Jerod Mayo explains why he retuned to Patriots to coach linebackers

Ryan Hannable
May 10, 2019 - 1:25 pm

FOXBORO -- Jerod Mayo has been away from the NFL for three years following announcing his retirement early in 2016 and it seemed he was having a good life.

He remained in the area and worked at Optum, but stayed connected to the game by working for NBC Sports Boston during the football season. While that all seemed well and good, Mayo still had an itch to coach, which leads him to now coaching the Patriots inside linebackers for the upcoming season.

"Man, it feels great," he said Friday. "I left for a couple of years, took a little break, went to corporate America, now I'm back here. It feels like home. It feels like home."

Mayo added: "I feel good where I am. My family, they were very supportive of the decision to come back. That was the main thing -- my kids were good with it and my wife's good with it. That was pretty much it." 

The No. 10 overall pick by the Patriots in the 2008 draft seemed like a potential coach as a player, but when he retired and didn't get right into coaching some thought it may never happen.

"I always had the itch to get back into it -- get back into coaching, get back into teaching -- and any time you get an opportunity to learn from the greatest head coach of all time, you've got to kind of jump on that opportunity," he said.

Mayo will get to work with Dont'a Hightower, someone he mentored as a player, but also some of the younger players like Elandon Roberts, Ja'Whaun Bentley and Christian Sam. He's looking forward to it.

"I see guys who are hungry," Mayo said. "Guys who are hungry to learn. We'll see when we get on the field."

The Patriots are in the midst of their voluntary offseason workout program with mandatory minicamp coming June 4-6.

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