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Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

Rob Ninkovich is the new Mike Vrabel

FOXBOROUGH — Stop me if you’ve heard this before: There is a bearded No. 50 on the Patriots’ defense who has an uncanny knack for being in the right spot at the right time, and represents all that’s right with the gridiron gestalt spouted by the folks in Fort Foxborough.

It’s hard to believe, but the current No. 50, Rob Ninkovich, has never met his hirsute forerunner, Mike Vrabel.

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