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Report: Vince Wilfork Named in Miami Allegations

According to Yahoo! Sports, Wilfork received extra benefits at Miami. (Photo on

In an 11-month Yahoo! Sports investigation surrounding the University of Miami, Nevin Shapiro and “impermissible benefits” to Miami players, current Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s name has appeared as a player that may have received benefits from Shapiro.

The report says that Wilfork accepted $50,000 on behalf of Axcess while he was in Coral Gables.

Wilfork, 29, was the 21st pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and has been named to three pro-bowls while establishing himself as one of the top defensive players in the NFL today.

The latest murmurs out of Miami are just another example of corrupt recruiting and the payment of players in college football. Yahoo!’s report says that Shapiro was involved in: cash payments to players, prostitution payment, jewelery, clothing, housing payments, strip club, meals, and even an abortion payment.

Miami is the fifth major university of the off-season to be under investigation. Ohio State, UNC, Oregon and LSU were the others.

It’s unknown to the extent of Wilfork’s involvement, but stay tuned as more should be known in the coming weeks.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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