Jerod Mayo announces retirement after 8 seasons

After eight seasons as a New England Patriot, Jerod Mayo on Tuesday announced his retirement via an Instagram post.

Mayo, who turns 30 next week, played in 16 games this season, making eight starts. He recorded 35 tackles and one sack, along with one batted pass. His season ended abruptly just days before the Pats' 20-18 AFC Championship loss to Denver, when he was placed on injured reserve.

A photo posted by Jerod Mayo (@jerod_mayo51) on

After a lot of thought Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life changing event ... that of becoming a New England Patriot for the last 8 years. We are extremely grateful to "Thundercat," Jonathan, the Kraft family, Coach Belichick, the Pats organization, and the most amazing fans in contributing to these pages of our lives. As my family and I prepare for the future be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts. #51JMayo

Mayo, taken 10th-overall by the Pats in 2008, was revered for his relentless work ethic -- which was reflected in his selection as a defensive captain from 2009 through 2015. His best season came in 2010, when he recorded 114 tackles, two sacks and three recovered fumbles, en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance and first-team All-Pro honors. He also recorded 87 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in 2012 -- good enough for his second Pro Bowl appearance.

Though his playing time dipped in the 2015 campaign, Mayo will be a tough void for the Pats to fill this offseason. Not only will he be missed on the field, but in the film room as well. It's not often that players with his attitude come around.

Mayo joins players such as Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch and (supposedly) Peyton Manning as premier NFL players to announce their respective retirements this offseason.

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