There are 38 days that separate us from Ohio State's march to Blacksburg. To help pass the time until the Buckeyes put the Sandman to bed I will countdown Ohio State's top 100 players according to the rubric* listed at the bottom of this article.
NO. 38 MIKE VRABEL, DE (1993-96)
Born: 1975 (Akron)
High School: Walsh Jesuit
OHIO STATE CAREER
- The Buckeyes were 41-8-1 with Vrabel on the team.
- 1993 Big Ten Title.
- 1996 Big Ten Title.
- Defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the 1997 Rose Bowl.
- Defeated BYU 28-21 to win the 1993 Holiday Bowl.
- Defeated Pitt 72-0 in 1996.
- Ohio State's all-time leader in career tackles for loss (66).
- Ohio State's all-time leader with 26 tackles for loss in a season (1995)
- Ohio State's all-time leader with 36 sacks for a career.
- Ohio State's all-time leader in tackles for loss yards in a career and season (1995).
- Second all-time at Ohio State with 13 sacks in a season (1995).
- Linebackers coach for the 2011-2013 seasons.
- 1995 All-American.
- 1996 All-American.
- 1994 All Big Ten.
- 1995 All-Big Ten.
- 1996 All-Big Ten.
- 1994 and 1996 Academic All-Big Ten.
- 2000 named to the Ohio State All-Century Team.
- 2012 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
- 2012 he was named the ESPN.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year.
Round 3 to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 91st pick of the 1997 draft.
- Played on three Super Bowl winning teams.
- 2007 All-Pro.
- Named to the New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team.
- 2014 hired as linebackers coach for the Houston Texans.
Vrabel's career at Ohio State per Wikipedia:
...he played defensive end for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1993 to 1996. He compiled twelve quarterback sacks as a sophomore, thirteen as a junior, and forty-eight tackles and nine sacks as a senior. As a senior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.
Vrabel finished his career at Ohio State by being named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, becoming only the second player to ever win the award twice (Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin being the other). He totaled thirty-six sacks and sixty-six tackles for a loss.
Due to Vrabel having played at Ohio State, and former Patriots teammate Tom Brady having played for the Buckeyes' arch-rival, Michigan, the two players make an annual wager over the outcome of the yearly meeting between the two schools.
|NO. RETIRED / HONORED|
|BIG TEN MVP|
|1ST ROUND NFL DRAFT PICK|
|NFL DRAFT PICK||2|
|ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN||2|
For more information on other players who wore No. 94 go here.
|NO. RETIRED / HONORED||8|
|BIG TEN MVP||6|
|1ST ROUND NFL DRAFT PICK||4|
|NFL DRAFT PICK||2|
|ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN||1|
|LETTER||0.25 PER YEAR|