One of the most fun plays in football is a defensive tackle who is able to intercept a pass and rumble down the field. The rarity of the moment and the novelty of seeing a 300+ pound man carry a football contributes to the overall awesomeness of the play. Vince Wilfork of the Patriots was able to do just that after he picked off Philip Rivers late in the first half of Sunday’s Pats/Chargers game.
The play was important in the context of the game too. San Diego was driving, down 10, looking to get within a score before halftime. Wilfork’s INT and subsequent 28 yard return set up New England for a field goal in an eventual New England victory
Perhaps that’s why Chargers radio play by play man Josh Lewin (also of MLB on Fox) added in this little jab at Wilfork’s ample frame. Doesn’t it seem a little mean to go straight to Wilfork’s body fat percentage instead of giving him some credit for his first career INT? Poor Vince. I know we like to get on announcing homerism, but while we’re at it, let’s stop bullying from road play by play guys!
And here’s video of Wilfork’s return. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see any “belly fat just jigglin’.” It’s not like Vince needs to go on The Biggest Loser or anything like that. In my opinion, he’s a finely conditioned athlete. For being 325 pounds that is. In fact, I’m convinced New England should hand him the ball to run with more often! Could you imagine him and Dan Connolly in the same backfield?
H/T to Missak for sending in the clip!