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Vrabel played for Ohio State from 1993-1996 before having a 14-year NFL career in which he won three Super Bowls. After retiring in 2011, Vrabel joined the Ohio State staff as a linebackers coach. When Meyer was hired in December of 2011, he kept Vrabel on staff as a defensive line coach.
Vrabel will coach on the staff of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, who was named the head coach of the Texans on Jan. 3. O’Brien was an assistant with New England while Vrabel was a player there.
Vrabel becomes the second defensive assistant for Ohio State to take another job this offseason. Safeties coach Everett Withers left Columbus to take the head coaching position at James Madison.
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