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Encyclopedia > Mike Vrabel
Mike Vrabel
New England Patriots — No. 50
Date of birth August 14, 1975 (1975-08-14) (age 32)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Akron, Ohio
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 261 lb (118 kg)
Position(s) Linebacker
College Ohio State
NFL Draft 1997 / Round 3 / Pick 91
Stats
Statistics
Teams
1997-2000
2001-present
Pittsburgh Steelers
New England Patriots

Michael George Vrabel (born August 14, 1975 in Akron, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Vrabel has been with the Patriots since 2001, after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He recently extended his contract with the Patriots through 2009.[1] is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... This article relates to sports. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1997 National Football League Draft was notable for its offensive tackles. ... “Steelers” redirects here. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Summit Founded 1825 Incorporated 1835 (village) - 1865 (city) Government  - Mayor Don Plusquellic (D) Area  - City  62. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article relates to sports. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... NFL redirects here. ... See also: 2000 in sports, other events of 2001, 2002 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500, a race that also saw the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in an unspectacular crash during the... “Steelers” redirects here. ... See also:2008 in sports, 2010 in sports, list of years in sports. Scheduled Events February 1 - Superbowl XLIII, Tampa, Florida Template:March 2-20 - 2009 World Baseball Classic, Orlando, [[Florida[[ June 14 - World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) World Gymnastics Championships 2009, London Cricket - Provisional schedule...

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College career

After attending Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, he played defensive end at Ohio State University, where he hopes to coach after his playing career is over. He was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team. Walsh Jesuit High School, is a private, Jesuit high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. ... Nickname: The Falls, C-Town, C-Falls, Caucasian Falls, CFO Location within the state of Ohio County Summit  - Mayor Don L. Robart Area    - City 66. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Ohio. ... In early 2000, the Touchdown Club of Columbus selected an Ohio State Football All-Century Team to honor the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes football players of the 20th century. ...


NFL career

Like fellow linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest, Vrabel was converted from defensive end to a linebacker when he moved up in the NFL. Tedy Lacap Bruschi (pronounced BREW-ski) (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ...


Vrabel spent the first four seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, where his most notable play was a sack of Drew Bledsoe in the 1997-98 AFC Divisional Playoffs that clinched a 7-6 win for the Steelers. Nevertheless, Vrabel was a backup for the Steelers throughout his tenure there, and had considered retirement before he signed with the Patriots. The word sack can refer to: Look up sack in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ...


Almost immediately upon joining the Patriots, Vrabel became a major player in the defense: he played in every game his first season in New England, and started all but four of them.


Vrabel exemplifies the versatility sought by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: in addition to his work as a linebacker, Vrabel frequently checks in as a tight end in short-yardage situations, which makes him an eligible receiver. Belichick took advantage of this in Super Bowl XXXVIII: in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Vrabel, making Vrabel the first defensive player to score a touchdown on offense since William "Refrigerator" Perry did so for the Bears against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX in 1986. Vrabel was one of the defensive stars in that game as well; he had two sacks (one forcing a fumble) of Carolina's Jake Delhomme, and was a contender for the Super Bowl MVP award that went to Brady. William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... Eligible receivers are those American football and Canadian football players who are allowed to catch forward passes. ... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... For a landing Touchdown in aviation, see Touchdown (aviation) For the song by T.I. featuring Eminem, see Touchdown (song). ... William Refrigerator Perry (born December 16, 1962 in Aiken, South Carolina) is a former football player. ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jake Christopher Delhomme (born January 10, 1975 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ...


Despite Brady's penchant for throwing to Vrabel in such situations, teams are often unable to cover Vrabel properly: in Super Bowl XXXIX, Vrabel caught a 2-yard touchdown pass, despite being held by Philadelphia's Jevon Kearse. The reception makes him one of 17 players to catch two or more touchdown passes in Super Bowls. Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S... Jevon Kearse (born September 3, 1976, in Fort Myers, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays Defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. Due to his rare athleticism and threatening style of play, he is known throughout the league as “The Freak”. His cousin, Phillip Buchanon...


As of October 2007, Vrabel has had nine career receptions (seven in the regular season), all with the Patriots, and all for 1- or 2-yard touchdowns. According to the website Cold Hard Football Facts, no other player in NFL history has as good a record of converting receptions to touchdowns.


On December 26, 2005, on the final Monday Night Football game on ABC, Vrabel became, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first player--since the official recording of sacks began in 1982--to have two touchdown catches and a sack in the same game. Monday Night Football (MNF) is a live television broadcast of the National Football League. ... Vanderbilt Quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Jeremy Chase. ...


Though Vrabel had always played right outside linebacker in the Patriots 3-4 scheme, the 2005 season saw a major change in Vrabel's positioning. He began the year at outside linebacker, but, because of the limited effectiveness of inside backers Monty Beisel and Chad Brown, Vrabel began playing inside linebacker, a position he had never before played in the NFL. By the time Tedy Bruschi had returned from injury, he and Vrabel were the two men starting inside. Rosevelt Colvin successfully filled Vrabel's old spot, and many cite the change in positions as a major contributor to the Patriots' rebound in the second half of the season. The New England Patriots employ a variety of strategies during play, designed to work with their available personnel. ... Monty Beisel (born August 20, 1978) was a linebacker for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. ... Chad Brown (born July 12, 1970 in Pasadena, California) is an American football outside linebacker who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... Tedy Lacap Bruschi (pronounced BREW-ski) (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Rosevelt Colvin, III (born September 5, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an NFL linebacker with the New England Patriots. ...


Trivia

  • Vrabel's catch in Super Bowl XXXIX is pictured on the cover of the 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book.
  • Because of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry, Vrabel and Brady frequently make wagers over the outcome. After the Buckeyes' 2006 win, Brady was forced to wear one of Vrabel's OSU jerseys in practice (the jersey was OSU's home red, since quarterbacks traditionally wear red jerseys during practices to indicate that they are not to be tackled).
  • Mike,his wife Jen, and their two sons, Tyler and Carter, live in Easton, Massachusetts during the Patriots season.
  • Vrabel's mother, Elaine, is the principal at Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio, the alma mater of another former Ohio State standout linebacker, Jim Laughlin, and more recently Buckeyes wide receiver Roy Hall.

Charles F. Brush High School is a public high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio. ... Lyndhurst is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Jim Laughlin (born 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former NFL and college football player. ... Roy Hall (born December 8, 1983 in South Euclid, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver at Ohio State University. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ [1] Patriots Salary Cap Information, accessed 2006-07-01

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Official site of the Pittsburgh Steelers - Article (2523 words)
MIKE VRABEL: I would say it's pretty much a coincidence, but I think they are both good teams and they both deserve to be there.
MIKE VRABEL: Well, I think there's certain things that he picks up, and it may not be necessarily reflective in the game plan.
MIKE VRABEL: I think obviously the linebacker -- the 3-4 gets another linebacker on the field; I think that the more opportunities that you have to get five guys on the field that are linebackers it is good.
Mike Vrabel - Official New England Patriots Biography (4284 words)
Mike Vrabel was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2001 …; He was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1997 NFL draft.
Vrabel was the first Patriot defender to catch a touchdown pass since linebacker John Tanner caught a two-yard toss from Jim Plunkett at Baltimore (11/24/74).
Vrabel applied pressure to Rams quarterback Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI, forcing an errant pass that was intercepted by Ty Law and returned 47 yards for a touchdown, giving the Patriots an early 7-0 advantage.
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