Vince Wilfork expresses sadness over departure from Patriots

Vince Wilfork, now with the Houston Texans, still has his heart in New England.

The defensive tackle, who will play against the Patriots on Sunday night for the first time in his career, said he was sad to have left New England.

“I don’t regret anything that I have done in my career, that is just the way things happened, that is just the way things are,” Wilfork said in a transcript provided by the Patriots. “Could I still have been wearing a Patriots helmet? I think 100 percent, yes, if I wanted to and I just thought at that point in my career it was kind of just best for both sides to do what we did and, like I said, I didn’t leave bitter, the organization definitely didn’t leave bitter. It was a sadness there just because over the years what the organization meant to me, my coaches, especially (Patriots Head Coach) Bill (Belichick), Mr. (Patriots Owner Robert) Kraft, what they meant to me, personally, not just football wise. I think that was the hardest part being able to walk around from those guys from that level. But like I said, business is business.”

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