New England Patriots Links 8/31/11 - Jerod Mayo Accepts Ron Burton Community Service Award

Jerod Mayo graces this cover of the Sports Illustrated NFL Preview issue

Jerod Mayo accepts the 2011 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

"Since the day I was drafted here, the Kraft family really told me to be a good football player but they also stressed to me to be good in the community and give back. It feels so fortunate to be in a great place like this – just to have role models like these past winners [Kevin Faulk, Vince Wilfork and Matt Light], Mr. Kraft and most importantly, Mrs. Myra Kraft. Not only did she give with her funds and things like that but her time. She was on the front lines, digging the holes, putting the trees up and things like that. Just seeing examples like that really means a lot to me and hopefully I can be an example for these younger guys. I appreciate it."

"It means a lot. When I first got here to New England I really looked up to guys like Kevin Faulk and Vince Wilfork. I saw the community work that they did and I just felt like I needed to give back as well. It starts with Mr. Kraft and Mrs. Kraft. Those guys were great examples and hopefully I'll continue to do it."

"I feel so blessed and fortunate to be in the position that I'm in, and feel like it's the best that I can do, to give back and see the smiles on the kids' faces. I'm all about the kids. "

Chris Forsberg reports Kevin Faulk acknowledged that he'll probably start the season on the PUP list, and how hard it is to be a spectator.

"When you’re a player and you've been doing it for this long, you understand the business and understand the game, so you accept your role and move on," Faulk said while addressing reporters before the Patriots' Kickoff Gala Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium. "Keep getting better [while on the PUP list], each and every day, and wait to see when your opportunity comes again. That's been my role for the past 13 years."

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