Houston Texans nose tackle, Vince Wilfork, is showing off his big body for ESPN Body Issue.
On posing for the “Body” issue:
I just think it’s a good idea for people that are bigger-boned. If people can look at me, a guy that’s 325-plus, doing an issue like this, I’m pretty sure that they might have a little confidence. There will be critics, just like with everything else. I think a lot of people will get a laugh out of it, I’ll tell you that. I’m looking forward to what the locker room’s going to say. But at the end of the day, I’m perfectly fine with who I am as a person and what I have accomplished. It shows a lot of my personality.
On body critics:
A lot of people look at me as a big person. Some people consider me to be obese. Some people consider me fat and sloppy. But I think this shoot will give people a different look at what I am. Everybody knows that I have a big stomach, but I think sometimes that overshadows everything else on my body — from my calves to my back to my shoulders to my biceps, you name it. What people go to the gym and work for, I have. The only thing I don’t have that they got is six-packs. But I really don’t care about six-packs.
Vince Wilfork on his positive body image:
Yep. The one thing about me is, I don’t care what people think. It all starts with yourself. I believe in myself. I love myself. So it’s kind of like, they can shove it up their you-know-whats.
On his favorite body part:
I love my calves. In high school someone told me, “You got runner legs.” And I say, what the hell does that mean? He’s like, well, your calves; you don’t have fat-people calves [laughs]. So to this day, I’ll be talking about myself in the meeting room and I’ll say, “Man, look at that dude’s calves.” And everybody laughs at me, but I have some good-looking calves.