It was the end of an era when the New England Patriots decided not to renew defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s contract before the 2015 season. He clearly wasn’t ready to retire and has continued his career with the Houston Texans.
Wilfork apparently decided to sign with the team after meeting with Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. He asked the young player if he was committed to being the best and the reply was yes, so Wilfork signed with the Texans, via NFL Network’s James Palmer.
The veteran has taken Clowney under his wing since arriving in Houston and helped him begin to look like the player the Texans selected with the first-overall pick in 2014.
“When I came here, they were like, ‘Hey, make sure you’re leaning on him, talking to him, teaching him,'” Wilfork said via the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. “I saw potential. He was just raw.
“He needed to understand how to be a professional and what it’s going to take to be at his best. I think he understands that.”
It appears to have worked. The Texans defense has thrived even without All-Pro J.J. Watt. A lot of that has to do with Clowney, who made his first Pro Bowl this season.