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10 Jul 2011

Mike Vrabel Retires, Will Be Named Ohio State Assistant Coach

Former Patriots and Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel, he of the three Super Bowl rings and multiple touchdown catches as a goal-line tight end, has retired and will be named an assistant coach at Ohio State according to The Columbus Dispatch. He'll likely coach the linebackers, which is what interim head coach Luke Fickell was doing before Jim Tressel's resignation. A press conference is expected on Monday.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 10 Jul 2011

9 comments, Last at 11 Jul 2011, 7:05pm by sundown


by Scott P. (not verified) :: Sun, 07/10/2011 - 11:52pm

He ends his career with 10 receptions and 10 TDs. Has any player done better?

by Travis :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 8:44am

It's a record. Butch Rolle also had a streak of 10 TDs on 10 receptions between 1987 and 1991.

by Theo :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 9:08am

I seriously wonder if that's also 10 passes trown at.

by Travis :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:19am

A Google search for "site:nfl.com" and "to M.Vrabel" turns up 3 incompletes to Vrabel and two more nullified by penalty. There may be others.

by MJK :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 2:46pm

So both his catch rate and his TD catch rate is 77%. Pretty nice.

He's like an American League pitcher who has one career at-bat visiting a National League park in interleague play, and happens to hit a HR. Percentage stats make him look like the best hitting pitcher ever.

(This was actually the case with Clemmens at one point in his career).

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 9:33am

Ohio state will do well out of this, he's got some of the best HGH.

by Dean :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 10:54am

Pretty sure they already had plenty of good lines on that - not to mention the next generation stuff that isn't in the papers yet.

by MJK :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 2:50pm

So long, Mike. It was really fun watching you play.

So retires the last remnant of the awesome LB core that helped NE to several SB titles (Vrabel, Bruschi, Johnson, and McGuinest).

It just occurred to me... he generally played OLB, but still, that LB corps was an Abbot and Costello routine waiting to happen when blocking signals were called out. "Mike's the Mike! No, wait, Mike's the Sam! Or maybe the Will! But I thought Willy was the Will? No, Willy is the Sam. Well, at least we know that Ted's the Mike. Which Ted? Tedy or Ted? But I thought Mike was the Will?... I don't know! THIRD BASE!!!"

by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 7:05pm

Interesting move. He could well be the only coach on that staff to be retained when they finally pick a new head coach. (Fickell and most everybody else is tied to the scandal so likely will be gone.) Would Vrabel have acccepted this post without the school promising that?