Mike Vrabel Gets Job With Ohio State
After 14 years in the NFL, Mike Vrabel has decided to hang it up and join the coaching staff at The Ohio State University as their linebackers coach.
Outside linebacker Mike Vrabel started his career in Pittsburgh and spent the last two of it in Kansas City, but he will be most remembered for the time he spent with the New England Patriots from 2001-2008. When he was there he was a huge part of that championship winning defense that was responsible for the Super Bowl wins in 2002,2004 and 2005.
At the end of the 2008 the Patriots decided to do some remodeling and parted ways with a lot of the big players that won those championships, Vrabel included. He then ended up in Kansas City where he reunited with former Patriots GM Scott Pioli and quarterback Matt Cassel. Now after a no doubt hall of fame career, Vrabel has decided to embrace another part of the game, coaching.
According to sources near Ohio State. Vrabel has been hired by the school as their linebackers coach. When he played at Ohio State he was a two time all-American in 1995 and 1996. This will be Vrabel's first coaching gig on any level and he brings with him a whole lot of experience. He'll join rookie head coach Luke Fickell, who was also a big player in Ohio States defense back in the early 90's. No official announcement has been made about Vrabel joining the coaching staff, but the reports are all over the place.
This may be a thing we see many veteran players do in lue of the current NFL lockout. These guys have played for years and the loss of a season of even part of a season is just seen as a waste of time for them. Watch out for more veteran players to jump ship as the lockout continues and we move closer to the season.