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Warming trend

Warming trend

After playing high school football in Hampton, Va., and college ball at Tennessee, he struggled a bit with his adjustment to the frigid conditions he has encountered playing pro ball in Massachusetts.

"The first two years were pretty tough,"Jerod Mayo admitted on a Monday teleconference arranged specifically for Tennessee media. His adjustment to the rigors of the NFL, by comparison, has been a snap. The former Vol linebacker garnered 49 of 50 first-place votes for Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after posting 128 stops in 2008-09. He recorded more than 100 tackles in 2009-1...

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