Vince Wilfork Post Game Press Conference Transcript

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September 18, 2011 at 10:04pm ET

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Here's the complete transcript from Vince Wilfork's post game press conference following their win over San Diego:

On his interception, and if he thought he had a chance to score:

"Yeah, I did.  Anytime you get your hand on the ball you always think about scoring - as a defensive player.  Because a lot of times you don't get a chance to touch the ball.   That was my first interception of my career.  I was joking probably a couple of weeks ago.  I was talking to Pep [Pepper Johns] and I said man, "I might end my career without an interception."  I forget who I was talking to - I asked another teammate of mine, "do you have one?", and he was like 'no, never did', so - hey you never know.  It's just one of those things in the situation.  We play a lot of situational football around here, in that situation with two minutes, you kind of know what they were trying to do.  I'm not saying I was right, but I saw the runningback take off and I was thinking 'screen', that's what I was thinking from the look I got from my guard and just anticipating that it could be a screen.  I actually got in his throwing lane, so I made a play, and Bill always says, "if you take a chance you better make it" and I guess I made it tonight."

On if he needed any oxygen after his run:

"No, I'm a well conditioned athlete, didn't need any oxygen [laughs].  So I was good to go."

You deflected it at first, right?

"Yes, I did.  I actually tipped it to myself and caught it.  I'm just happy I caught it because if I didn't catch it, I'm pretty sure my teammates would have let me have it.  As much junk as we talk around here - who's better, defense or offense, who can play what position, I'm pretty sure they would have had to let have it if I would have dropped that ball.  So now I can talk smack to them."

On the fact they kicked a field goal right after that and the type of precision that required:

"Of course.  You know what, tonight we played a great complimentary football game - offense, defense, special teams.  We played a very good football team in the San Diego Chargers, let's set the record straight from the get-go.  They're one of the teams that at the end, they're going to be in it.  They have a well oiled bunch, just an all around good football team.   You can't take any credit from them.  A lot of people may look and say, "we gave up this many points, we gave up this many yards," but that's a good football team we played and we beat them today.  So you've got to tip your hat to those guys.  Today was our day, and it took a lot.  It took every phase of the game.  It wasn't just offense, it wasn't just defense, it wasn't just special teams.  When we talk about going into a game, we talk about the three phases of the game actually coming together and winning the ball game and playing well and you saw it tonight.  I'm not saying everything was perfect, but you've got a good shot of a good team win tonight, and my hat goes off to my teammates."

On the fact Solder played tight end tonight, and that he could do that?

"Hey, you talk to Bill on that [laughs].  Like I said we always talk smack about who's the better athlete, offense, defense - you name it, and we always do that.  I think I put the defense ahead of the offense right now - until...I think offense was ahead because of Troy Brown playing defense and actually coming up with some picks, but I think I pushed us back ahead when it counts now with that.  Hey, we've got athletes on defense also."

On if he's never had a pick before playing in the NFL

"No, high school I had one.  I actually intercepted a screen play in high school, ended up getting cut - jumped up - and the ball was getting lobbed over my head, and I actually picked it.  Didn't score either - quarterback caught me.  He was already in front of me, no one caught me from behind."

On if it's something they practice for:

"You know what, it's funny, because we have certain drills that we do in defense, where it's interceptions, it's turnovers, it's fumble recoveries, and I can just remember - we haven't done it this year - any chance we get as a defensive line, we do our drills, and we line up something called "Deion", we have a receiver and you play DB.   You run a route, and you cover.  That's one of the things that we did just to have fun.  Everybody think they're Deion [Sanders], everybody thinks they're Jerry Rice, stuff like that.  Here you are - you have 300+ guys running routes.  Some look terrible, some look pretty decent, stuff like that.  So we actually we do do it, it [may] be jokingly, but at the same time we're very competitive - we actually get something out of it, and it just showed up today."

On the goal line stand:

"That's huge.  A goal line stand...I mean, 4th down, and basically everybody on their toes - that was a situation that we talked about as a defense that may happen.  Just knowing that they're coming in with a different kicker, had problems in that area, so we always thought that could come up at some point in the game, four down territory for them.  Didn't know it was going to happen that early, but everybody was alert on that play, and Jerod made a hell of a play. That's why he's one of the top linebackers in the game because it showed tonight.  That play he made was good. A good tackle, everybody playing their assignment, and he was free to go run to the ball.  Anytime you can get a goal line stand, that's always big for a defense.  You always talk about winning in the red area, there's no bigger win down there other than turning it over on downs.  Can't get any bigger than that.  "

On if he can punt:

"Do I need to give you my resume?  Of course I can punt.  I can punt."

On if he's a better receiver or defensive back in those drills:

"It doesn't matter.  I'm a cover two guy.  I like to play up, I like to get my hands on the receiver. I'm physical at the line of scrimmage.  I can't play off, I have to be up in someone's face, actually hitting them in the chest, stuff like that.  That's where I make my living."

On if he's better than Gronkowski:

"No, Gronk, he's got me.  I'll give credit where credit is due, Gronk can run.  But Tom, I got him.  I told you guys that a long time ago.  Tom, not a question.  That's irrelevant right now.  [Looks over at Tom] Oh, hey Tom!"