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40. Mike Vrabel

After four seasons flying under the radar with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Vrabel signed as a Free Agent in 2001 with the New England Patriots.  The move likely was noticed by only the most diehard Pats fans, but as it turned out, the signing was a steal.

Vrabel became a starting Linebacker during his first year in New England, and he was solid in their run to their first Super Bowl win.  While Vrabel was never really in the discussion for the best defensive player on the Patriots (except for 2007, when he was a First Team All-Pro), he was a leader and a tenacious player who led by example.  Vrabel helped the Patriots win two more Super Bowls, and he had 8.0 playoff sacks for the team.

A unique fact about Vrabel is that he was occasionally used on offense as a Wide Receiver.  He caught eight passes for New England, all of which were Touchdowns! Vrabel also had two Touchdowns in two different Super Bowls.  How many other Linebackers can say that?

Vrabel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2009 season, where he played two more years before retiring.  Vrabel had 11 Interceptions, 48.0 Sacks, and 606 Tackles as a Patriot.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent before the 2001 Season.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs with Matt Cassel for a 2009 2ndRound Pick (which would be Patrick Chung) 2/28/09.

  • Games Played: 125
  • Notable Statistics:

    110 Games Started
    11 Interceptions
    73 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    5 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    48.0 Quarterback Sacks
    606 Combined Tackles
    412 Solo Tackles
    194 Assisted Tackles
    55 Tackles for Loss
    41 Quarterback Hits*
    8 Receptions
    11 Receiving Yards
    8 Receiving Touchdowns
    66 Approximate Value

    17 Games Started
    3 Forced Fumbles
    2 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    8.0 Quarterback Sacks
    84 Combined Tackles
    59 Solo Tackles
    25 Assisted Tackles
    4 Tackles for Loss*
    3 Quarterback Hits
    2 Receptions
    3 Receiving Yards
    2 Receiving Touchdowns

    *Quarterback Hits became a statistic in 2006.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII & XXXIX)
    First Team All-Pro (2007)
    Pro Bowl (2007)

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