Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork has earned his place among the elite interior defensive linemen for his run-stuffing abilities. He’s nearly immovable, and the anchor to the Patriots defensive front.
But it was his hands that were on display on two occasions in 2011, as he recorded the first two interceptions of his professional career, displaying impressive ball skills for a player of any size, much less one who checks in well over 300 pounds.
The efforts of his first interception of the season, in which he batted a Philip Rivers’ pass in the air, hauled the ball in and lumbered for an extended return headlines the top defensive plays from 2011, as compiled by NFL.com.
Wilfork’s interception was a momentum swinger, as it prevented the Chargers from narrowing the Patriots 17-7 lead late at the end of the half, and subsequently set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal as the first half game clock expired.