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Jerod Mayo on returning to work, getting over the Super Bowl loss and acting for the Farrelly Brothers

04.17.12 at 1:46 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo just wrapped up a quick conversation with the media here at Gillette Stadium in between workouts. Here are a few highlights of his Q&A:

Thoughts on being back: “I’ve been good. Just happy to be back. I really didn’t go anywhere, so I’ve just been working out by myself. It’s good to get the coaches — well, the strength coaches — back working with us.”

How much time have you had to rest? “A couple weeks. I love working out and just getting ready for the next season, especially ending a disappointing season like that in the Super Bowl. You always want to get back to work and try to get better for next year.”

Is this week about moving on? “I think so, just getting the guys back together, seeing all the new faces, kind of seeing how the team is going to gel together, just building that camaraderie with these workouts.”

Any connection with the new guys? “[Donte] Stallworth is a Tennessee Vol, but not too many of the other guys. But we’re working out now, and I’m getting to know each and every one of them.”

On Trevor Scott: “He’s been around. he’s a good dude, working hard. I’m not really into taking attendance because everyone works out at different times. I’ll take attendance next time we do this. I’ll let you know who is there.”

Have you watched the Super Bowl? “I have watched it a couple times.”

Why? “Just to break down film like you do every other game, just to see where we went wrong. But at the same time, I’m passed that, and just working to get back to that point next year.”

On the effect of a Super Bowl loss: “It’s very draining at first, but at the same time, we know we have to get back to work. We have a young team, have a lot of faces back, and hopefully we have a good team.”

On losing friend Gary Guyton to Miami: “It’s tough. He’s been beside me for a long time now. You see us in the locker room always chopping it up, but he’s a good player and he’s moving onto another team. I hope he wins every game except for ours.”

On the difference of new CBA and impact on workouts: “Obviously, we’re a couple weeks out from where we usually start, but all of the workouts feel the same. All of the running feels the same. I’m tired right now.”

Does this make you think about what you missed last year with the lockout? “A little bit. It’s always good just to have those strength coaches out there, just seeing the guys, having the whole group together, it’s better this year than it was last year.”

How has your role here changed? “Um…I don’t even think we have captains right now; I don’t think we voted again. But like I said, I just try to lead by example, I’ve always done that, and just try to come in and work every day.”

You and Troy Brown have an acting career — will there be more in your future? “I don’t know, right now I’m focused on football. But if there are any roles out there — I’m willing to take them. I had a little role. It was fun. Good time. Those guys are great. Went out there and had a great time last year and came it came out Friday.”

How did that come to be? “I just got the call from the Farrelly Brothers and it was a good time. Bobby and Peter are great guys; I just had a little part, but it was a good time.”

How many lines did you have? “One long one.”

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