Vince Wilfork is ‘OG, big Vince, big dog’ and mentor to teammates

Imparting knowledge to younger teammates is something that comes naturally to Texans veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Super Bowl champion entering his 12th NFL season, the massive defensive lineman has reached the age where he’s known for his wisdom.

“He comes out every day and teaches us the little things,” reserve nose tackle Louis Nix said. “He helps us with our technique and after practice we do little drills together just to help us stop the run and use our hands. Stuff like that. You just try to get any pointers you can from a vet and try to help better your game.

“He obviously is one of the top at his position and I just want to learn as much as I can. I love it, to be honest. Regardless of what happens at the end of the day, it is always a great opportunity to get pointers from somebody that has done it and that still can do it. I feel great about it, me and the guys on the team.”

As the elder statesman of the defensive line, Wilfork has his share of nicknames.

“Yeah, we call him OG, big Vince, big dog,” Nix said. “He doesn’t mind.”

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