Mayo and Ninkovich statements on Seau

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Via a team statement, the Patriots released statements this afternoon from linebackers Jerod Mayo and Rob Ninkovich, both former teammates of Junior Seau, reflecting on Seau's death yesterday:

Jerod Mayo Statement on Junior Seau

“I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news about Junior. I spent my first two years in the NFL with him. He was so approachable and welcoming and really worked with me to help me to adjust to life in the NFL. He was a true mentor and teammate. He had a legendary NFL career and had a passion for the game that I try to emulate. This is a sad day for me. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his many friends. “

Rob Ninkovich Statement on Junior Seau

“I grew up watching Junior Seau play linebacker. He defined the position and I try to emulate my play on the field after his. It was an honor to play with an NFL legend. 2009 was my first year with the Patriots and when Junior came in, our lockers were right next to each other. As a veteran, he shared valuable advice with me and was a true teammate. I am deeply saddened by the loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”