During his career, he was on two Super Bowl-winning Patriots squads, made the Pro Bowl five times and posted 559 tackles, 16 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, three interceptions and five forced fumbles.
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.
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.
Wilfork announced that he's retiring by posting a sponsored video on Twitter.
Wilfork, an avid fan of smokers and all things grill-related, has partnered with Kingsford for an endorsement deal. 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.
A lover of barbecued and grilled meat, Wilfork revealed his retirement in an ad for a company that specialises in cooking meats.
"No more cleats", says Wilfork, who is wearing overalls.
"No more cleats. I'm moving on to smoke meats fellas". Peace out! I'm outta here!
The video also teased "Vince's Farewell Tailgate" set for "New England, September 7, 2017".
I'm sure his teammates will miss him on the field, creating havoc in the trenches and stuffing an opposing team's running back as they try to break through.