It was first reported late last week that Kansas City Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel was going to retire and take a head coaching position with Ohio State but those reports have been confirmed today by Vrabel himself.
“After 14 years in the National Football League, I have decided to retire and accept the position of Linebackers Coach at The Ohio State University,” Vrabel said.
“I am extremely appreciative of the teammates, coaches, and great fans who surrounded me during my NFL career, and am honored to have been a part of three tremendous organizations in the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs. I am especially grateful to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli, who not only gave me the opportunity to play for a team that won three Super Bowl championships and an NFL record 21 games in a row, but also taught me invaluable lessons on creating the ultimate team approach.”
“I am very excited to become a part of Luke Fickell’s staff at Ohio State. I have great faith and trust in Luke leading the Buckeye football team as he represents all the core values integral for a program’s success, and I am looking forward to working with our student-athletes as I begin the next phase of my career.”
Vrabel will forever be known from his time with the New England Patriots and for his 10 touchdowns that caught over the course of his 14 years in the NFL.