Patriots send DT Vince Wilfork into retirement

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) tackles New York Jets' Geno Smith (7) during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Former New England and Houston player Wilfork announced his NFL retirement Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in a barbecue commercial, a fitting farewell for a big guy who loved to eat. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots are sending former defensive tackle Vince Wilfork into retirement.

The defending NFL champions are holding a news conference to say goodbye to the player who helped them win two Super Bowls. He played in New England for 11 seasons and was named to five Pro Bowls.

He signed with the Houston Texans in 2015 and played his last two years there. His final game came against the Patriots in the playoffs in January, when he was cheered by the New England fans as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

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