Found February 04, 2012 on Pats Propaganda:
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pepperonsports: Note to self: Do NOT slack off around Jerod Mayo.  The Patriots fourth-year linebacker and team captain plays hard on the field because of the upbringing he had off it.  At 25 years old, Mayo is regarded as a veteran by his teammates and head coach Bill Belichick, who sang his praises at a Super Bowl media session on Wednesday.  I relayed Belichick’s comments to Mayo who credited his grandfather, a former Sergeant in the Air Force, with instilling toughness and discipline in him at an early age.  Mayo said he’s not afraid to give his teammates a little kick in the pants if they fall out of line.  The video above is my conversation with Jerod. 
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