We're counting down the days to kickoff with “99 Warriors,” the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes by jersey number, as voted by the staff of Eleven Warriors.
No. 94 Mike Vrabel
DL Mike Vrabel
b. Aug. 4, 1975 (Akron, OH)
- B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year (1995 & 96)
- All-American (1995)
- Consensus All-American (1996)
- All-Century Team (2000)
- Hall of Fame (2012)
Mike Vrabel is one of the greatest defensive linemen in college football history.
Vrabel earned back-to-back All-American honors and Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was the second lineman in conference history to earn the award two times. He totaled 36 sacks and 66 tackles for a loss in those two seasons.
Vrabel twice set the single season record for sacks and tackles for loss. He still holds the career record for sacks (36) and single season and career TFLs (26 in '95 and '96). He ranks third all-time in the Big Ten in sacks and sixth in TFLs.
Vrabel went on to win three Super Bowls as an All-Pro with the New England Patriots. He graduated in 2004 and served as an assistant coach under Luke Fickell and Urban Meyer before jumping to the NFL. He is currently the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.
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