I’m not sure who Hard Knocks has me missing more, Big Vince or Vrabel. Either way it’s clear to see what made both such beloved players in New England not only on the field but off it.
I always knew Mike was going to be a coach just because of the way he carried himself on the field. Being able to play with him and see him now as a coach, he’s the same guy. I tell guys all the time, if Vrabel gets in shape right now he probably could still play football. That’s the one guy out of all the guys I played with I think hands down he was the best all-around teammate that I ever had: Mike Vrabel. And that says a lot because I played with some great, great guys. A lot of guys are my friends. But all around from offense, defense, special teams, player, coach on the field – you name it, a friend, a mentor, everything you can name, that was Mike Vrabel. He’s still like that to this day.
Vince Wilfork on Mike Vrabel
Best of Vince Wilfork | Career Highlights | 2004 – 2015
New video alert from Mike Vaz! Awesome stuff!
Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork. He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around – just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others. There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism. He is the best defensive linemen I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.
Bill Belichick on Vince Wilfork
Thanks for the memories, Big Vince! Wilfork signed with the Texans today, a good fit for him and a good fit for New England fans who didn’t want to see him in Indy or Baltimore. Although now the Patriots not only play the Texans this year, but it also lines Houston up as a legitimate potential playoff opponent.
‘NFL Films Presents’ New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork