Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork invited cameras into his home Sunday night, as he was a guest on NFL Network after being voted the 35th best player in the NFL by his peers.
Wilfork shared his thoughts on the ranking (video from NFL.com here).
“It’s just an honor to be in the top 100, especially with what I do, at nose tackle,” Wilfork said of playing the no-frills position. “I think a lot of people see me move around a lot, and a lot of media [say] ‘nose tackle, nose tackle’ and I correct them. I’m a defensive lineman.”
Wilfork then tipped his helmet to Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, who he projects to be ranked as the league’s top defensive tackle. He thinks it’s the right choice.
“I watch a lot of film on [him] and he is a helluva player and I love the way they play him. I do recognize talent and greatness and Ngata has a lot of it,” Wilfork said on NFL Network, adding that Ngata is a “good friend.”
Wilfork was asked how some of the current-day top defensive linemen compare against some of the past greats of the game.
“They’re all great players,” Wilfork responded. “Those are the guys who laid the foundation for all of us. I’m pretty sure that any defensive player that watches the game and wants to be great, they try to find footage of those guys. You’re talking about greatness. I have Jerome Brown and Reggie White pass-rushing tape right now.”