It's hard to believe that it's been three years since Dont'a Hightower was a member of the Patriots' active roster. He has since retired, but it was just announced that he will be returning to the team he helped make so successful in a new role on Jerod Mayo's staff.
New England has finally found their next linebackers coach!
Mayo first mentioned the idea last year when asked about his aspirations to be a head coach one day. He spoke about wanting to recruit Hightower to his staff, wherever that may be, and now that will become a reality in the place they both called home for the entirety of their careers.
The announcement was made on Twitter/X on Friday afternoon via Hightower's agency, and boy, Patriots fans got some great news heading into the Super Bowl weekend.
The initial reaction to Mayo's suggestion of it all was positive, with most fans hoping to see it to fruition, especially in New England. Hightower never publicly commented on it, besides a tweet he responded to with eyeball emojis.
But now the Patriots staff is nearly complete, and this news has fans even more excited about 2024, a season full of surprises and, hopefully, a lot of success.
There doesn't seem to be anyone better for the job and to replace Mayo than Hightower, a player who gave his absolute all to his team each and every game. He will now mentor the next generation of defensive players in Foxboro and hopefully help them become the best they can be, maybe throwing in a bit of Hightower-like domination to put it over the top.
Imagine this absolute machine coaching the next generation of defensive stars for the Patriots. This is incredibly exciting news and even more reason to pay attention to this offseason more closely.