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Friday, June 02, 2017

Vince Wilfork proclaims ex-Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel as coaching’s rising star




Vince Wilfork says watch out for Mike Vrabel as the next big thing in coaching.

By Hector Longo

June 2, 2017

In 13 National Football League seasons, including 11 with Bill Belichick in New England, Vince Wilfork plowed through a slew of quality coaches — and some bad ones — along the way.

He knows coaches. His thoughts on the game’s next rising star?

“[Mike Vrabel] is going to be a head coach soon,” said the Patriots legend of the former New England linebacker, currently the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. Wilfork was speaking on the Barstool Sports podcast, “Pardon My Take.”

“Even when I played with Vrabel, I looked at him almost as a coach. He was so smart, hands down the smartest defensive player I ever played with. I’ve always learned stuff from him. And he’s very good at teaching. We’ve always seen things through the same set of eyes.

Wilfork said that he sees a lot of another coach in Vrabel, one Bill Belichick.


“Bill smiled all the time, so down to earth, such a good dude,” Vince said. “That’s why players love playing for him. There’s a reason he’s the greatest of all time. He knows how to treat his players.”

Wilfork notes that he is still not retired, but if he was ready to, he will make the an announcement on his terms.

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