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Patriots Daily: Vrabel to Wisconsin; Cardona Wins Salute to Service



New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona (49) runs on the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

After being shut out of an NFL head coaching job, Mike Vrabel has reportedly found a new home. The New England Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker will be joining the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Luke Fickell, Wisconsin’s head coach, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that Vrabel would be attending spring practices. No specific title or role was stated, only that Vrabel would be “involved” with the Badgers program.

The Tennessee Titans fired Vrabel as their head coach following the 2023 season. He had been the Titans head coach for six seasons. He finished with a 54-45 record, reaching the playoffs three times. Vrabel both played for and coached for Ohio State. He will now be assisting one of their Big Ten rivals.

Joe Cardona Wins NFL’s Salute to Service Award

Congratulations to New England Patriots long-snapper Joe Cardona. The veteran was named winner of the NFL’s annual Salute to Service Award. He is the first representative from New England to win the award in its 13-year history.

Each NFL team nominates one employee for the annual award. Cardona was joined among the finalists by Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones and San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle. Cardona’s nomination letter from the New England Patriots can be viewed here: Joe Cardona. Also from

“The Salute to Service Award is part of USAA and the NFL’s year-round commitment to honor, empower, and connect with our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families. The 32 nominees from each NFL team were announced in November and consisted of active and retired players, coaches, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community.”

Cardona joins an impressive list of Patriots players acknowledged for the work away from the field this season. This includes Jonthan Jones, David Andrews, and Lawrence Guy.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Twenty-two NFL players have played in at least five Super Bowls. However, only one of them is undefeated, while two others have no Super Bowl rings.

Charles Haley went 5-0 playing for San Francisco (two) and Dallas (three). On the opposite end of the spectrum, both Cornelius Bennett and Glenn Parker went 0-5. The two were teammates for four consecutive losses with the Buffalo Bills. Bennett lost a fifth Super Bowl playing for Atlanta (1998), while Parker lost his fifth with the New York Giants (2001).

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day comes from New England Patriots captain Deatrich Wise, celebrating his induction into the Hebron High School Hall of Fame (side note: Wise was a high school teammate of Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams)…