Bruschi shares Vrabel memories

July, 11, 2011
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ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi pens a piece on retiring linebacker Mike Vrabel that has been posted on ESPNBoston.com.

"Congratulations to one of my best friends and favorite teammates of all-time, Mike Vrabel, on his retirement from the NFL and his new job as Ohio State linebackers coach," Bruschi writes. "We spent a lot of time together, our wives got to know each other, and our children played together. There were times after training camp practices I’d tackle his kids and he’d tackle mine. After games during the regular season, it would be the Vrabels and Bruschis on the field and there would be an impromptu game; everything from who could kick it through the uprights to who could score a touchdown.

"I was fortunate to spend a majority of my playing career, eight years, with my great friend Mike Vrabel. I’d also say that the New England Patriots would have zero championships without 'Vrabes'; he was such a big-game player."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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