Rory Wilfork
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

One of the strongest linebackers in Columbia Football history, Rory Wilfork was a dominant defender on the resurgent Columbia Football team.  Teaming with fellow Hall of Famer Marcellus Wiley, Wilfork was the first player in Columbia history to earn first team All-Ivy League honors three consecutive years.  

Averaging more than 120 tackles a season over his final three years, Wilfork was a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League.  With his actions speaking for themselves, he was known amongst his peers in the conference.  But more importantly, Wilfork gained the respect of his coaches and teammates, becoming the first Columbia Lion to  be a two-time captain since 1926, leading his team as a junior and senior.

During those two years, Columbia made some huge steps in the right direction.  He was part of the defensive unit his junior year that snapped Penn’s 24-game winning streak, and led the Lions to an 8-2 overall record and 5-2 finish in the Ivy League as a senior.  Following that season, he was named the team’s co-MVP, and was also a two-time first team All-East selection.

Wilfork signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, before embarking on a career in finance at Goldman Sachs where he served as Managing Director.

Wilfork and his wife, Alicia Smith ‘99CC, reside in New York City.