UPDATE 01-19-2015: Despite clogging up the middle of the defensive line to help the Patriots win the AFC Crown, Vince Wilfork's greatest heroics occurred after the game. While traveling home from the game, Vince Wilfork and wife Bianca Wilfork came upon a turned over jeep in Foxboro.
Wilfork sprang into action, and got out of his car to help calm the driver. While waiting for police to arrive, Vince stayed with the trapped driver. Once authorities arrived, state police held the passenger side door open while Vince reached in to help pull the driver out to safety.
Big Vince didn't tell his teammates about the incident until media began asking him questions the next day, telling ESPN:
After I drove off, my wife and I kind of talked in the car and said there are things that are a lot more precious in life than games or anything you accomplish in life. There are things out there that are more important ... Even though we won the AFC championship, it was life and danger. We were just happy to help."
Helluva player, but helluva man, husband and father first.
UPDATE 09-13-2014: While he was recovering from surgery, Vince Wilfork's wife Bianca Wilfork was busy herself - losing a ton of weight. Like, a crazy amount of weight. Color us impressed with Bianca Wilfork's efforts.
There's no question at all that Vince Wilfork's wife Bianca Wilfork loves her husband. She routinely arrives at Patriots games, or public events wearing a bedazzled Patriots number 75 jersey with a nameplate reading "WIFEY."
But in 2008, Bianca's love for Vince found it's way into the NFL commissioners office, when she helped save her husband from suspension. Vince was forced to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell following a late and low hit on Broncos QB Jay Cutler. During the meeting, Bianca presented a video to Goodell, which showed a new angle on the play. This video was apparently enough to seal Vince's fate and save suspension.
Following Bianca's heroics, Vince was ridiculed across various forums for having "WIFEY" fight his battles for him. In November, 2008, Bianca spent the better part of her Thanksgiving weekend fighting with random commenters in the comment section of Deadspin in an effort to prove that Vince can fight his own battles.
Vince and Bianca have been together since his time at Miami, and this isn't your typical groupie-stalks-athlete story. Vince Wilfork was a freshman at football crazy University of Miami (FL), when he first found Bianca on the singles site blackplanet.com. Vince(who also claimed to be 220 pounds, despite tipping the scales at 350+) contacted Bianca, and uttered the fate sealing 6 words: "My name is Vince. Call me."
Vince was developing into a stud playing for the Hurricanes, and would ultimately wind up as a first round pick to New England. While Vince's star grew, he stayed loyal to the woman he fell in love with, which was frankly no small feat. While most men would run screaming the other way, Vince stayed with Bianca who was a 23 year old single mother of two, working two jobs, including one at Taco Bell.