After his 2013 season ended with a torn Achilles in September, Vince Wilfork’s 2014 season ended with a Super Bowl in February. And already, the New England Patriots defensive tackle has his sights set on another.
“The way I felt, there’s no way in the world this is my last season,” Wilfork told WEEI’s Dale & Holley Tuesday afternoon. “No, I’ve worked too hard to get back to this level. Body feels good, so I doubt this was my last one.
The 33-year-old Wilfork started all 19 games for the Patriots during his 11th campaign with the team, playing a total of 952 defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
He recorded 53 tackles, two pass deflections, an interception and his second Super Bowl championship along the way. But turning away from the game isn’t something the 6-foot-2, 325-pound captain is ready for just yet.
“It’s just, the things I’ve done in my career, where I’m headed, I still have a lot of football left in me,” the 11-year veteran said. “That’s how I feel. If I don’t feel like that, then I say, ‘You know what, maybe it’s the chance to walk away.’ But it might be easy for somebody like myself that’s got two Super Bowl rings to come back off of injury to get another Super Bowl ring and say, ‘Hey, I’m good. I started my career with a Super Bowl win, and I ended my career with a Super Bowl win.’ So, yeah, I could could call it quits. It’s easy for people to say that. But I’m not saying that.”
Wilfork is under contract for two more years, providing the organization picks up his option for the 2015 and 2016 seasons by March 9. He is due a $4 million roster bonus on March 10, the first day of the new league year.
He plans to be around long after it.
“I’m already looking forward to next year to see if we can do it again,” Wilfork added. “That’s where my mind frame is.”