Mike Vrabel NFL Career

February 5, 2012 by staff 

Mike Vrabel NFL Career, Michael George Vrabel ( born August 14, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player and current assistant coach. Vrabel played at the linebacker position in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons, and at the defensive end position in college for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he earned All-American honors.

He has played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs. A versatile player in the NFL, Vrabel regularly lined up at the tight end position as well as starting as a linebacker. He is currently the defensive line coach at Ohio State.

Vrabel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He spent the first four seasons of his career in Pittsburgh. His most notable play as a Steeler came in his rookie season, when he sacked Drew Bledsoe in the 1997-98 AFC Divisional Playoffs to clinch a 7-6 win for the Steelers.

On February 27, 2009, the Patriots traded Vrabel, who was in the last year of his contract, to the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick. The following day it was revealed that Patriots traded both Vrabel and Matt Cassel in exchange for the Chiefs’ second-round pick (#34 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. Mike Vrabel retired from football in early July 2011 to join the Ohio State Buckeyes coaching staff.

Vrabel retired from professional football after 14 seasons on July 10, 2011. He has joined his alma mater of Ohio State as linebackers coach. On December 21, 2011 new Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer decided to keep Vrabel on as part of his coaching staff as linebackers coach.

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