The early retirement epidemic around the National Football League continues today with the retirement announcement of New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo.
After eight seasons in the league, the two-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion calls it quits at the age of 29. The 10th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft racked up 800 combined tackles, 11.0 sacks and four picks in 93 career starts, including five seasons with 100+ tackles.
Mayo, the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year winner, was placed on the injured reserve on January 19, prior to the AFC Championship game, due to a shoulder injury. And it appears the injuries suffered throughout his career had taken a toll on Mayo.
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