Once upon a time in 2000, the Pittsburgh Stealers had a no name linebacker behind joey porter and a few other big name starters. he used to be a scrawny defensive end, but then they converted him to a decent size linebacker. also in 2000, bill belichick and scott pioli came to the patriots. their philosophy was sign a bunch of cheap free agents, push them hard, and see how far they can go. mike vrabel was one of those guys, along side david patten, otis smith, roman phifer (a bit more expensive if i remember right), bryn cox, and a bunch of other people you might not remember if you're a new new england fan (less than 7 years). part of vrabel's selling point was he sacked drew bledsoe (our old star quarterback) to clinch the AFC division playoffs for the stealers around 1998. kind of like the way bill belichick signed wes welker last season b/c he did so well against us while playing in miami. vrabel's done moderately well here for a linebacker. he's played in the pro bowl. he's given us 44 sacks of joy in his 7 seasons as a patriot. he's caught a few touchdown passes. i think we're all happy he's on the team and still a contributing veteran. and it's all because bill belichick did some bargain hunting, looking for backup players not being used right. so when bill belichick signs a player or two that makes your head scratch remember he's gotten us 3 rings by signing players that make your head scratch.