New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has announced his retirement through a post on Instagram.
In his post, Mayo expressed his gratitude for playing with the Patriots for the last eight years and thanked the organization and the Patriot fans for their support.
“After a lot of thought, Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life changing event…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,” Mayo said in his post.
He also added that he and his family will prepare for what the future awaits them and said that memories with the Patriots will remain in their hearts.
Mayo’s retirement has not been confirmed yet by either the Patriots organization and by his agent.
However, if Mayo’s retirement is indeed true then he might have a place in the Patriots coaching staff as the team has yet to announce the replacement for linebacker coach Patrick Graham, who was hired by the New York Giants during the off season.
Mayo was drafted by the Patriots 10th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and made an impact in the game as he was named NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the year. He was also elected twice in the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2012 and a member of the Patriots squad that won the Super Bowl XLIX.
During his college days, Mayo played for the University of Tennessee and was named to the All-Joe Team, All Rookie Team and All-SEC first team in 2007. He was ranked 11th among outside linebackers nationwide.
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