Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel confirmed on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL and taking a job as assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State.
In a statement released by his agent, Neil Cornrich, Vrabel announced: "After 14 years in the National Football League, I have decided to retire and accept the position of linebackers coach at The Ohio State University.
“I am extremely appreciative of the teammates, coaches, and great fans who surrounded me during my NFL career, and am honored to have been a part of three tremendous organizations in the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs. I am especially grateful to Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli, who not only gave me the opportunity to play for a team that won three Super Bowl championships and an NFL record 21 games in a row, but also taught me invaluable lessons on creating the ultimate team approach.
“I am very excited to...
On the same Sunday that oft-troubled Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated, former Bengals running back David "Deacon" Turner, 56, was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store in Bakersfield, Calif. Turner, who has had numerous run-ins with the law since leaving the NFL in 1980, allegedly attempted to flee an officer who had detained him while investigating a report of teenagers asking adults to purchase alcohol and cigarettes. After initially cooperating, Turner allegedly fought with police and was shot twice.
Meanwhile, Jones, who has been suspended from the league multiple times for past transgressions, apologized Sunday but insisted he did nothing wrong while out with his wife to celebrate her birthday. "It's ridiculous, man," he said. "I keep on going through the same thing, and it don't make no sense."
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PHOENIX -- A pair of Red Sox prospects from Double-A Portland took part in the All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on Sunday. Outfielder Chih-Hsieh Chiang went 0-for-3 with a walk (and a rocket that turned into a groundout to short), while third baseman Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-2 with a single.
Middlebrooks, who is hitting .315 with a .359 OBP, .498 slugging mark and .857 OPS along with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 63 games this year in Portland, suggested that the opportunity to participate in the event represented a significant milestone in his push towards the majors.
"I just try to use it as a steppingstone. This is something in the journey. We’re close. All of us are close. Most of us are Double-A, Triple-A guys. You’re one phone call away. You’ve got to be ready," Middlebrooks said. "You never know [when you can be called up]. I’m trying to stay healthy, play good baseball. That’s all I can...
Celtics captain Paul Pierce might be locked out of the NBA, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to make a little money on the side -- at the World Series of Poker's main event.
Pierce outlasted 2003 WSOP main event champion Chris Moneymaker and hundreds of others on Day 1 and will enter the second day of play on Monday with an estimated $63,750 in chips, according to an ESPN.com report. More than 2,500 poker players anted up the $10,000 buy-in fee.
Asked why he entered the Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Las Vegas, Pierce told ESPN.com: "The [$8 million] prize. Who wouldn't want to try and win that?" He is slated to earn $15.3 million from the Celtics if and when the 2011-12 NBA season commences.
Pierce reportedly sported his 2008 NBA championship ring, green shoes, green and white socks, a hat with his No. 34 logo on the back and a pair of large headphones. He also received a six-hour massage while sitting...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated the worst pitch of the day wasn't even a pitch that hit anyone. After Sunday's 8-6 Red Sox win over the Orioles, Francona said he had no problem with Kevin Youkilis getting hit on a changeup. But the manager was very concerned about the pitch that didn't hit David Ortiz in the sixth, a pitch from Mike Gonzalez that was a foot behind the Red Sox slugger.
"I wasn’t mad,” Francona said of the Jeremy Guthrie changeup that hit Youkilis, drawing a warning from home plate umpire Marty Foster to both benches. “Nobody was mad. Youk got hit with a changeup. I was very surprised.”
Francona said it appeared clear that Guthrie wasn’t trying to hit Youkilis with runners on first and second and one out in the fourth. That set the stage for Francona and Kyle Weiland — making his big league debut — getting ejected when Weiland hit Vladimir Guerrero on the right hand in the fifth...
On Patriots Friday we check in with the hall of famer, the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin to preview Pats @ Dallas and look around the NFL.
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
DJ Bean checks in live from TD Garden after the Bruins 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the season opener. Ken Laird anchors from the WEEI.com Podcentre
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
After joking around with Graig Murphy, who challenges Christian to a stand-up comedy showdown, Glenn and Christian face Lou about the rumors in the Boston Globe that Lou should be the new play-by-play broadcaster for the Red Sox radio broadcast.
Jeb Bush had an interview recently where he was asked if he ever smoked weed with Bill Belichick and Ernie Adams, who were all classmates in high school. Also, Christian tries to prank call Dallas restaurants and fails miserably.
The Colts and Texans had another pathetic game on Thursday Night Football where Ryan Mallet took himself out of the game and Matt Hasselbeck filled in for an injured Andrew Luck. The guys give their reaction and can't believe anyone could pull themselves out of a game the way Mallet did.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Bruins opening night loss, and whether this will continue or we'll see the team improve when the defense gets healthy.
We close out the week with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed out on... plus the return of LaRoy on the microphone...
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Full disclosure we recorded this episode just before the official announcement. Ben and Russ talk the coaching situation in Liverpool, Revs playoffs chances, and Sepp is suspended.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
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We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.More from this show