Bill Belichick pays tribute to Logan Mankins, Jerod Mayo: 'Pillars in the organization'

March 22, 2016 - 5:36 am
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[caption id="attachment_107315" align="alignright" width="400"]Jerod Mayo retired this offseason after eight seasons with the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Jerod Mayo retired this offseason after eight seasons with the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)[/caption] This offseason has seen the retirement of linebacker Jerod Mayo and offensive lineman Logan Mankins, two players who were fundamental to the success of the Patriots for roughly a decade. On Tuesday morning, New England coach Bill Belichick took time out at the owners' meetings in Florida to pay tribute to two players he said were "pillars" in their time as players. "There have been very few players in my career that I've had the opportunity to coach that have had the sort of impact on a team that Jerod has," Belichick said of Mayo. "He's been a pleasure to coach and a great addition to our team, both on and off the field. I'm sure I've learned a lot more from him than he learned from me." Mayo played nine seasons with the Patriots. A former All-Pro, the Tennessee product led the team in tackles every year from 2008 through 2012, and his 175 tackles (per ESPN) in 2010 led the league. "The attitude, work ethic and love for football he brought was special," Belichick added on Mayo. "He was very special." As for Mankins, he didn't get the chance to finish his career in a Patriots uniform, but carved out a legacy of toughness that will be tough to mach. The former Fresno State star also reached All-Pro status, playing in New England for nine seasons and in Tampa for another two. "Like Jerod, [Logan] was a No. 1 draft choice -- came in and made an immediate impact on our team. Just a great person to have on our team," Belichick said. "His family, Jerod and his family, they were more than just players. They were pillars in the organization, from a total standpoint." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.