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Vince Wilfork Q&A, 8/7

08.07.09 at 2:27 pm ET

FOXBOROUGH — The following is a portion of the Q&A that Patriots’ nose tackle Vince Wilfork had with reporters this afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

On the Pats’ acquisition of Derrick Burgess…
I think every move we make is to better the team. I’m excited about the season and hopefully he can come along and put together something special for us. But we’ll see. We still have a lot of ways to go. Everybody we have here, I think, everybody’s expectations are high, just because of how competitive we are around here. But it’s a huge pickup for us. We can’t wait for him to get in here and start playing around with him and go from there.

Do you know Derrick Burgess?
I don’t know him at all. I’ve seen him around the league and I’ve seen his play and I love it. Hopefully, he can bring that same type of play here and help us win some ballgames.


Wilfork made the Pro Bowl as a Patriot in 2007. (AP)

On Nick Caserio’s statement yesterday that they are still working on a deal…
I don’t … right now, that’s something I’m far from being concerned about right now. The only thing I’m concerned about is getting better as a football player and playing football. I’ll let those guys handle what they have to handle off the field, so right now, my focus is football and football only right now.

Does the fact that you’re out on the field make things easier for you?
Yes, because I can put that to the side and come out and do what I love — play football. That’s how I’m approaching it. That’s how it’s going to be until I say otherwise. But it will not affect the way I prepare and what I do on the field. You have to be able to separate business from your profession and what you’re doing, and this case right here shows what’s going on. But me, I love football, so I’m going to play football, and everything else will take care of itself.

I want to be here. There’s no question in my mind that I don’t want to go anywhere. But it’s a business. Things happen. Every year, people move [to] different teams. I’m pretty sure people sometimes want to go and sometimes, they don’t want to go. So in my case, I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to stay around here for a long time. Like I said, I want to end my career here. But we’ll see what happens. That’s something that I’m not even concerned about right now. My thing every day is getting up, coming to work, and until they say it’s over, it’s over. But it’s not going to change the way I come out and prepare. Especially, I’m not going to let anyone down in that locker room with me. They know the situation. It’s in the papers and on the news. They know I’m in my final year, but they also know that when I step on this football field and strap it on, it’s time to go to work. They know they can trust me. And I expect the same thing out of them.

On his new child…
David came out real, real healthy. My wife is doing fine and the kids are happy. I’m happy. A little tired, but I can take this tired. Everything went well with the birth and everything. A little baby boy, so I’m looking forward to seeing him now.

What did you name him?
David, after my father.

A future nose tackle?
Nah. He’s going to be a golfer. [laughter] I’m going to start him early. Stay away from football.

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