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Why Mike Vrabel Will Help OSU Win the Big Ten

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Mike Vrabel #50 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after losing to the New York Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Roderick AngeloCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2011

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel has called it quits in the NFL—retiring after 14 years.

He was an integral part in the New England Patriots Super Bowl runs, helping the team win an astounding three rings. He has certainly accomplished a lot for a player that was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft.

He played for the first team to achieve a perfect 16-0 regular-season record and has amassed great stats over his years. Vrabel finished his career with the Chiefs where his numbers were very impressive, compiling 57 sacks, 11 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and 10 receiving touchdowns. 

He will have a big impact on how the recruiting trail shapes for Ohio State University in the future. Adding him to the coaching staff makes them a bit more credible when trying to lock up top defensive recruits for the future. There won't be many recruits that can say no to a guy that has been a contributor to three Super Bowl teams and has been under the tutelage of Bill Belichick. 

The addition of Vrabel helps the Buckeyes stay relevant with schools like Michigan and Nebraska for recruiting in 2012. They can now compete with duos like Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison, along with Bo and Carl Pelini.

Vrabel was a great player during his time at Ohio State being named Big Ten defensive lineman of the year and an All-American twice during his college football career. He will be warmly welcomed by the fans and by Luck Fickell. They were former roommates and are now co-workers trying to put the pieces that Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel left behind, back together.

Vrabel will also help the current players on defense get much better. He has helped mentor and groom many young linebackers from the likes of Jerod Mayo on the Patriots to Tamba Hali on the Kansas City Chiefs. His ability to coach will not be a question mark when he makes his way to Columbus for the fall. 

Go Buckeye nation! 

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