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USA Today: Wilfork plays for parents

1/27/2012

Nice piece put together by Tom Pedulla of USA Today, who profiles Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork today.

Pedulla writes:

Vince Wilfork balances an abundance of excitement with equal measure of regret.

As the New England Patriots defensive mainstay prepares for Super Bowl XLVI, the four-time Pro Bowl lineman cannot help but mourn anew the loss of his parents, who died a little more than six months apart when he was a sophomore at the University of Miami in 2002.

He was so overwhelmed by the loss he wanted to quit the game.

Now Wilfork, 30, described by safety James Ihedigbo as the "heart and soul" of New England's resurgent defense, prepares to lead the Patriots in a rematch of their 17-14 Super Bowl XLII loss to the New York Giants that prevented a perfect season.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.