Jerod Mayo says he’s retiring from Patriots

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Linebacker Jerod Mayo ended his season on injured reserve for the third straight year and this year’s torn pectoral muscle will be the last injury of his NFL career.

Mayo took to Instagram Tuesday evening with a post that he captioned “Retiring A Patriot.” Rather than an image, Mayo displayed a short note of thanks to the Patriots for his eight years with the club.

“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 past 8 years,” Mayo wrote. “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. #51 JMayo”

Mayo also tore his pectoral in 2013 and tore the patellar tendon in his knee in 2014, which limited him to 12 games across those two seasons. He was set to make $3.4 million in salary and a $4.5 million roster bonus in 2016 and his departure leaves the Pats with $7 million more in cap space and $4.4 million in dead money.

111 responses to “Jerod Mayo says he’s retiring from Patriots

  1. A great patriot. Team player, hard working, selfless and thankful to be part of something bigger than him. Good luck Jerod and thanks for all the memories and effort.

  2. Hes retiring? Wow really thought hed play somewhere else. I feel like it was yesterday fans were pushing for Gholstom and Rivers and BB took Mayo, he had a great career here. Ill miss him.

  3. thepftpoet says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:51 PM
    Congrats on a great career Jerod Mayo.

    If you really wanted to retire on top, you would have retired with the Minnesota Vikings though.

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    Blair Walsh would’be kept him from doing so

  4. Jerod Mayo: Always a great player and class act. Unfortunately, snakebitten by injuries the past few years. Thanks for the memories! Hey, Bill, Jerod would make a terrific LB coach and would be a great guy to keep around the organization.

  5. Excellent old school tackling machine MLB who did a ton of good work in the community. The NFL needs more gentlemen like Mr. Mayo. Godspeed and good health in your well-deserved retirement.

  6. Gratz on a great career Jerod! Hope he is able to translate his knowledge of the game into coaching ability…. he would be a great addition to the Patriots coaching staff if he could.

    Heart of a Champion, and has a Ring to match. Best of luck!

  7. macker1283
    Feb 16, 2016, 6:54 PM EST
    I”m confused, is he retiring from Patriots or retiring altogether? Headline makes it seem like he just means hes done with Patriots.

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    Same thing. Either way, he wouldn’t be in the big leagues anymore

  8. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:52 PM

    The guilt of cheating eats away at most guilty people. He couldn’t handle it anymore, I understand completely
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    vsb:
    Another masochist.

  9. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:52 PM
    The guilt of cheating eats away at most guilty people. He couldn’t handle it anymore, I understand completely.

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    One trick pony. So predictable.

  10. Muscles may be good everything else can’t support them. Side effect of steroids. If Goodell would imply the same testing for the patriots as everyone else this wouldn’t happen.

  11. “But of course. Who’s ever known a Chantel not to be introspective and analytical?”

    Lowbrow to badmouth someone’s girl. Lowbrow, you rube.

  12. Could have been great, but ravaged by injuries. Gone too soon. Not just pesky little injuries, but serious injury after injury. Great potential, just couldn’t stay on the field consistently.

  13. says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:22 PM
    Jerod Mayo says hes retiring from the patriots…with a guilty conscience.

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    And also a Super Bowl Championship.

  14. There are a lot of ignorant posters throwing words like “cheater” at Mayo, who know nothing about the man.

    Mayo was tabbed to be the next Tedy Bruschi. While he showed a lot of heart and good Leadership, he never quite reached Bruschi’s level. And yes, he was injury-prone the last three seasons.

  15. Can’t wait for the heads of the haters to explode on March 3rd (or shortly thereafter). It’s coming, losers.

  16. vancouversportsbro says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:52 PM

    The guilt of cheating eats away at most guilty people. He couldn’t handle it anymore, I understand completely.
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    So, you are a guilty cheater?

    Lawl. Nice confession.

  17. gysot says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:22 PM

    Jerod Mayo says hes retiring from the patriots…with a guilty conscience.
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    Source?

  18. Good grief…too many patriots haters. Just admit that the organization is an all time great one and move on….and this is coming from a hardcore Giants fan since 1979. Give the pats their due respect.

  19. thepftpoet says:
    Feb 16, 2016 6:51 PM
    Congrats on a great career Jerod Mayo.

    If you really wanted to retire on top, you would have retired with the Minnesota Vikings though.

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    On top of what? Turd Mountain?

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:17 PM

    dapats1 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:11 PM
    A class act and a true Patriot. Thanks for your great play and leadership. How about Patriot’s linebacker coach?
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    So a true cheater.

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    28-24. 🙂

    Seahags completely and thoroughly punked by Tom Brady and never to return to the Super Bowl. 🙂

    OUCH!

  21. phinland says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:09 PM
    All these comments and nobody has bothered to ask…Who the Hell is “Thundercat”?
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    New code name for “The Deflator”

  22. Just remember one thing Patriot Hater! 🙂

    You are NOTHING boy!

    BOW to the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty!

    BOW to the team that has won more titles than any NFL team in the last 25 years!

    BOW to the team that has won more games than any team this century!

    BOW to the paragon of excellence in the modern NFL!

    🙂

  23. jchipwood says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:50 PM
    Muscles may be good everything else can’t support them. Side effect of steroids. If Goodell would imply the same testing for the patriots as everyone else this wouldn’t happen.
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    Lame and baseless. But mostly just lame.

  24. Great Patriot! Outside shot at the Pats HOF in a few years and/or a return in a coaching capacity. Best of luck #51!

  25. “If you really wanted to retire on top, you would have retired with the Minnesota Vikings though.”

    Somehow bottom feeding has become “on top” ?

    SMH

  26. You’re going to see more of this. Guys retiring due to physical concerns…in sure he could have played next year but it seems like more players are thinking about life after football. I applaud him for that. Nice player. Not a douche on or off the field.

  27. Itst amazing how all those fans of losing teams put down the dynasty that is the patriots. Check the facts before you all jump on the cheating bandwagon, you jealous losers….

  28. I love the trolls. I’ll always appreciate you care more about our team than your own team. I love football. When a class dude exits stage right after entertaining us, playing for our team or being a thorn in the side as a rival. When they retire we salute them for a career well done. That’s at least how I was raised to be in Massachusetts. What kind of squalid household were these trolls raised in?

    Jerod did his job and was a class act on and off. Well done

  29. He was a great,great player before the 3 consecutive season ending injuries.
    And by every account he was also a class act and a team first guy.

    I wish him all the best and I’m grateful for the way he played as a Patriot.

  30. Jets fan here…I remember being disappointed but guardedly optimistic when we took Vernon Gholston over him. That obviously worked out the way it always does when you compare Jets; and Pats’ picks. He was a really, really good player who always did what was asked. Underrated lunch pail type player who is only really appreciated by fans of his team and of division teams. Best wishes after a very respectable career.

    Also, there really shouldn’t be any dead money penalty when a player retires. Even if it is the Pats losing $, that shouldn’t be the case. yet another thing the NFL needs to correct.

  31. All the best to Mr. Jerod Mayo.

    A great man on and off the field.

    As for the usual comments, they are a clear demonstration that the Pats are the only truly relevant franchise in the NFL.

    A Pats player retiring gets more comments than stories about players who just won the Super Bowl!

    Thank you for taking the time to demonstrate and prove the Pats greatness.

    * there, you all can exhale now!!!

  32. Mayo was a rock and all by himself at times on some porous NE defenses. One of the classiest players I’ve ever seen, up there with Barry Sanders and Sam Mills on the let-your-play-do-the-talking list of greats. I can only wish him the best and say THANKS for everything!

  33. J Mayo……total class act….lives his life serving others and always putting team first. It is players like you that make the Pats organization what it is. Congratulations on the contributions you have made to the team, to your teammates, to the fans and to the community. You will walk away from a career cut short by injuries but having contributed to a Super Bowl Championship. God speed to you, your family and the next chapter in your life.

  34. Bills fan here. The best complement I can give him is, I’m glad my team doesn’t have to face him twice a year anymore. Class act and a helluva player. Congrats to him for a great career.

  35. voiceofreason948 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:05 PM
    Jerod Mayo: Always a great player and class act. Unfortunately, snakebitten by injuries the past few years. Thanks for the memories! Hey, Bill, Jerod would make a terrific LB coach and would be a great guy to keep around the organization.

    One of the classiest players to ever play in NFL. Injuries caused him to lose starter role…never complained, and supported him team so well. Alot like Wilfork as person.

    No doubt, many feel he the next LB coach….Think he’ll resemble Joey Porter??…Thats a joke.

  36. Eight years doesn’t seem like a long time, but considering his injuries, the surgeries and the rehabs, I get it. It has to just suck to go under the knife for three straight post seasons.

    And he does have a ring. We in Patriots Nation thank him for his service and wish him well.

  37. I met Mayo a couple of years back through his financial advisers. Bright guy. I expect unlike most NFL players he has invested wisely and will do well in retirement, whether he returns to Tennesee or stays in Massachusetts.

    His retirement at a relatively young age highlights what a tough profession professional football is for even the best players, and Mayo was that through most of his career, a career cut short by injuries.

    As for the Patriots, I remember when they drafted Hightower many said it was the wrong choice given that Mayo was young and a team leader. Somehow, Belichick, the guy so many say is a terrible GM, made a wise move.

    Good luck Jerod!

  38. In response to some of the less intelligent comments above, I will throw out a couple of simple facts. You guys know what a factual statement is; it is based on the truth instead of pejorative bs.

    If I am not mistaken, Mayo was never accused of teabagging a female trainer, and his father did not smear a female trainer’s good name in a book aimed at protecting the image of his son. That was another famous Tennessee alumnus.

  39. All of the doorknobs here that post their snarky “cheaters” comments have one thing in common. They are resoundingly disagreed with. Yet, they continue as if they think someone cares.

    That said, congrats Jerod. You had a great career.

  40. jchipwood says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:50 PM
    Muscles may be good everything …blah, blah, blah….

    You must be thrilled that Steven Ross has stated that he hopes that in Adam Gase he has hired the next Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick. And I quote: I was looking for somebody that really could be the next, if you will, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells. You know, really great head coach, and I think we got one.

    After all, Bill Parcells helped to start to make the Patriots relevant again, and Bill Belichick is a driving force behind turning the Patriots into the Greatest Professional Sports Dynasty of All-Time.

  41. Obviously, he doesn’t like playing for Belichick. Heard this from a second string Steelers running back.

  42. arwiv says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:11 PM
    Good grief…too many Patriots haters. Just admit that the organization is an all time great one and move on….and this is coming from a hardcore Giants fan since 1979. Give the Pats their due respect.
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    As Giants fans we have a perspective that all the pathetic trolls lack. Unlike the jealous ‘Hawks, Phins, Iggles, Rams, Panthers and Steelers fans the Pats have never kept us from getting ours. If they did though I have no doubt we would tip our caps and take it like adults. As for the Vikes trolls, they are Viking fans…think about that for a minute.

    My wife is a Boston girl and serious Pats fan, one way or another we end up seeing every one of their games. Jerod Mayo was a solid player and pre injury a straight up force. Wish him well in his retirement.

  43. “BOW to the team that has won more titles than any NFL team in the last 25 years!”
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    I’m not hating on this comment because I’ve used select brackets of history to support my team’s accomplishments. For instance, stretch that out to 30 years, and we got you beat (tiebreaker goes to us). Likewise, condense it down to 9 years and we got you beat there to (2-1).

    Be honest, you kept the G-Men in mind when you were carving out this comment. No worries. It’s cool. You guys have been the apex for this millenia. Doesn’t bother me or my fan base.

  44. Classy. Rock solid. You felt good knowing he was on the defense. As a fan, he was everything you could ever want in a player to make you feel good rooting for your team, both on and off the field. Very sorry to see the injuries take their toll on his body, at the same time happy for him and his family in his retirement. Future coach? Seems like a sure thing if he wants it.

    P.S. I appreciate all the positive comments about him from other teams (Broncos, Bills, and Jets, maybe more). Those acknowledgements speak volumes for how true fans of the sport still appreciate good players, even from opposing teams.

    As for the trolls and obsessive-compulsives who insist on trolling in a thread about a very classy player whose career was cut short by injury…you are very small people who have no life, or you might need professional help. Maybe both.

  45. jag1959 ,,arwiv, justintuckrule – nice posts from Giants’ fans. As a fan of Pro football, the first team I watched on TV were the Giants as the AFL was still a few years from being a reality. The Parcels, Belichick, LT Giants’ era are one of my all time favorites.

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