For those NFL fans living under a rock, Bill Belichick is not one for glitz, glamour, style points or even much real human emotion but the Hall of Fame coach broke trend when issuing an awesome statement on Vince Wilfork.

The former Patriots defensive tackle signed with the Houston Texans just days after being released by his longtime team. After posting a message on Twitter two weeks ago, his now-former coach issued an equally heartfelt statement on the man that he selected in first round of the 2004 NFL Draft (via CSNNE).

Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork.  He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around – just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others.  There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism.  He is the best defensive linemen I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.

Belichick never shies away from giving credit where credit is due therefore his praise is not entirely surprising, but the tone of the message is particularly special. Wilfork appeared in 158 regular season games (plus 21 postseason games) during his 11-year career in New England. He recorded 16 sacks, 516 tackles, 12 fumble recoveries and three interceptions during that time.

[Barstool Sports, CSNNE]

Photo Courtesy: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe