Bill Belichick reacts to Vince Wilfork's retirement: 'He's a special, special player'

Vince Wilfork, who spent 11 years playing for the New England Patriots, is hanging up his cleats.

Wilfork plans to put his new career on display by holding a farewell tailgate party before the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7 in the season opener.

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Houston Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork watches from the bench during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., on October 18, 2015.

Vince Wilfork is ready to hang up his cleats. In the four games with Wilfork, New England allowed 105 rushing yards per game; in the 12 games without him, it gave up 178.8.

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Listed (generously) at 325 pounds, Wilfork was incredibly nimble and athletic for a man his size, which surprised many.

Wilfork played for the Patriots from 2004-2014 and then was a part of the Texans from 2014-2016. As a member of the Miami Hurricanes, Wilfork won a BCS National Championship in 2001. The caption came with a photo of Wilfork wearing overalls and talking to Houston coach Bill O'Brien. I know I could never do it - not in a million years.

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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.