Wilfork: It's a Love fest

Wilfork: It's a Love fest
September 6, 2012, 7:54 pm
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FOXBORO -- From his first to his second season as a defensive tackle in the NFL, everything in Kyle Love's game improved: Games played, tackles, sacks.
Now entering his third season, there's another aspect to Love's game that has also improved: leadership.
"He's grown into a hell of a person, not just a player," said Vince Wilfork before Thursday's practice at Gillette Stadium. "It's just good to see guys that come into this league that have the passion and love what they do. And he's one of them.
"Seeing him as a rookie, and now three years on the team. I can't believe it's been three years now, because the way he plays and the way he carries himself. As a veteran and a guy that's been around this game for a long, long time, man, he plays very, very well."
As Wilfork pointed out, he's been in this game a long, long time. And in just two seasons in the league -- both with the Patriots -- Wilfork sees something in Love that you don't always see in such a young player.
"And that's all him, that's all him," said Wilfork. "He's doing the right thing, coming to work, he's on time, he's in the meeting rooms, he's doing everything he can do to be the best person out there on that field.
"And we have a lot of guys like that, but Kyle being in the defensive line room with me, I just see it more, because he's with me almost 247. I've just seen him grown. It's like watching your kids grow up and you're like, 'Man, I can't believe that now you're in the ninth grade?' It's three years in, but it seems like he's been in a lot longer, just because of the maturity level that he carries himself with, and the way he plays. He's definitely one of the leaders around this locker room, being so young. But he has every tool to be one of those leaders. And we know that."