Vince Wilfork, Patriots defensive tackle and large human being, helped his team to a 45-7 rout of the Colts in Sunday’s AFC championship game. But advancing to the Super Bowl was not the most dramatic part of Wilfork’s day.
On the drive home from the game at around 12:45 a.m., Wilfork and his wife encountered a rolled 2015 Jeep Wrangler and stopped to help. While waiting for authorities to arrive, Wilfork checked on the operator and tried to keep her calm.
“I’m pretty sure she was kind of scared, so the last thing I wanted to do was have her panic,” Wilfork said.
When police arrived, they teamed with the Patriots tackle to extract the woman from the vehicle. In true Vince Wilfork fashion, he lifted the driver out of her vehicle with one arm while police held the door open. Much like any superhero, Wilfork returned home after being assured the authorities needed no further assistance.
We’re pretty used to NFL players being terrible people, especially when it comes to operating a motor vehicle, so it’s refreshing to see Wilfork lend a massive hand to a stranger in need. After winning one of the biggest games of his life, Wilfork was able to put things in perspective.
“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. It showed last night, even though we won the AFC championship, it was life and danger.”