Devin McCourty: 'Tough' to replace Jerod Mayo

Ryan Hannable
February 17, 2016 - 8:37 am

[caption id="attachment_94967" align="alignright" width="150"]Devin McCourtyDevin McCourty[/caption] It's clear Jerod Mayo meant much more to the Patriots than what he did on the field. It went beyond football as Mayo was a person who cared about everyone in the organization and everyone felt the same way about him. Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday, safety Devin McCourty talked about what it will be like without Mayo on the team after the linebacker announced he will be retiring Tuesday night. "First of all, I just think we'll miss probably one of the best leaders that I have ever got a chance to play with," McCourty said. "The thing I think with Mayo, he's a special person. I think that is why going through the last couple years of his career -- injuries, not being able to do the things he wants to do on the field because of rehab and different things like that, it didn't bother him as much just hanging it up because he knows he has so much more he wants to do. I'm happy for him to be able to be at a space and time in his life where he's OK not playing again. "For us, from a football standpoint, it will be tough. That guy, no matter what, if he was on the field, if he was rehabbing, he kept the locker room light. He kept practice always entertaining and fun. I don't think you will find a person in the building, top to bottom that doesn't love Mayo and loved having him around. It will be tough. "I don't think we can replace him with a guy or even several guys. It will just be different, especially for me being there six years and him being there every year I was there. It will be tough going out here envision him playing and practicing and doing all those things not hearing his voice and him there in person." Mayo spent eight seasons in the league, all with the Patriots after being selected No. 10 overall in the 2008 draft.