Players are walking away from the NFL at young ages with increased frequency in recent years. On Tuesday, linebacker Jerod Mayo added himself to the list.
At just 29-years-old, Mayo has decided to end his playing days and start on the next chapter of his life. He announced the choice via his Instagram account.
Mayo spent his entire eight-year career with the Patriots. He was the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and went on to carve out a career that saw him named to two Pro Bowls.
Unfortunately, each of Mayo’s last three season ended with him being placed on injured reserve. In 2013, a torn pectoral was the reason. A torn patella tendon ended his 2014 season. New England placed Mayo on injured reserve this past season after he injured his shoulder in a game against the Chiefs.
In 103 games, Mayo recorded 11 sacks, three interceptions, 8 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries.