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More Wilfork: draft memories, draft defense, draft party & Damione

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  April 13, 2010 11:37 AM

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Here's more from Vince Wilfork's sideline chat with reporters this morning:

On memories of his draft day:
"I mean, that day changed my life. Everybody that goes through that day, it's a changing point in your life. I can recall sitting with my wife [Bianca], some family and friends, just sitting back wondering where I was going to go. I was the last [University of Miami] Hurricane to get picked, the first to get a ring. It's an awesome feeling, something you work so hard for your whole career."

That picture is Wilfork after he and Benjamin Watson received their ceremonial No. 1 jerseys from Robert and Jonathan Kraft days after the 2004 draft.

What he'd like to see New England do during next week's draft:
"D-linemen!," he said with a big smile. "Bill does a good job every year bringing in guys ... I hope all our picks are defensive picks."

On the challenges new Patriot teammate Damione Lewis, also a former Hurricane, will face:
"Two gap. That's all of our challenge is [learning to play] two-gap. But a guy like Damione, he'll do everything to be here and be effective. ... It may take a little more for him because his style of play is a little different from ours."

On his annual draft party, to be held next Thursday at Pinz in Milford during the first round:
"It will be a little different this year, but we're doing it for a great cause and I'm going to match up to $50,000 (raised). Hopefully we have a good crowd."

Wilfork's father David died of complications from diabetes, and his draft day party raises money for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Diabetes Research Center at the University of Miami. Click here for more information.

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