New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo announced his retirement on Instagram Tuesday, and it didn't take long for his former teammates to pay homage.

Several players took to Instagram and Twitter to talk about Mayo, but nobody was closer to him than the defensive teammates he played with. Current Patriots safety Devin McCourty and former nose tackle Vince Wilford left Mayo with the two most heartfelt messages upon hearing the news.

Wilfork honored Mayo with a message about how much he has meant to him off the field and what they have been through together.

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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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McCourty's message focused on what Mayo has done to help him become the player he is today. He even mentioned Mayo as one of the greatest Patriots ever.

Can't imagine playing a season without this guy @jerod_mayo51 ...can't thank him enough for what he's done to help my career and help me as a man. Been a blessing how teammates turn to brothers...one of the greatest Patriots to lace the cleats up...I gotta come hit the basement with the Fam...always I appreciate you and @mrsmayo51 adopting me LOL -Dmac

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Mayo retired after playing all eight seasons with the Patriots, and it's clear that the former two-time Pro Bowler's impact was not limited only to what he has been able to accomplish on the field.