Making It to the NFL: My Rise to the Top and How You Can Do It Too
In this inspirational speech, Vince Wilfork gives his audience an inside look inside his successful collegiate career at University of Miami and professional NFL career. He discusses overcoming obstacles and what motivated him to be able to accomplish so much throughout his life, including playing for Hall of Fame coaches and winning two Super Bowls with the greatest quarterback of all time. He also shares his tips for motivating yourself, overcoming adversity and becoming a winner.
Premier NFL lineman Vince Wilfork is defensive tackle for the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the first round in 2004 from The University of Miami.
Wilfork has led the Patriots to the Super Bowl four times and is a 2x Super Bowl Champion (XXXIX & XLIX). He was also a Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team selection in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012.
At the start of the 2011 NFL Season, Wilfork caught his first career interception against the Chargers. He caught his second interception against the Oakland Raiders two weeks later. He scored a touchdown on week 14 against the Washington Redskins at the FedEx Field. Wilfork recorded this season 3.5 sacks—a new career high and in the 2012 AFC Championship game vs. the Ravens, he had one of his best games of his career, recording 1.5 sacks and 6 tackles. Once again, their Captain Vince Wilfork led the Patriots to the 2012 Super Bowl.
Vince was brought up around diabetes and its many complications. Vince remembers growing up having to assist his father with insulin shots and side effects from diabetes. In 2002, Vince’s father passed away from diabetes related causes and unexpectedly his mother passes from heart complication just months later.
The Vince Wilfork Foundation shares goals to support diabetes research, awareness, prevention, and proper care. Vince and Bianca are strong advocates and donors for diabetes research. They support research in New England as well as Florida.
Vince Wilfork finds it his social responsibility to help educate and improve the lives of others dealing with such a costly disease that can be preventable. People with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and enhance quality of life by reducing risks for long-term complications and promoting change for people living with diabetes.
Vince is committed to support and help make a difference through education, awareness, and working with programs to use the most effective resources to build a better community.