Vince Wilfork announces National Football League retirement ... in BBQ commercial

Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork made his retirement from the National Football League official Monday, in classic Wilfork style. He played 11 seasons in New England, winning a Super Bowl in his first and his final season with the Patriots.

A first-round draft pick of New England in 2004 out of the University of Miami, Wilford registered 370 solo tackles and 16 sacks in 189 games - all but 10 of them starts.

Often, high-profile athletes will announce their retirement through publications or media appearances, such as Michael Phelps' interview with the TODAY Show during the 2016 Rio Olympics or Ray Allen and David Ortiz publishing stories with the athlete-driven website The Players' Tribune. A mammoth of a man at 6-feet-2 inches and weighing over 325 pounds, Wilfork was deceptively quick for someone his size coming off the line of scrimmage.

But, Wilfork being Wilfork, he had to deliver the news in a most-unique fashion: by sporting his famous dungaree overalls and smoking some meat.

Quite simply put, Wilfork was a big dude, both on the field and off. Wilfork was surprisingly nimble and athletic for his guy his size, something that was on full display during a game in 2011 when he picked off San Diego Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers.

Wilfork wrote: "Well y'all - it's been a great run, but the time has come".

"No more cleats, I'm moving on to smoked meats, fella", Wilfork proclaimed in his own unique style. Peace out. I'm outta here.

But the announcement of his retirement was also an announcement that he has plans to return to New England- but this time he'll be tailgating. "I'll be back, but not on that field", Wilfork said.

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