Mike Vrabel Speaker Profile
Mike Vrabel Biography
Current head coach of the Tennessee Titans, Mike Vrabel was born August 14, 1975 in Akron, Ohio and isa former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NationalFootball League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third roundof the 1997 NFL Draft. Vrabel played college football at Ohio State.
He also spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots,where he set NFL records as a linebacker.
Almost immediately upon joining the Patriots, Vrabel became a major player intheir defense: he played in every game his first season in New England,starting 12.
Vrabel exemplified the versatility sought by Patriots headcoach Bill Belichick: in addition to his work as a linebacker, Vrabelfrequently checked in as a tight end in short-yardage situations, which makeshim an eligible receiver. Belichick took advantage of this in Super BowlXXXVIII: in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady threw a 2-yard touchdown pass toVrabel, making Vrabel the first defensive player to score a Super Bowltouchdown on offense since William Refrigerator Perry did so forthe Chicago Bears against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX in 1986. Vrabel was oneof the defensive stars in that game as well; he had two sacks (one forcing afumble) of Carolina's Jake Delhomme, and was a contender for the Super Bowl MVPaward that went to Brady.
Despite Brady's penchant for throwing to Vrabel in suchsituations, teams are often unable to cover Vrabel properly: in Super BowlXXXIX, Vrabel caught a 2-yard touchdown pass, despite being held byPhiladelphia's Jevon Kearse; that catch is pictured on the cover of the 2005NFL Record and Fact Book. The reception makes him one of 17 players to catchtwo or more touchdown passes in Super Bowls.
As of October 2009, Vrabel has had eleven career receptions,and all for 1- or 2-yard touchdowns (one in 2002, two in 2004, three in 2005,and two in 2007 in the regular season, and one each in Super Bowls XXXVIII andXXXIX) with the Patriots and one in 2009 with the Chiefs (thrown by formerPatriot Matt Cassel). According to the website Cold Hard Football Facts, no otherplayer in NFL history has as good a record of converting receptions totouchdowns. His versatility was good enough for NFL Network to rank him #7 ontheir Top 10 episode of the Greatest Versatile Players.
In week 8 of the 2007 season, Mike Vrabel forced 3 fumbles,had 3 sacks, recovered an onside kick, and scored an offensive touchdownagainst the Washington Redskins, for which he was named the AFC DefensivePlayer of the Week. In December 2007 he was selected to the Pro Bowl for thefirst time, as a starter; in January 2008 he was named to the NFL All-Pro team.
On December 26, 2005, on the final Monday Night Footballgame on ABC, Vrabel became, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the firstplayersince the official recording of sacks began in 1982to have twotouchdown catches and a sack in the same game.
Vrabel was also key in the final game of the 2007 regularseason when he recovered an onside kick, thereby sealing a perfect 16-0 seasonfor the Patriots.
Though right outside linebacker had been Vrabel's primaryposition in the Patriots' 3-4 scheme in his first four seasons with NewEngland, in 2005 Vrabel moved to inside linebacker, because of the limitedeffectiveness of inside backers Monty Beisel and Chad Brown, although he hadnever before played inside in the NFL. By the time Tedy Bruschi had returnedfrom injury, he and Vrabel were the two men starting inside. Rosevelt Colvinsuccessfully filled Vrabel's old spot, and many cite the change in positions asa major contributor to the Patriots' rebound in the second half of the season.Vrabel moved inside again late in the 2006 season, after Junior Seau broke hisarm.
On February 27, 2009, the Patriots traded Vrabel, who was in the last year ofhis contract, to the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed draft pick. Thefollowing day it was revealed that Patriots traded both Vrabel and Matt Casselin exchange for the Chiefs' second-round pick (#34 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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