Michael George Vrabel (pronounced /VRAY-bull/) (born August 14, 1975 in Akron, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.
He also spent eight seasons with the New England Patriots, where he set NFL records as a line backer.
After attending Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, he played defensive end at the Ohio State University, where he hopes to coach after his playing career is over. He held the OSU record for most sacks in a season (13) until Vernon Gholston recorded his 14th in the 2008 BCS Championship Game against LSU. He was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team.
Due to Vrabel having played at Ohio State, and Patriots teammate Tom Brady having played for the Buckeyes' arch-rival, University of Michigan, the two players make an annual wager over the outcome of the yearly meeting between the two schools. 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...
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