Vince Wilfork retired with the Patriots, and Bob Kraft and Bill Belichick had some stories to tell

We know plenty about Vince Wilfork. He was dominant on the field. He loves cooking ribs, and we know he partnered up with Kingsford to announce his retirement this week after 13 years in the league. But during his retirement ceremony with the Patriots, we learned some new things about the good-natured big guy.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft shared the story of Wilfork’s draft day, when Bill Belichick was dumbfounded that the talented defensive tackle slipped all the way to New England at No. 21. Kraft said Wilfork, whose playing weight was around 325 pounds, was so agile that he was “like a ballet dancer.”

Wilfork spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Patriots, and on Wednesday, he signed a one-day contract to retire with New England. During the ceremony, both Kraft and Belichick had plenty to say about Wilfork as a player and as a person.

Family comes first for Wilfork

The first time Kraft met Wilfork was right after the 2004 draft. Kraft welcomed him and tight end Ben Watson, the team’s first-round picks from that draft, into his office. He noticed that Wilfork was wearing a gold chain and medallion and asked him about it.

The medallion bore pictures of Wilfork’s parents, David and Barbara

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