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Mike Vrabel retires from NFL to become linebackers coach at Ohio State

By Dan Published: July 11, 2011

By Rusty Miller
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Former All-Pro linebacker Mike Vrabel is retiring from the Kansas City Chiefs and returning to his alma mater as an Ohio State assistant coach.

Vrabel. a Walsh Jesuit graduated, confirmed this morning the end of his 14-year career and that he had taken the job as linebackers coach with the Buckeyes. The position was previously held by his college roommate and teammate, Luke Fickell, who was elevated to interim head coach when Jim Tressel resigned May 30.

Vrabel played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots before closing out his career with the Chiefs. He announced his retirement in a statement issued through his agent.

Vrabel played eight seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl titles as a hybrid defender and a spot short-yardage and goal-line offensive player.

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