|Patriots 2017 Hall of Fame finalists announced||04.21.17 at 10:17 am ET|
After the 20-person nomination committee met a few weeks back, they have decided on three finalists for the 2017 Patriots Hall of Fame — Raymond Clayborn, Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel.
Clayborn is a finalist for the fourth straight year, Vrabel is a finalist for the second straight year, while Seymour is a first-year eligible finalist. Fans have until May 15 to vote on Patriots.com for the former Patriot most deserving of Hall of Fame enshrinement. The winner will be announced that week.
Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Patriots and played an important part in delivering six division championships, four conference titles and three Super Bowl championships to New England. He was named to five straight Pro Bowls with the Patriots (2002-06) and earned four straight first team All-Pro honors (2003-06). His five Pro Bowl berths are the most by any Patriots defensive lineman since the 1970 NFL merger.
During his eight-year tenure in New England, Vrabel played a major role in the Patriots’ run of three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003 and 2004). He started at both inside and outside linebacker positions during his Patriots tenure, regularly lining up on offense in short-yardage and goal-line situations and continuing to make valuable contributions on various special teams units throughout his career.
Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowl player (1983, 1985, 1986) for the Patriots during a career that extended from 1977 through 1989.
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|Former Patriots LB reportedly latest to get interview with Rams||01.09.17 at 10:31 am ET|
Normally it’s former Bill Belichick assistant coaches getting interviewed for head coaching jobs.
Now, it’s a former player.
According to the MMQB’s Albert Breer, Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel will interview with the Rams following Houston’s game with the Patriots this weekend for their open head coaching position.
Breer notes Vrabel was was offered the 49ers’ defensive coordinator’s job last year. This is his sixth year coaching after playing in the NFL for 14 years.
After he retired from the NFL, Vrabel coached the linebackers and defensive linemen for three seasons at Ohio State before joining the Texans in 2014.
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|Former teammates congratulate Kevin Faulk on Patriots’ Hall of Fame honor||05.18.16 at 8:33 pm ET|
Several former teammates of Kevin Faulk took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate him on reaching the Patriots Hall of Fame.
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) May 18, 2016
Well deserved https://t.co/oZgjwkwIc8
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) May 18, 2016
— Heath Evans (@HeathEvans44) May 18, 2016
— Mike Vrabel (@CoachVrabel50) May 19, 2016
And Faulk himself took to social media to say thanks for the honor.
Overwhelmed by the number of Congrats on twitter and phone calls from some of my former teammates who I played with. THANKS for supporting!!
— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) May 18, 2016
|Pats personnel chief Nick Caserio acknowledges Hall of Fame finalists||04.19.16 at 2:37 pm ET|
Caserio on Faulk: “Kevin Faulk basically made himself into the great player that he was. There are stories that go back that he basically taught himself how to pass block. He didn’t know how to do it when he got here. (He) worked with Dante (Scarnecchia) to try and get better in that area and he embodied a lot of things that we look for in football players. (He) was as dependable, was productive, and he’s given back to football. (He’s now) coaching down there in Louisiana. It’s a credit to the career that Kevin has had.”
Caserio on Vrabel: “Mike’s career kind of speaks for itself. He was asked to do a number of different things, some of which he had never done before. He probably thought he had the best set of hands of anybody in the NFL. Quick story, we go out there for pregame warmups and I used to throw to him before the game and if the ball ever hit the ground it wasn’t because of his hands, it was because the quarterback that was throwing was pretty bad. He always talked about his hands were better than Hines Ward, but that was Mike. He played linebacker, played tight end, played free safety in practice.
“(They’re) tremendous nominees. We’ll see how the process goes, but certainly a tip of the cap to that group. Congratulations to them.”
Voting continues through May 14 at Patriots.com.
|Poll: Which Patriots Hall of Fame finalist are you going to vote for?||04.14.16 at 6:08 pm ET|
Which Patriots Hall of Fame finalist are you going to vote for?
- Kevin Faulk (64%, 596 Votes)
- Mike Vrabel (19%, 178 Votes)
- Raymond Clayborn (17%, 162 Votes)
Total Voters: 936
|Reports: Texans assistant Mike Vrabel turns down 49ers defensive coordinator position||01.22.16 at 11:56 am ET|
Former Patriots linebacker and current Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel apparently is staying put in Houston.
The three-time Super Bowl champion has been receiving high praise for his coaching efforts over the last two years, and has drawn some interest as a result. Multiple reports say Vrabel interviewed with new 49ers coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday but has turned down the offer to be San Francisco’s defensive coordinator and will remain with the Texans.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien worked hard with general manager Rick Smith to finalize a new contract with Vrabel and keep him with the team, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Before his current stint with the Texans, Vrabel had coached at Ohio State (his alma mater) for three seasons. His ties to the program led him there, just as his ties to former Patriots coaches led him to Houston.
With Vrabel having been coached in New England by current Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, Houston served as a comfortable destination for Vrabel’s first professional coaching gig. He likely will remain a hot commodity for teams in need of a defensive coordinator in the coming seasons.
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|Mike Vrabel remains one of Bill Belichick’s all-time favorites||12.09.15 at 1:29 pm ET|
On Wednesday, it was clear that former linebacker/defensive end Mike Vrabel deserves a place on that Mount Rushmore.
Vrabel, who played in New England from 2001 through 2008, was known as a tough, cerebral player who was able to do whatever it took to succeed. One of the most versatile players in the New England system over the last dozen years — he also caught passes as a pat-time tight end — the pass rusher was more than willing to switch up positions in practice, even playing the role of former Ravens safety Ed Reed.
“You’d just say “Go back there and go with what you see and if you want to gamble, gamble.’ Mike would do that. He would love that,” Belichick recalled of Vrabel. ‘He would drive [Tom] Brady crazy doing that, like ‘Aw, he’ll never be there on that pattern.’ But it’s Ed Reed, you don’t know where Ed Reed would be. He was usually wherever the ball was — he somehow got there.
“Mike did that. You could just see his overall passion for the game, whether it be playing multiple positions, playing offense, defense, he had a great understanding and awareness of the total game and loved to play it, loved to play tight end. He’d go in and take a couple of plays at receiver.”
On Wednesday before practice, Belichick said it was easy to see Vrabel as a player who would transition to coaching sooner rather than later once his playing days were over for several reasons, including the fact that he never held back when it came to making suggestions.
“Definitely. Mike and I talked about that a lot,” said Belichick. “He’d give me advice and would tell him, ‘Mike, when you’re a coach, you’re calling the defenses, you should go ahead and do that. Here’s why we’re not going to do it or that’s a great idea.’ Or ‘Yeah, we can do that. I’m glad you brought that up.’
“You could even see it then [after five years], and his career wasn’t even half over and he was already kind of thinking about coaching. You could kind of tell when he got done playing, that’s what he was going to do. Yeah, I think that came out pretty early.”
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