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Vince Wilfork (left) said hello to old teammate Jerod Mayo (right) before the Patriots played the Houston Texans last December.
Vince Wilfork (left) said hello to old teammate Jerod Mayo (right) before the Patriots played the Houston Texans last December.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Soon after Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo announced his retirement Tuesday evening, some of his teammates took to social media to express their appreciation for his career in New England.

Linebacker Rob Ninkovich tweeted a picture of himself with Mayo, with the caption “It’s been a privilege to play with such a great football player, tons of laughs! Thanks for all the years! #Mayo51”.

Defensive back Devin McCourty posted a picture on Instagram of both he and Mayo from a game against the Miami Dolphins.

“Been a blessing how teammates turn to brothers...one of the greatest Patriots to lace the cleats up,” McCourty wrote.

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Wide receiver Julian Edelman posted a picture of he and Mayo making pancakes at a charity event.

“Congrats on a great career proud to call you a #teammate #NewEnglandLegend,” Edelman posted on both Twitter and Facebook.

Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork weighed in on Instagram with a series of pictures, and some nice words describing their friendship.

“Over the years I had a chance to play with some great ball players but no better person than my brother mayo. We spent a lot of time on and off the field and we became family.”

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Over the years I had a chance to play with some great ball players but no better person than my brother mayo. We spent a lot of time on and off the field and we became family. From his wife Chani and his three kids, chya, pop, and chyanne nothing but first class family. I had the luxury to become family and till this day enjoy our friendship we built over the years. There's no price tag u can put on what we have. The struggles on field the meetings the film study the dinners the Bbq the crab boils Chani oxtails and chicken the good times and the bad times. Rehabbing together, working out together, You name it we done it and we will continue to do it cuz we are family. That's something no one can take from us. No matter how far we are apart we only a phone call away. The game only last for so long and it's time to move on and I understand that. Enjoy your life with ur family. Football is just a stepping stone for what we wanna be in life, now it's time to enjoy life brotha. Thanks for the memories we have up to this point, because I know there is a lot more to make. and since you will have time, come to Houston so I can finally teach you how to Bbq lmao. I love u bro. Much love and respect to what u have accomplished so far but I kno it's plenty more things in life you will excel in and I can't wait to see and hear all about them. One love 💯 FOE ( family over everything )

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Receiver Danny Amendola also posted a tribute.


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