Jerod Mayo, long-time cornerstone of the Patriots recent linebacking corps announced his retirement yesterday at the age of 29. Once a lock for a league-leader in tackles, Mayo struggled with substantial injuries in recent years and was a clearly diminished player when on the field this past year.
While the retirement does have some beneficial financial ramifications for the Patriots, his presence will certainly be missed in the locker room moving forward. Several players have already spoken up regarding their long-time teammate.
Devin McCourty took to Instagram to state his feelings on Mayo's retirement, saying:
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
Other Patriots players voiced their appreciation for Mayo's long-term contributions to the team, according to Josh Alpert of Pro Football Talk:
Defensive end Chandler Jones said he was “honored” to play alongside Mayo in a post hashtagged “legend,” which was also a word that wide receiver Julian Edelman used to describe Mayo.
Additionally, former teammate Vince Wilfork took to Instagram to honor his longtime friend and defensive mate.
Mayo announced his retirement yesterday via Instagram after 8 seasons with the team.