So it should not come as a surprise that Vince Wilfork, one of the greatest nose tackles - and personalities - in National Football League history, went out with a bang on Monday.
Wilfork's ability to clog the middle on the defensive line was invaluable for the Patriots, a team whose defensive scheme is built around athletic, hybrid linebackers flying all over the place.
Between his bubbly personality, high level of play and impact in the community, Wilfork emerged as a fan favorite with the Patriots.
Vince Wilfork officially announced on Monday that he's retiring.
Well y'all - it's been a great run, but the time has come.
"No more cleats. I'm moving on to smoke meats fellas".
The video ends with a promo for "Vince's farewell tailgate" scheduled for September 7th in "New England", which suggests he will make an appearance before the Patriots' season opener against Kansas City.
"Peace out! I'm outta here!" he exclaims in the ad, which also shows him clicking his heals as he heads off into the sunset. "I'll be back. But not on that field".