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Vince Wilfork officially retires as a Patriot in emotional ceremony (vid)

Vince Wilfork on Wednesday officially retired as a member of the New England Patriots organization with an emotional ceremony.

The most touching aspect of the ceremony — which was attended by owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick, among many others, and featured a video montage — was when Wilfork revealed his only regret from his outstanding 13-year NFL career.

“My parents didn’t get a chance to see their son live out a dream he told them at the age of 4 I was going to be,” a choked-up Wilfork said. “Physically it hurt every day. It hurt by the hour. Daily. Not a minute [went] by, but I know they had the best seat in the house.”

Wilfork’s father David, passed away at the age of 48 from kidney failure in 2002 while his mother, Barbara, died in December 2002 at the age of 46 following a stroke.

Wilfork concluded his remarks with an “I love you” dedicated to his parents.

The Patriots selected Wilfork with the 21st overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. The mammoth nose tackle, 35, spent his first 11 seasons with the Patriots before joining the Houston Texans for two seasons.

Wilfork on Wednesday signed a one-day contract with the Patriots so he could retire as a member of his original team.

Wilfork had 559 combined tackles, 16 sacks and an arguably surprising three interceptions during a 13-year career that included two Super Bowl championships, five Pro Bowl selections and two First-Team All-Pro designations.

Demonstrating he was fully comfortable with his 325-pound-plus frame, Wilfork also landed on the cover of the 2016 edition of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Best of luck to Wilfork in all future endeavors.

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