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Former Patriot Mike Vrabel confirms retirement

07.11.11 at 9:47 am ET

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel confirmed on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL and taking a job as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State.

In a statement released by his agent, Neil Cornrich, Vrabel announced: “After 14 years in the National Football League, I have decided to retire and accept the position of linebackers coach at The Ohio State University.

‘€œI 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.

‘€œI 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.’€

Vrabel played eight seasons in New England after being signed as un unrestricted free agent before the 2001 season. In 125 regular-season games with the Pats, he had 604 tackles (411 solo), 28 sacks and 11 interceptions. He also lined up as a tight end in goal-line situations and caught eight passes ‘€” all for touchdowns. He also had TD receptions in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victories over the Panthers in 2004 and Eagles in 2005.

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