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Former Steelers Linebacker Mike Vrabel Retires From NFL

After 14 NFL seasons, Mike Vrabel has decided to call it a career. The three-time Super Bowl champion unfortunately made a name for himself after he left the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted Vrabel in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Vrabel recorded seven sacks with at least one in each of his four seasons in Pittsburgh, but with the team's immensely talented LB corps, Vrabel never really had much of an opportunity to prosper. He was subsequently acquired by the New England Patriots, where he'd play an instrumental role in the Pats' SB triumphs during his eight-year stint in New England.

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Vrabel heads to his alma mater to coach linebackers on good friend Luke Fickell's staff. Despite the Buckeyes potentially facing some sort of probation in the future, Vrabel sounds excited to return to Columbus where he placed his college ball in the mid '90s:

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"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."

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It's hard to feel much emotional attachment to a player who helped the hated Patriots win three Lombardi's, but once a Steeler, always a Steeler, so a hearty congratulations for a long and successful career and best of luck with the new coaching career!

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.