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Vrabel Says He Still Wants to Play; Then Retire to Be a Coach

Mike Vrabel would love to be a football coach some day. When that day comes, there is nowhere on earth he would rather coach than the Ohio State University, where he was a star defensive player for the Buckeyes in the mid-1990’s.

The recent shakeup in Columbus has left interim head coach Luke Fickell with a vacancy on his coaching staff, but it doesn’t sound like Vrabel is ready to give up his spot on the field for a view from the sideline, even for a former teammate and the best man in his wedding.

“No, Luke hasn’t said he wants me on his staff,” Vrabel said after showing up to support Fickell during his introductory press conference at Ohio State. “Luke knows I still have time to play, and I’m traveling to Chicago or New York for meetings with the owners. Luke knows I’ve got a bunch on my plate right now.”

The 35-year old Vrabel is currently a member of the NFL Players Association executive committee, which makes him one of the most important figures in the ongoing labor dispute between the NFL owners and players. Vrabel insists he isn’t ready for a new career just yet.

“My contract is up with the Chiefs, so I’ll be looking for a job as soon as this lockout ends,” he said. “That’s been my job for the last year or six months is concentrating on this lockout and helping our players get through a tough time. We’re making progress and we’re getting closer.”

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