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Report: Vrabel will retire, join Ohio State

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Two days ago, our own John Taylor of CFT beat all the big boys to the punch, reporting that there’s a “very good chance” Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel will retire and join Ohio State as the team’s new linebackers coach.

Now, the Columbus Dispatch reports that it is indeed happening.  (The Dispatch, however, doesn’t specify the position Vrabel will fill.  Luke Fickel’s post-Tressel elevation to head coach created a vacancy at linebackers coach.)

Per the report, on Monday Vrabel will simultaneously retire and become a member of the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.

Vrabel, a 14-year veteran, spent his first four seasons with the Steelers.  In 2001, he jumped to the Patriots, just in time to earn three Super Bowl rings in four years.  He was traded along with quarterback Matt Cassel to the Chiefs in 2009.

The linebacker often played offense in goal-line situations.  He racked up 10 career touchdown receptions, all of which came from two yards or shorter.  He also caught touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX, both Patriots victories.

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12 Responses to “Report: Vrabel will retire, join Ohio State”
  1. tjacks7 says: Jul 9, 2011 11:59 PM

    Hope he wears a sweater vest.

  2. superbengalfan says: Jul 10, 2011 12:14 AM

    Ohio State could use a little bit of his luster about now…

  3. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 10, 2011 12:30 AM

    We’re talking “Mr. Versatility” here—an ideal player in the Bill Belichick system. He played outside and inside linebacker, checked in as an eligible receiver, and recovered the onside kick that resulted in the 2007 regular season perfect record. I wish Mike all the best at his Alma Mater, Ohio State.

  4. freedomispopular says: Jul 10, 2011 1:47 AM

    I could never understand why defenses couldn’t stop this guy from catching TDs. EVERY time he lined up at TE in the goalline, the ball went his way. You’d think at some point SOMEBODY would have figured it out.

  5. benh999 says: Jul 10, 2011 2:34 AM

    Will the faculty club comp his beer tab?

  6. descendency says: Jul 10, 2011 4:20 AM

    And he’ll be a damn good LB coach too.

  7. msclemons67 says: Jul 10, 2011 4:30 AM

    Columbus liquor stores better lock up their beer

  8. canetic says: Jul 10, 2011 8:03 AM

    The headline should have been “Vrabel Vretires”

  9. realitypolice says: Jul 10, 2011 8:41 AM

    Strange timing on the Ohio State side.

    Fickel is an interim head coach who, unless he produces a miracle season, is almost certain to be replaced by a big name coach next year.

    Not many high profile coaches retain previous staff members, so it appears Vrabel is leaving the league for a one year opportunity.

    I certainly wish him the best of luck in any case.

  10. CKL says: Jul 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    freedomispopular says:
    Jul 10, 2011 1:47 AM
    I could never understand why defenses couldn’t stop this guy from catching TDs. EVERY time he lined up at TE in the goalline, the ball went his way. You’d think at some point SOMEBODY would have figured it out.
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    It did seem that way but sometimes he was a decoy.

    In the picture with this article (SB39) he was actually held or interfered with by Kearse so they were trying to cover him but IIRC he tipped it to himself and caught it anyway.

    I believe it still holds true through his tenure in KC that every pass he ever caught was for a TD though.

    He was a prototypical BB OLB size wise but I will always believe his most valuable season was 05 when the unexpected retirement of Ted Johnson left a huge void @ ILB. BB slid Vrabel in there after tons of failsauce attempts to get by that year (MONTY BEISEL.. et al..UGH)and IMO he was their D MVP.

    His smarts and play were huge reasons NE’s D was good when it was good and I wish him well.

  11. 8man says: Jul 10, 2011 10:17 AM

    Stone cold stud! And he laughed the whole time he was getting it done. Good luck, Mike!

  12. bcgreg says: Jul 10, 2011 8:49 PM

    LOVE Mike Vrabel. Good luck.

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