Saturday, July 9, 2011
Vrabel's future, past in spotlight
The future of linebacker Mike Vrabel, an integral member of the Patriots' three Super Bowl championship teams, is in the spotlight this weekend.
Writes Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch: "Mike Vrabel might cover two momentous occasions at once on Monday when he is expected to be named an assistant football coach at Ohio State, sources close to the program told The Dispatch. If it happens, it means the 35-year-old will be walking away from a 14-year NFL playing career in which he won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was named All-Pro in 2007. It also means Vrabel will reunite with his former teammate and roommate at Ohio State, Luke Fickell, who was named coach on May 30 after the resignation of Jim Tressel."
Vrabel was a Swiss-army knife for the Patriots, contributing in a variety of roles from 2001-2008 -- outside linebacker, inside linebacker, goal-line tight end. His smarts and athleticism were often lauded by Bill Belichick, and he displayed toughness is rarely missing a game while playing through injuries.
A question to ponder:What was your favorite Vrabel memory with the Patriots?