When Chiefs’ linebacker Mike Vrabel retired after 14 seasons in the NFL, many Chiefs’ fans seemed to blow it off, saying Vrabel would not have been a starter. It seemed like the Chiefs had lost very little with Vrabel‘s retirement.
What the league lost with Vrabel‘s retirement, though, was a player who could make that big play on both sides of the ball. A player who could unite a defense and lead them to victory. Simply put, one of the best linebackers of this era.
Named to the Sports Illustrated All-Decade team of the 2000’s as well as the New England Patriots 50th anniversary team, Vrabel proved himself to be a force all around the field.
The role he left in Kansas City, though, left Vrabel as much more of a coach for the younger players than the defensive star he had once been.
One team’s loss is another’s gain, though, with Vrabel returning to his alma mater Ohio State to serve as linebackers coach.
Now that his playing career has ended, we should look back at some of the biggest moments of Mike Vrabel’s career.