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Big turnout for Jerod Mayo charity event

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  March 25, 2010 09:29 PM

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iconphotostwo066007-249_jerod_mayo.jpgDEDHAM -- Dozens of Patriots players and staff showed up for Jerod Mayo's celebrity bowling tournament at Kings Dedham at Legacy Place tonight.

The inaugural event benefited Pitching in for Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing earmarked grants that improve the lives of children in New England.

Mayo may be entering his third season but he said he learned from former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi that he can do plenty in the community no matter how long he has been in the NFL.

"You know, I try to model my career after Tedy Bruschi as far as in the community and things he does," Mayo said. "He's made a major impact here. Even though he's not playing anymore, he's still living here, so that's something I want to do. Anytime you're able to give back to the community that's a major thing."

Bruschi was among those who attended the event that also included guests like Mayo's mother and stepfather, uncle and aunt and other family friends.

"It's part of the progression," Bruschi said. "I saw him progress from a rookie to a second-year player and now he's making himself known to the community here. It's nice to see because he's one of the signature players on that defense and he's doing a good job."

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