Vince Wilfork has been a force at defensive tackle for years with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and more recently with the Houston Texans but now the 35 year old NFL Vet has announced his plans to retire.

In a TV ad for Kingsford Charcoal, Wilfork announces tat he's "trading in his cleats for smoked meats." He's also announced his plans for "Vince's Fairwell Tailgate" on Thursday, September 7th in New England, when the Patriots open their season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Check out Vince's retirement spot here.

Apparently Vince did another Kingsford spot. Check it out.

As a Houston Texans fan, I have to wonder who will fill the rather large void left by Wilfork's departure. We'll find out soon enough.

The Texans play their first preseason game tomorrow night against the Carolina Panthers, and you can hear all the action right here on KLUB Classic Rock 106.9.