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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.

Vince Wilfork is hanging up his cleats.

Wilfork was a key cog to the New England defense after being drafted 21st overall by the Patriots in 2004.

Wilfork, the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champ with New England, dramatically hangs up his cleats so he can pick up some barbecue tongs and get cookin'. "Peace out. I'm out of here, later".

So it should not come as a surprise that Vince Wilfork, one of the greatest nose tackles - and personalities - in National Football League history, went out with a bang on Monday.

Wilfork will formally announce his retirement with a press conference Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

Wilfork finished his career with 559 tackles, 16 sacks, three interceptions, 26 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries during his career. When the Patriots finally opted to let him go after the 2014 season, he signed with the Houston Texans, where he played for 2015 and 2016.

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

It's could be a late one for fans of Wilfork. His final game was last January's playoff loss to the Pats in Foxboro.