The former New England Patriots defensive lineman announced the decision on his Twitter account.
After bookending his Patriots career with Lombardi Trophies, the five-time Pro Bowler spent two seasons with the Houston Texans.
"No more cleats. I'm moving on to smoked meats", he says in the video, which was sponsored by Kingsford Charcoal.
The video ends with a promo for "Vince's farewell tailgate" scheduled for September 7th in "New England", which suggests he will make an appearance before the Patriots' season opener against Kansas City. In our opinion, he does.
Vince Wilfork announced his retirement the same way he did everything during his 13-year career: in large scale.
The Patriots drafted Wilfork in the first round of the 2004 draft (21st overall).
Vince Wilfork has put together a long, impressive National Football League career since his playing days with the Miami Hurricanes. He also made a juggling interception and return against Philip Rivers and the Chargers several years ago, and in high school was one of the best shot putters and discus throwers in his home state of Florida.
Wilfork was a legend in New England, and fans were sad to see him go, so it's nice to see him returning.
He spent the previous two seasons with the Texans, notching a total of 43 tackles and no sacks during his time in Houston.