Eight-year linebacker Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that he will possibly be retiring from the NFL via his Instagram profile. Mayo has been a consistent face in the Patriots' organization since 2008, and appeared in all 16 games in three different seasons, including this year's.
Mayo's career started with him being the AP defensive rookie of the year in his debut season with 98 tackles. In 2010 he had 114 tackles, and made the Pro Bowl as well as First Team All-Pro. He was also 10th in the league in fumbles recovered with three that season. Mayo also appeared in the 2012 Pro Bowl game, in a season where he appeared in all games, and had 87 tackles and three sacks.
In the past three seasons, Mayo's impact hasn't been as large, but he's still been a decent defensive player. He had at least 35 tackles in his final three seasons as a Patriot.
Now, with his career coming to a close, he has totaled 11 sacks, 535 tackles, and seven recovered fumbles. His impact on the field was great, and he will surely be missed by New England.
As for what Mayo has thought of his career, he called being an NFL player a, "life changing event," and thanked the Kraft family, head coach Bill Belichick, as well as the fans. Mayo was a part of two Super Bowl wins, and numerous playoff appearances.
Mayo didn't say what's next for his life, but after eight years in the NFL, he's probably ready to slow down, enjoy retirement, and spend some more time with his family before he moves on to do anything else.