Wilfork: Belichick is the best ever 'because he can relate to his players'

Wilfork: Belichick is the best ever 'because he can relate to his players'

Vince Wilfork continued his wide-ranging media tour when he joined Barstool's Pardon My Take podcast with Big Cat and PFT Commenter. He's still not retiring, in case you were wondering. And when he does announce what's next for him, he'll do it his way, he explained: On his Twitter account. 

With the retirement/non-retirement business out of the way, the hosts peppered Wilfork with football questions produced some insightful answers from the former Patriots and Texans defensive lineman. 


One of the most noteworthy responses was Wilfork's take on why Bill Belichick is the greatest of all time. 

“He’s funny, and he enjoys what he do,” Wilfork said. “That’s one thing people don’t understand about Belichick. He is so down to Earth. He is such a good dude. And his players love him. He knows how to turn a key to get you right and he also knows how to back off and have fun. That’s one thing I always noticed and we always had fun in practice . . . 

“I remember we used to do this thing every Friday, Friday would be our cool down day and a light practice. We always kicked the ball off, and the team, we would all cover a kick, like a kickoff team. Every day I would go to Bill and say, ‘I am going to make the tackle.’ He was like, ‘You’re not going to make it.’ Every day we would bet some type of food or pushups or something. Every day we would bet something that I would make a tackle. That tradition carried on . . . They probably still do it now.

“That was just a side of Bill just understanding and having fun with his teammates -- even if it was something conditioning wise -- we always had fun doing it. He made the game fun, but at the same time, he would make it tough for you, too. But it’s the reason why he’s the greatest coach of all-time because he can relate to his players.”

Here are a few more quotes of note from Wilfork's interview on Pardon My Take . . . 

On who is faster, him or Tom Brady: "Me."

On if it's even close: "No."

On if he's ever accidentally fallen on Brady in practice: "If I would have fell on Tom Brady in practice, I wouldn't have had a career . . . I would have cut myself."

On Texans defensive coordinator and former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel: "Even when I played with Vrabel, I looked at him almost as a coach because he was so smart. Hands down the smartest defensive player I ever played with . . . When I came to Houston, that was one of the reasons I came down here was because of Vrabel and because of Romeo Crennel."

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.