"No more cleats. I'm moving on to smoke meats fellas".
A barbecue bidding farewell to the big man will take place September 7 in New England, the night the defending Super Bowl champs open the season against Kansas City.
He tweeted a sponsored video Monday afternoon that showed him untaping his ankles, hanging his cleats up in his locker, and grabbing barbecue tongs. The video depicts Wilfork in a Patriots uniform, not his more recent Houston Texans attire. Peace out. I'm outta' here.
Wilfork of course became a star of "Hard Knocks" when he was with the Houston Texans, which is where we first saw those overalls - and his grilling skills.
Wilfork entered the league in 2004 after he was a first-round pick out of Miami, helping anchor the defensive line during the Patriots' dynasty of the mid-2000s.
The athlete, 35-year-old has played the last two campaigns with the team of texas.
He played 189 regular-season games, including 158 with the Pats.
Fans on Twitter were quick to thank Wilfork for his efforts on the field, and wish him luck in retirement.
Vince Wilfork ends his career with 16 sacks, 370 tackles and three interceptions.
Wilfork's final game came in New England, a playoff loss in January.