Retirement ranks below barbecue on Vince Wilfork’s current list of priorities

Two-time Super Bowl champion Vince Wilfork is playing his cards close to his vest when it comes to publicly discussing his future in the NFL.

The 35-year-old nose tackle reportedly did not receive a qualifying offer from the Texans after the 2016 season, and it has been widely speculated that he will retire this offseason. Wilfork spent the last two seasons in Houston after spending 11 years in New England. In 13 seasons in the NFL, he has recorded 559 combined tackles, but his production declined after his move to Houston.

Wilfork’s second love, in addition to football, is cooking. The five-time Pro Bowler partnered with Kingsford Charcoal in an effort to make barbecue ribs the national food of the United States. Kingsford filed a petition Wednesday on “We The People,” a government website that allows citizens to petition for change. To earn a response, the petition needs to receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

While the Patriots gave Hawkins a contract, there’s no guarantee he’ll make the final 53-man roster. He joins an extremely crowded receiving corps, which currently has 11 other receivers. The most notable names are Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks (acquired this offseason), Danny Amendola (who just renegotiated his contract), Chris Hogan (who played a big role last year) and Malcolm Mitchell.

After those five, there’s a chance for Hawkins to make a role Cheap Jerseys AUStralia for himself, but it could be difficult. The fact he passed up other, bigger offers to join New England speaks to the fact he believes in his ability to outwork other players on the team Cheap Jerseys For Kids and earn some playing time on the reigning Super Bowl champs.