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Mike Vrabel officially joins Fickell’s OSU staff

Mike Vrabel

Following up on reports/rumors/speculation, Mike Vrabel has officially retired from the NFL in order to become an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Vrabel released a statement through his agent, Neil Cornrich, Monday morning confirming that, as expected, he has accepted the position of linebackers coach at Ohio State.

Here’s Vrabel’s statement inits entirety:

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.

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.

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9 Responses to “Mike Vrabel officially joins Fickell’s OSU staff”
  1. edgy says: Jul 11, 2011 9:56 AM

    Congrats to tOSU. Vrabel brings his fire in the belly that would be just as useful as the “Us against the world” attitude that the players seem to have now. He would also give them more “real” NFL experience that helps in the film room, for EVERYONE. A lot of guys don’t always take film as seriously as they should and maybe it’s because they don’t know what they’re looking for and a guy like Vrabel can start pointing out things that they should be looking for as clues to where the play is going. This is VERY valuable to kids that may not think that film is as important as it really is.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 11, 2011 10:06 AM

    Who knows, maybe OSU throws in a 3-4 package. that would be interesting. I’m sure he’ll do fine.

  3. jaggedmark says: Jul 11, 2011 11:22 AM

    Better do something Ohio State, because Michigan currently has the nation’s #1 recruiting class.

  4. dkhhuey says: Jul 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    Welcome aboard Mike!!!

  5. fatediesel says: Jul 11, 2011 12:14 PM

    What ever happened with the felony theft Vrabel was arrested for back in April? It seemed pretty minor, taking beer bottles from a casino deli, and Vrabel’s agent referred to it as a misunderstanding, but I never heard anything after the initial arrest and I wouldn’t think Ohio State would hire a coach with a pending felony case.

  6. mogogo1 says: Jul 11, 2011 1:48 PM

    Props to Vrabel for giving his school some good news at a rough time. It also puts him in an interesting position: He’s likely to be at OSU long after Fickell and the rest of the staff are history. I’d have to guess OSU promised him as much or he wouldn’t have signed up for what could be such a short gig.

  7. polegojim says: Jul 11, 2011 7:56 PM

    Congrats to that school down south.

    Vrabel is an awesome addition with immediate credibilty.

    Let’s hope he helps minimize the anticipated slide… so we can whoop up on a full strength OSU team.

    GO BLUE!

  8. mike2347 says: Jul 11, 2011 8:43 PM

    whoop osu? might take awhile to filter out all the midgets from the rich rod era.

  9. dkhhuey says: Jul 12, 2011 4:16 PM

    @pole – I am guessing the intensity level, especially around The Game just got ramped up to a very high level!!! Vrabel, Finkes, and Fickell were a destroyer of offenses when they were at OSU and I can’t wait to see how they do in the coaching arena. We will most certainly be up and ready to bash down that optimism up north!!!

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