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After 14 seasons in the NFL Mike Vrabel is retiring to accept the linebacker’s coach position at his alma mater Ohio State, where he will be joining his new boss and also former roommate Luke Fickell.

Vrabel was a two-time conference defender and a All American for Ohio State who recorded 13 sacks in one season and 36 for his career.

Playing for the NFL for 14 seasons he has earned 3 Super Bowl rings with the Patriots before he was traded to the Chiefs in 2009.

“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.” he said in a statement.

“I have decided to retire and accept the position of Linebackers Coach at The Ohio State University,”. “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.”

His time during the NFL, he recorded 742 tackles and 57 sacks and caught 10 touchdown passes as a goal-line tight end.

Vrabel has been a key figure as part of the player representation actively negotiating with the NFL’s owners to end the lockout this year.

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