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Highlighting players who pass it on

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the things that stands out from covering the New England Patriots is players who "pass it on."

The thought came to mind after speaking briefly with linebacker Jerod Mayo on Thursday, where he was a guest instructor at the SBLI Kids Football Clinic with Tedy Bruschi.

Mayo feels strongly about the impact Bruschi had on his career, and that's why he devoted time to work his camp. In turn, Bruschi attended Mayo's charity event earlier this year.

Mayo, who seems to be mature beyond his years, said that he had his bags packed for a late Thursday flight. He was headed to Bryan, Texas to be a guest instructor at Ty Warren's "1st and Goal Foundation" Life Skills and Drills Football Clinic, where Gary Guyton was also scheduled to be an instructor.

This isn't exclusive to the Patriots, as players from other NFL teams are doing the same, but what stands out to me from a Patriots perspective is the linkage between players who have been part of the team in different decades.

Warren has talked in the past about how veterans like Willie McGinest, Bobby Hamilton and Anthony Pleasant showed him the ropes when he first arrived as a rookie in 2003.

Now entering his eighth season, Warren is a senior presence in the locker room, passing along similar wisdom to the team's younger players like Mayo and Guyton.

And on and on it goes.