Vrabel Retires As LB To Coach LBs

Photo from Columbus Dispatch

They met when Ohio State LB Luke Fickell was the on campus host for a high school recruit out of Akron named Mike Vrabel.

“Since the day I met him, he told me, ‘I’m going to be a coach’,” Fickell said. “He would always say, ‘I’ll be a coach someday’.”

That day came on Monday as the Chiefs LB retired as a player and was officially announced as the new linebackers coach on Fickell’s staff with the Buckeyes.

The move ends Vrabel’s 14-year NFL career, the last two seasons spent with the Chiefs.

“If it was another coach, I’d still want to be at Ohio State,” Vrabel said at a Columbus news conference on Monday. “But it makes it interesting and fun that a guy you played with is leading this team.”

The 35-year old Ohio native originally planned one more year in the NFL, but as the NFL owners’ lockout rolled on and the time for training camp ticked away, Vrabel had second thoughts.

“As Rocky Marciano said, age retires undefeated,” Vrabel said.

More on Vrabel’s time with the Chiefs, his retirement and how that will affect the 2011 Chiefs comes on Tuesday morning.

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