Kansas City Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel confirmed the rumors on Monday when he announced his retirement from the NFL so he could take the job of LB coach at Ohio State.
“I 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,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
“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.”
Best of luck to one of the key ingredients to the Kansas City Chiefs turnaround in 2010. He may not have been anywhere near the player he was at his peak during his time with the Chiefs, but Vrabel delivered both on and off the field for Todd Haley.