Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel in a news release posted on Ohio State's official website:
"During his Patriots career, there was no player more respected for his football intellect and revered for his leadership by his teammates than Mike. "He was elected a team captain by his peers and is a player who I think everyone knew was destined to become a coach after his NFL playing career was over.
"Mike Vrabel is as well-suited for coaching as any player I have ever coached. He has a tremendous feel for people, players, coaches and what his team needs regardless of the situation. He is outstanding in his knowledge of the game, which contributed to his excellence as a player. I have no doubt Mike will develop tough, intelligent, fundamentally sound winners."