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Vince Wilfork: 'Nothing but love' for my former Patriots teammates

3/17/2015

Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork made the announcement on Monday that he will sign with the Houston Texans.

Here's a transcript of Wilfork's comments following his announcement:

On his signing with the Texans: "Me and my family, we're excited to be here in Houston and playing as a Houston Texan. My goal is to help this team win as many games as possible and bring winning to this town. I think we deserve that, so that's my number one goal."

On how he'll fit in with the Texans' defense: "I look at it as a great fit. Being here with a coach that coached me as a rookie in RAC (Romeo Crennel) and a coach that played with me in (Mike) Vrabel. Also, Billy O (Bill O'Brien) being there for a couple years with me and (George) Godsey. Being able to have a chance to play with a dynamic player such as J.J. Watt. Also, getting (Jadeveon) Clowney going and (Brian) Cushing and Johnathan Joseph, all those guys, and the offense and what they bring to the table. It's a young, exciting team to be around. My goal is just to bring leadership, bring a lot of fun, and bring a lot of experience. I'm not a coach by no means, but at the same time, I've been on another level where I've won a lot of games and won Super Bowls. If guys want to know what it takes or how it feels, I'm here for that. At the same time, I think we can do a lot of damage here ourselves, especially winning ball games, and that's the key. The key is winning ball games, so I'm excited and looking forward to playing with these guys and playing in Houston. I've heard the fans are some great fans, so I can't wait to be a part of that."

On what he would say to Patriots fans: "I've been playing in New England for 11 years. That organization with (Robert) Kraft and Bill Belichick that drafted me, being a rookie and playing there. I played in four Super Bowls and won two. I've been very blessed and privileged to play up there and learn from the best coach that ever done it. Also, to play with one of the best quarterbacks that's in the game. From my teammates, there's nothing but love for them. They are brothers to me. The fans always treated me with respect. We had a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun in New England, and I'm going to cherish all of that because at the end of the day, I've been there for 11 years, so it's hard to close that door on my teammates, my fans, my coaches, and the owner. We built relationships over the years with the fans, my owners, my coaches, and my teammates. That's something that's going to be missed. Not being able to see my guys that I used to go to battle for every day in practice and in games. That's one of the things that I'm going to miss with those guys. I always respected the nature of the business. That's the sad thing, sometimes we get so caught up in playing the game that we forget that it's a business. I wish there was no salary cap and you can always keep every player you want, but that's not the way the game is anymore. I'm just happy with the decision we made to come here to Houston, but at the same time, where I'm coming from just understand the 11 great years there from my fans, the organization and my teammates, You can't replace that."