Jerod Mayo joined the NFL as a New England Patriot and now he appears to be leaving the league as one too. On Tuesday, the veteran linebacker turned to social media to announce his retirement in a note thanking the team ownership, coaches and fans for their support during his eight-year career. It wasn't long after that tributes began to pour in from Jerod's teammates past and present, including Devin McCourty, Vince Wilfork and Duron Harmon.
Can't imagine playing a season without this guy @jerod_mayo51 ...can't thank him enough for what he's done to help my career and help me as a man. Been a blessing how teammates turn to brothers...one of the greatest Patriots to lace the cleats up...I gotta come hit the basement with the Fam...always I appreciate you and @mrsmayo51 adopting me LOL -Dmac
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Over the years I had a chance to play with some great ball players but no better person than my brother mayo. We spent a lot of time on and off the field and we became family. From his wife Chani and his three kids, chya, pop, and chyanne nothing but first class family. I had the luxury to become family and till this day enjoy our friendship we built over the years. There's no price tag u can put on what we have. The struggles on field the meetings the film study the dinners the Bbq the crab boils Chani oxtails and chicken the good times and the bad times. Rehabbing together, working out together, You name it we done it and we will continue to do it cuz we are family. That's something no one can take from us. No matter how far we are apart we only a phone call away. The game only last for so long and it's time to move on and I understand that. Enjoy your life with ur family. Football is just a stepping stone for what we wanna be in life, now it's time to enjoy life brotha. Thanks for the memories we have up to this point, because I know there is a lot more to make. and since you will have time, come to Houston so I can finally teach you how to Bbq lmao. I love u bro. Much love and respect to what u have accomplished so far but I kno it's plenty more things in life you will excel in and I can't wait to see and hear all about them. One love 💯 FOE ( family over everything )
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It was a great experience playing with one of the best Patriots linebacker to play last 10 years! My man is riding of in the sunset on top! Will always miss you out there brotha! @jerod_mayo51 #TruePatriot #retirement #Mayo51 #BigBro #AnotherOneGone
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Been nothing less of an honor to share the field with @jerod_mayo51 .... Showed me a lot on the field but showed me just as much off the field.....The way your family welcomed me and my family to New England will always be appreciated.....Thanks for everything man and I truly believe the best is yet to come for you! Enjoy ya fam and retirement big dog!
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