Jerod Mayo: 'I could never see myself playing for another team'

Ryan Hannable
March 24, 2016 - 3:01 pm
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[caption id="attachment_107442" align="alignright" width="400"]Jerod Mayo said Thursday he couldn't see himself playing for another team besides Patriots. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports) Jerod Mayo said Thursday he couldn't see himself playing for another team besides Patriots. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)[/caption] While Jerod Mayo's time in New England was up after this season, the 30-year-old former first-round pick likely could have found a job with another team, but he didn't want to do that and was happy to announce his retirement. "I could never play for someone else. I told Bill [Belichick] that," Mayo said Thursday while speaking to Patriots.com's "PFW in Progress". "If teams were calling, I would never go. I could never see myself playing for another team. I'm big into loyalty. … The Kraft family and Coach Belichick, they've always been loyal to me and I owe it to them. It hasn't been about money. … It honestly was never really about the money after you finish that first contract. I just love the game of football. It's all about relationships, I've formed some great relationships, from the people in the kitchen to the janitors and the coaches. I've always tried to treat everyone the same, leave a legacy of giving back." While many thought Mayo might get into coaching, he said he plans on joining Optum, a health services and innovation company. Earlier this week at the NFL owners meetings, Belichick had a lot of praise for Mayo, saying he learned more from him than Mayo learned from Belichick. "I find that hard to believe," Mayo said. "It's a great compliment. Maybe about things in the locker room and things like that. Bill's a great guy. They really don't see him the same way that I see him, but he's a great teacher, a great mentor, and not only about football, about becoming a man and being a pillar in the community. "A lot of people don't talk about that with Bill, but he does give back a lot. Any time I had a charity, he would sign something. He would ask me before I would ask him. 'Hey do you need something for this?' I try to use those principles now with my kids and with family. Hopefully I can use some of those principles that he used to lead these great football teams in the next aspect of my life." Mayo finishes his NFL career with 802 tackles and three interceptions.