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Vince Wilfork (2:11 PM)
Hello, how you all doing, Vince Wilfork here.
What influenced your decison to leave early?
Vince Wilfork (2:12 PM)
Well, I have a family and I have two kids -- a six year old and a 1 year old. Basically, I can't do anyting more in college. I feel like, the way the level of play is right now, I'm playing with little kids. I want to move up to the next level. So, I sat down with my coaches and we all agreed that it is time for me to move on.
How exciting is it hear all the rumors about where you might play next year??? Would you like to play in Chicago?
Vince Wilfork (2:13 PM)
Right now it is real fun. I'm just relaxing, enjoying myself. Ever since I was a little boy I always wanted to be in this position. It's very exciting, I try not to think too much about it, but sometimes I can't help it. It's so exciting.
As DT what do you feel you can bring to a team that drafts you. what sets you aprt from the rest?
Vince Wilfork (2:15 PM)
I look at a lot of football, I studied a lot of great DT and I think my abilitiy to pass rush -- get to the QB -- and stop the run. I can stay in for the whole game, I can do either/or. A lot of tackles have to come out, b/c they can't do both. Also, my size makes me unique. I think these things are really what makes me different.
you played against clarrett is he solid enough to play with the big boys,or does he still need a little more weight.
Vince Wilfork (2:17 PM)
Well, obviously, you saw that when we played against him, we shut him down. To be honest with you, I think he could have used a few more years at the college level. But only he knows his body. It's definitely going to be testing for him. He is stepping into a grown man's game. We definitely faced better backs than him, but it's not for me to say. I'll let the veterans get ahold of him in the NFL. We'll see.
With your size and speed would you rather play in a 3-4 or a 4-3?
Vince Wilfork (2:19 PM)
It doens't matter. Down in Miami we played with both. Neither are nothing new. I've played a shade, I've played a 30 flat and defensive end, I've played over the guard. You name it. I'm comfortable with anything. I think that's another upside. Coming from Miami, we had so many packages, I'm really comfortable and familiar with all scenarios.
Do you have any nicknames?
Vince Wilfork (2:19 PM)
Yeah, I go by Big Daddy down here. As a freshman, that's what they gave me and I still carry it.
Vince, I skipped school for this chat. We Jet fans would love to have you play for the Green and White. What do you think about the idea of playing next to DeWayne Robertson, John Abraham, and Shaun Ellis? Thanks!
Vince Wilfork (2:21 PM)
I think that would be a great, complete defensive line. But, I don't know. I don't know if the Jets can afford another DT since they took one last year fourth overall. I would love to come there and play for the Jets -- don't get me wrong, I would love to play for those guys -- but it's not up to me. It's in the hands of the GM and the management up there.
Ed: Inglewood, California
Hey Vince! what are your goals in your rookie year? Thanks Vince!
Vince Wilfork (2:22 PM)
Well, first of all, I want to win a Super Bowl, I think that 's everybody's goal. After that, I would love to be a Pro Bowl select or a Rookie of the Year. I want to make a stand my first year. I want everybody to know that I'm for real and I want to prove to everybody who had doubts about me that there should not be any more. I want to get my hands on anything I can to prove that.
Vince, I met you at CanesFest a few times, and I just wanted to say you are a great player and a great person, taking time out to talk to everyone who came up to you
Vince Wilfork (2:23 PM)
Kyle (Sioux City)
what is your reaction to your last season in miami? Do you think Brock Berlin can win a championship this year?
Vince Wilfork (2:25 PM)
Well, I didn't go out like I wanted to. We were robbed of a national championship and that's the reason why I came back, I wanted to win ... and it didn't happen but I still had a great career at UM. As for Brock, I think you will see a better and improved Brock Berlin who is more familiar with his teammates and the goals and game plan of the coaches and from that you will see a better and improved Miami Hurricane football team.
In the discussion of who is better, would you say you are better than Tommie Harris of Oklahoma?
Vince Wilfork (2:27 PM)
I think I am. I think I have a lot more to offer. He is 290-295, he has great quickness, but i think that with DT these days, we are getting bigger and stronger. I think i see Tommie in a 3-4, that's really it. With my size in addition to all of my experience at almost every position at Miami, that's what makes me different and makes me able to offer whoever it is that drafts me so much.
There is a lot of talk about the QB's in this draft. Which one would you leatst like to face in the pros?
Vince Wilfork (2:28 PM)
I think Ben Roethlisberger is the best QB out there. I think Eli is overrated and is just living by the name Manning. If I had to pick a quarterback, I wouldn't go with Eli. I think Roethlisberger can get the job done.
Before games, did you ever perform rituals?
Vince Wilfork (2:29 PM)
No, I'm more laid back. Listen to music. I'm calm, I don't think too much. A lot of people who start thinking too much start messing up. I go out, I'm relaxed and I let the game come to me. I don't try to do too much. You have to be patient. You can't go get it. You let it come to you, that's what I've learned and that's what I've been sticking with all my life.
What do you expect will be the biggest adjustment you will have to make to adapt to the higher level of play in the NFL?
Vince Wilfork (2:31 PM)
I think it will be more mental than anything. In college I've probably faced 4 good teams throughout the season and now, every game you face a good team. The speed of the game will change, but I think my coaches have done a great job getting me conditioned and getting me in shape and practicing hard and fast. I know that every week and every outing will be a challenge now. I'm ready for that. THat will be the biggest adjustment.
Does warm or cold weather make a difference for you for where you want to play?
Vince Wilfork (2:32 PM)
I've been in the warm weather all my life, so I can always play in the heat. But I love the cold, my best games have always been in the cold. I'd love to go somewhere where it snows. That's just me!
I have watched you from freshman year to now, and you are even better than could be expected. Do you find that being a Hurricane is the best place for anyone who has the drive and dreams to play in the NFL?
Vince Wilfork (2:33 PM)
Exactly. By coming to UM -- if you want to learn the game right and quick and win and win big -- the University of Miami is the way to go.
Vince, Whats your favorite TV show?
Vince Wilfork (2:34 PM)
I love to watch mobster movies or like pimp movies! Haha oldschool type movies!
Wesley: Vancouver, BC
Sup big Vince! Ive been a fan of you ever since your freshman year. I would like to know what was the most memorable play that you made in your Miami career? Good luck in the pros Go Canes!
Vince Wilfork (2:35 PM)
Thanks Wesley. It had to be the goal line stance against Washington. On in three and they couldn't get it. That was the best play of a defense that I can remember.
whats the first thing your gonna buy with the big bonus your gonna get when you get drafted?
Vince Wilfork (2:36 PM)
I'll get a house.
James (Rochester, NY)
Word is that the Redskins are thinking about taking Sean Taylor or Kellen Winslow Jr. Which 'Cane do you think they should take?
Vince Wilfork (2:37 PM)
Hard question. I would say Sean just b/c with Kellen I think a team can easily doubleteam him and shut him down. But not Sean. He's my man. He can turn a ball game around in seconds. There is no way to shut him down.
Beyonce, J-Lo or Britney??
Vince Wilfork (2:37 PM)
Do you think that you are gonna end up with the bears? If so, would you be happy there?
Vince Wilfork (2:39 PM)
Right now, it's too early to know. I met with the Bears, they love me, I love them. If I do become a Chicago Bears, I would love it, I would love the opportunity. I had fun with them, we showed each other a lot of respect and everything was good. Hopefully I will become a Chicago Bear.
Vince, just wanted to give you a quote that my grandfather always said, "Every knock is a boost." No matter what hardships I go through in my life, I just have to look back to that quote, and realize that those hardships only make me stronger. Terribly sorry about your loss. Hopefully that quote will help you a little with it. Best of luck to you in your future in the NFL and life in general.
Vince Wilfork (2:42 PM)
Thanks Tim. That is somehting I can add to my little dictionary of quotes to live by. My father left me the message "One life to live." I have that tatted on me. I don't regret anything I've done. That is how I live and so does my wife. No regrets. I often think of this. It gets me through.
Vince Wilfork (2:43 PM)
Thank all of you guys for writing in and sharing all that you have with me. I hope we can do another one someday -- and hopefully I'll be in a Chicago uniform, or wherever you want to me go. I've very excited to have this opportunity to play in the NFL and to talk to you. Thanks for chatting today. Goodbye.