Mike Vrabel
Mike  Vrabel

Defensive Line Coach

Alma Mater:
Ohio State, 2004


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Mike Vrabel
Defensive Line
Ohio State University

Mike Vrabel, one of the great defensive linemen in the history of the Big Ten Conference, is in his second season coaching the Ohio State defensive line for head coach Urban Meyer. Vrabel is in his third season as a collegiate coach after coaching the Ohio State linebackers in 2011.

In 2012 Vrabel coached four Ohio State defensive linemen who would either get drafted into the National Football League or sign free agents contracts. Johnathan Hankins was a second-round draft pick of the New York Giants and is on their active roster. John Simon was a fourth-round pick, and a current roster player, of the Baltimore Ravens after a senior season where he was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year and its Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Vrabel's talents as a recruiter have earned him a national Top 25 recruiter honor in 2013 from Rivals.com and in 2012 he was named the ESPN.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year.

Vrabel, who has his degree from Ohio State in exercise science, was a dominant performer for the Buckeyes while earning back-to-back All-American honors and twice being named Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year (1995 and 1996). He was the first to win the lineman award two times.

Vrabel twice set the Ohio State single season record for sacks and tackles for loss (TFL) and he still holds school records for career sacks (36) and single season and career TFLs (26 in 1995 and 66). He ranks third all-time in the Big Ten in sacks and sixth in TFLs.

The Akron, Ohio, native embarked on what would become a distinguished NFL career with three teams following his Ohio State playing days. It was a professional career that saw him a part of the New England Patriots' dynamic run of three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, 2004). In 2007, as a member of the Patriots, he was named to the Pro Bowl and a month later was named All-Pro.

On top of these accomplishments, Vrabel's professional career included a total of 206 games played with Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, 140 starts and enough impressive statistics - 57 sacks, 11 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and 13 touchdowns receiving (as a tight end), including two in Super Bowls. Based on achievement and longevity, one has to conclude he is one of the greatest performers in a team sport that Ohio State has ever produced.

Drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh, Vrabel spent four years with the Steelers and played in 51 games. He was a starter for eight seasons with the Patriots, playing in 125 games and starting 110 games. He spent the last two years with Kansas City, playing in and starting 30 games.

Vrabel retired from the NFL in July 2011 after 14 years in the league and joined coach Luke Fickell's staff at Ohio State in the role of linebackers coach.

Vrabel, who graduated from Ohio State in 2004, attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Akron. He and his wife, Jennifer, a former Ohio State volleyball player, are the parents of two sons: Tyler and Carter.

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Walsh Jesuit
College: Ohio State University, 2004
Year in Coaching: Third
Wife: Jennifer

Mike Vrabel Coaching Experience

2012-pres.Defensive LineOhio State
2011LinebackersOhio State