In the aftermath of his decision to sign with the Houston Texans yesterday, Vince Wilfork spoke a bit about his history with current members of the Texans' coaching staff, the excitement of playing with J.J. Watt, and his goals going forward for his new team.
(on signing with the Houston 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 the fit with the Texans) "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."
As you'd expect, Wilfork also had plenty of emotion about leaving the only place he called home in the NFL. If you want a glimpse into the kind of guy the Texans just signed, read what Wilfork had to say about the Patriots, including but not limited to his former teammates and coaches. The admiration is not a one-way street either, as witnessed by the reaction of Pats fans and Bill Belichick to Wilfork's departure.
Then, to bring things back to the Texans, check out what John Harris had to say about what Wilfork will bring to the table for the Texans' run defense.
If the Texans can get quality play from their quarterback in 2015, this season should be fun.