year career in the National Football League, Vince Wilfork has chose to hang up his cleats.

"No more cleats", Wilfork said in his Kingsford sponsored retirement video.

Houston Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork watches from the bench during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., on October 18, 2015. In each of his two years in Houston, the Texans' defense was ranked in the top 10.

Vince Wilfork officially announced on Monday that he's retiring.

He finishes his career with 16 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, 24 pass breakups, three interceptions and five forced fumbles alongside 559 tackles.

He played 189 regular-season games, including 158 with the Pats.

Wilfork's final game came in New England, a playoff loss in January.

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