Vince Wilfork anchors Pats' defense

Bill Belichick, teammates speak highly of massive lineman's skills, leadership

Updated: January 20, 2012, 12:10 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was just before noon on Wednesday morning when New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork rumbled into the Gillette Stadium media room for a midweek interview. As Wilfork took the podium, his navy hooded sweatshirt billowed out beneath him like the mainsail of a great yacht.

There was no danger of Bill Belichick borrowing this hoodie for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens, unless he planned on using it as a tent. Belichick had finished ...

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