01.29.05

Pats’ Vrabel Denies Grabbing For Loose Ball(s)

Posted in Gridiron at 8:31 pm by

You can always measure Super Bowl hype by the number of times the consensus favorites are accused of inappropriate touching. From Nick Cafaro in today’s Boston Globe :

Mike Vrabel just shook his head and smiled.

“Never happened,” he said. “Never happened.”

The last time the Patriots played the Eagles, Week 2 of the 2003 season, Eagles linebacker Ike Reese said in a Sports Illustrated article, “Brian Westbook fumbled a punt, and we were all down there scrambling for it. Mike Vrabel had my testicles in his hand, and he was squeezing them. Where the football ends up depends on who has the strongest will or the strongest hands. Guys reach inside the facemask to gouge your eyes. But the biggest thing is the grabbing of the testicles. It’s crazy.”

Vrabel (above) said, “It’s the NFL and there’s a lot of stuff that happens on the field. As NFL players you don’t come into the locker room and start talking to the media about it. I’ve had everything — you name it — done to me out there. But you don’t start saying this guy did this or did that.”

4 Responses to “Pats’ Vrabel Denies Grabbing For Loose Ball(s)”

  1. Chuck Meehan says:

    I’ll give Vrabel the benefit of the doubt as how could somebody on the bottom of a fumble pile-on scrum be able to look down at their crotch to see who exactly is scrunching their ‘nads?

  2. kt says:

    i’ll guess it was the only white hand on the pats defense.

  3. Mayor Ed Cock says:

    Chuck,
    Trust me, after a while you’re able to figure it out purely on feel.

  4. Chuck Meehan says:

    In that case it would have narrowed it down to Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi.

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