Retiring Vrabel thanks Belichick, Pioli

In announcing his retirement today, former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel singled out Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli.

Vrabel's statement:

"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."

Vrabel has been named linebackers coach at Ohio State, his alma mater.

"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."

Readers shared their favorite Vrabel Patriots memories over the weekend.