A Conversation With Jerod Mayo

Ryan BurnsAnalyst IMay 13, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: John Lynch #47, Jerod Mayo #51, and Tedy Bruschi #54 of the New England Patriots take a breather against the Philadelphia Eagles during preseason action at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

As a CBSSports.com Correspondent, some responsibilities will surely include interviewing players, coaches and front office officials. 

Here are a few questions that I would ask Patriots Linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Describe the feeling you got when you were drafted by the Patriots last year.

How important was it to contribute right away and did you feel any pressure to perform at such a high level?

Describe the role that a veteran line backing corps (Bruschi, Thomas) played in helping you adjust to the NFL.

Was there a particular game, play, or moment last season when you realized you had made it? When did it occur and what was going through your mind at the time?

What does losing a veteran like Mike Vrabel mean for this defense in terms of preparation and execution, also how did he help you in your rookie season?

Was there any aspect of playing in the NFL or playing for the Patriots that was more challenging than you anticipated?

It has been said that younger defensive players might have a hard time learning the Belichick system. How did you deal with learning a complex NFL playbook?

Did you set any goals for yourself this offseason when working out in the gym?  How have you stayed focused and driven since last offseason?

What areas of the game do you feel like you can improve in?

Where does winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year rank in terms of your accomplishments?

Both of your brothers play linebacker in college, Derek at Richmond and Deron at Hofstra. Do you speak with them regularly, and what advice do you give them to help their game?

You played every snap for the defense last season, what does that say about your conditioning and preparation?

Where are some of your favorite spots to visit in New England for nightlife. Any favorite clubs, restaurants, etc?

Who do you normally hang out with on the team?

What are five things that you never leave the house without?

How easy was it to adjust to life in the New England area?

Given Boston sports' recent success, do you feel any pressure to live up to the standards that have been set by the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and now Bruins?

What was your hardest hit of your career?

Who is the toughest running back to bring down and why?

What is your ultimate goal in life?

Do you have any plans for life after the National Football League?

As a defender, how do you feel about new rules that limit what a defender can do on the field?

Do you think Quarterbacks are too protected by the league?

How excited are you to have Tom Brady back in the mix this season?

How tuned in are you to the sports media, and what role does it play in your life?

Any favorite websites, blogs, or columns?

Do you play fantasy football, if so how was your team last season?

List three things you want to accomplish this season.