Devin McCourty

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Devin McCourty
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McCourty with the Patriots in 2011
No. 32 – New England Patriots
Position:Free safety
Personal information
Born: (1987-08-13) August 13, 1987 (age 32)
Nyack, New York
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Saint Joseph Regional
(Montvale, New Jersey)
College:Rutgers
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:714
Sacks:3.0
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:4
Interceptions:21
Total touchdowns:2
Pass deflections:80
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

McCourty attended Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey, with his twin brother, Jason McCourty.[1] He played cornerback and free safety and was an all-league selection in his final two seasons. As a senior, he had 50 tackles and three interceptions.

Considered a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, McCourty only received one scholarship offer, from Rutgers.[2]

College career[edit]

McCourty attended Rutgers University, and played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team beginning in 2005.[3] After redshirting his first season, McCourty appeared in all 13 games as a freshman in 2006 and recorded 38 tackles and two interceptions.[4] In 2007, McCourty and his twin brother Jason McCourty started at cornerback, with Devin compiling 63 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and three blocked kicks on special teams.[5] He was named an All-Big East Conference academic selection in his first two seasons. McCourty started 13 games at cornerback in his 2008 junior season, picking up 57 tackles, one interception, and a blocked punt.[6] In his final season at Rutgers in 2009, McCourty started 13 games at cornerback, while still also working on special teams units. He had a career-high 80 tackles and also recorded one interception and 10 pass deflections. He also averaged 25.4 yards on kickoff returns and had a 98-yard kickoff return, third-longest in school history.[7] Following the season, he was named to the All-Big East first team.

McCourty graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor's degree in sociology.[8]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yards Avg TD
2006 Rutgers 13 13 38 23 15 0.5 2 69 34.5 1
2007 Rutgers 13 13 63 40 23 0.5 2 36 18.0 1
2008 Rutgers 13 13 57 37 20 0.0 1 0 0.0 0
2009 Rutgers 13 13 80 49 31 0.0 1 0 0.0 0
Career 52 52 238 149 89 1.0 6 105 17.5 2

Professional career[edit]

On August 25, 2009, NFL analyst Gil Brandt ranked McCourty the fourth best cornerback prospect heading into the 2010 NFL Draft.[9] He attended the NFL Scouting Combine and performed all of the combine drills. On March 10, 2010, McCourty attended Rutger's annual pro day, but chose to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, McCourty was projected to be a first or second round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[10] He was ranked third best cornerback prospect in the draft by Sports Illustrated and ESPN, was ranked the fourth best cornerback by DraftScout.com, and was ranked the fifth best cornerback in the draft by Bleacher Report.[11][12][13][14]

External video
Devin McCourty's NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 34 in
(1.80 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.48 s 1.60 s 2.65 s 4.07 s 6.70 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[15][16]

2010[edit]

The New England Patriots selected McCourty in the first round (27th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the third cornerback drafted in 2010.[17]

External video
Patriots draft McCourty 27th overall
2010 NFL Draft Vignette: Devin McCourty

On July 28, 2010, the New England Patriots signed McCourty to a five-year, $10 million contract that includes $7.28 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.50 million.[18][19][20]

Upon arriving in training camp, McCourty began competing for a job as a starting cornerback against Darius Butler. Head coach Bill Belichick named both McCourty and Darius Butler the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season after veteran Leigh Bodden was placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the preseason.[21] Bodden remained on injured reserve for the entire season.[22]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the New England Patriots' season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and recorded five solo tackles and a pass deflection in their 38–24 victory.[23] McCourty made his first career tackle on Adam Jones, ending Jones 19-yard kick return in the first quarter.[24] On October 24, 2010, McCourty made three combined tackles, a pass deflection, and made his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Philip Rivers during a 23–20 win at the San Diego Chargers in Week 7.[23] McCourty intercepted the pass that was originally intended for Patrick Crayton in the second quarter and was immediately tackled.[25] On November 14, 2010, he collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (nine solo) and broke up a pass in the Patriots' 39–26 victory at the Pittsburgh in Week 10.[23] In Week 11, he collected six combined tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception in the Patriots' 31–28 win against the Indianapolis Colts.[23] The following week, McCourty made a season-high three pass deflections, seven combined tackles, and intercepted two passes by Matthew Stafford in a 45–24 victory at the Detroit Lions in Week 12. The feat marked his first multi-interception game of his career.[26] On December 6, 2010, McCourty recorded three solo tackles, broke up a pass, and an interception as the Patriots routed the New York Jets 45–3 in Week 13.[23] The interception was his sixth pick of the season and continued his three-game streak with an interception. In Week 15, he collected ten solo tackles (seven solo), a pass deflection, and made his first career sack on quarterback Matt Flynn during a 31–27 win against the Green Bay Packers.[27] On December 29, 2010, it was announced that McCourty was voted to the 2011 Pro Bowl.[28] He finished his rookie season in 2010 with 82 combined tackles (69 solo), 17 pass deflections, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts.[29] His 17 pass deflections and seven interceptions marked career-highs.[30] McCourty was named a First-Team All-Pro by the Sporting News and Second-Team All-Pro by The Associated Press.

The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 14–2 record and clinched home-field advantage and a first round bye. On January 16, 2011, McCourty started in his first career playoff game and collected three solo tackles in their 28–21 loss to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Round.[23] On January 30, 2011, he appeared in the 2011 Pro Bowl and recorded four solo tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass by Michael Vick. He was part of Bill Belichick's AFC team that lost 55–41 to the NFC.[23]

2011[edit]

McCourty entered training camp slated as the Patriots' No. 1 starting cornerback.[31] Head coach Bill Belichick officially named McCourty the starter, alongside Leigh Bodden, to start the regular season.[32] On September 8, 2011, it was reported that McCourty was selected by teammates to be one of the six team captains. McCourty, Jerod Mayo, and Vince Wilfork were chosen to be defensive captains for the season.[33]

McCourty started in New England Patriots' season-opener at the Miami Dolphins and collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (ten solo) and two pass deflections in their 38–24 victory. On November 13, 2011, he made four solo tackles during 37–16 victory at the New York Jets, but exited in the second quarter after injuring his shoulder during a collision with teammate Sterling Moore. His shoulder injury sidelined him for the next two games (Weeks 11–12).[34] In Week 16, McCourty collected nine combined tackles, a season-high five pass deflections, and made an interception during a 27–24 victory. He finished the 2011 season with 87 combined tackles (65 solo), 13 pass deflections, and two interceptions in 14 games and 14 starts.[29][35]

The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 13–3 record. They went on to defeat the Denver Broncos 45–10 in the AFC Divisional Round and the Baltimore Ravens 23–20 in the AFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl. On February 5, 2012, McCourty started in Super Bowl XLVI and collected seven combined tackles as the Patriots lost to the New York Giants by a score of 21–17.[36]

2012[edit]

McCourty entered training camp slated as the No. 1 starting cornerback.[37] Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia named McCourty and Kyle Arrington the starting cornerbacks to start the season, ahead of Ras-I Dowling, Will Allen, Sterling Moore, and Alfonzo Dennard. He was also named the starting kick returner by special teams coordinator Scott O'Brien.[38] On September 6, 2012, it was announced that McCourty was selected to be a captain for the second consecutive season.[39]

In Week 4, McCourty collected four solo tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted two passes by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during a 52–28 win at the Buffalo Bills.[40] On October 21, 2012, McCourty made five solo tackles and returned a kick for a touchdown during a 29–26 overtime win against the New York Jets in Week 7.[41] His kick return was for 104-yards and occurred in the first quarter. It became his first and only career kick return for a touchdown.[42] His performance in Week 7 earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On November 1, 2012, the New England Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[43] Following the trade, it was reported that McCourty would be moving to free safety after struggling at cornerback during the first eight games.[44] His move to safety was also attributed to injuries to safeties Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung and the emergence of Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard as productive cornerbacks.[45] McCourty immediately assumed the job as the starting free safety, replacing Patrick Chung, who was still recovering from a shoulder injury.[46] On November 11, 2012, he made his debut as the starting free safety and recorded eight combined tackles, a pass deflection, and an interception in the Patriots' 37–31 win against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.[47] McCourty finished the 2012 season with 82 combined tackles (63 solo), 13 pass deflections, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts. He started the last eight games at free safety and also served as the kick returner throughout the season. McCourty finished with 24 kick returns for a total of 654-yards and one touchdown.[29] McCourty played a total of 1,329 snaps on defense and special teams. His snap total finished third in the league in 2012, behind teammates Ryan Wendell and Nate Solder.[48]

The New England Patriots completed the regular season in first place in the AFC East with a 12–4 record. On January 13, 2013, McCourty made his first postseason start at safety and collected eight combined tackles during a 41–28 win against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round.[47] The following week, he made eight combined tackles as the Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs after a 28–13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.[47]

2013[edit]

McCourty began training camp as the de facto starting free safety after Patrick Chung departed in free agency.[49] He was named the starting free safety to open the regular season, alongside strong safety Steve Gregory.[50] McCourty was not selected as one of four team captains to begin the regular season. He became a captain, along with Rob Ninkovich, mid-season after injuries to Mayo and Wilfork.[51]

On October 6, 2013, McCourty collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (eight solo) during a 13–6 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5.[52] In Week 9, he made six combined tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass by Ben Roethlisberger in the Patriots' 55–31 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[52] He was inactive for the Patriots' Week 17 victory against the Buffalo Bills after head coach Bill Belichick chose to rest him for the playoffs.[52] McCourty finished the season with 69 combined tackles (48 solo), nine pass deflections, and an interception in 15 games and 15 starts.[53] He received the highest overall grade among all qualified safeties in 2013.[54]

2014[edit]

McCourty began the regular season as the starting free safety and played alongside strong safety Patrick Chung.[55] This began a five-year stint where McCourty and Chung were the main starting safeties for the Patriots.

In Week 2, McCourty deflected a pass and also returned an interception for a 60-yard gain before being pushed out of bounds at the goal line during a 30–7 win at the Minnesota Vikings.[56] On November 30, 2014, McCourty collected a season-high nine combined tackles (eight solo) in the Patriots' 26–21 loss at the Green Bay Packers in Week 13.[57] He finished the season with 68 combined tackles (51 solo), six pass deflections, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 16 starts.[29] He earned the eighth highest overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2015.[54]

The New England Patriots finished atop the AFC East with a 12–4 record, clinching a first round bye and home-field advantage. On January 10, 2015, he made four combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted a pass by Joe Flacco during a 35-31 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round.[57] The Patriots reached Super Bowl XLIX after routing the Indianapolis Colts 45–7 in the AFC Championship Game.[58] On February 1, 2015, McCourty collected five combined tackles and helped the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28–24 and win Super Bowl XLIX.[57]

2015[edit]

McCourty became an unrestricted free agent in 2015 and received interest from multiple teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans.[54]

On March 9, 2015, the New England Patriots signed McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million contract with $28.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $15 million.[20][59][60]

In Week 6, McCourty collected a season-high nine combined tackles during a 34–27 win at the Indianapolis Colts. On October 29, 2015, he made four solo tackles and sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill in New England's 36–7 win against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8. The sack became only the second one of his career and was his first sack since his rookie season.[61] On December 13, 2015, McCourty made one tackle before exiting the Patriots' 27–6 victory at the Houston Texans in the second quarter due to an ankle injury.[62] His injury sidelined him for the next two games (Weeks 15–16). He registered 64 combined tackles (51 solo), six passes defensed, one sack, and an interception in 14 games and 14 starts.[63] The Patriots began deploying Duron Harmon in a three-safety technique at the end of the season.

The New England Patriots finished atop their division with a 12–4 record. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round, before losing to the eventual Super Bowl 50 Champions, the Denver Broncos, in the AFC Championship Game.[61] McCourty made seven combined tackles and two pass deflections throughout the playoffs with only two tackles and one deflection against the Broncos.[61]

2016[edit]

On September 6, 2016, the New England Patriots announced the selection of McCourty as one of four team captains to start the regular season. It was his third consecutive selection and fifth overall.[64]

He started in the New England Patriots' season-opener at the Arizona Cardinals and recorded a season-high ten combined tackles (nine solo) in their 23–21 victory. On December 12, 2016, McCourty made four solo tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass by Joe Flacco during a 30–23 win against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.[65] On December 20, McCourty was named to the 2017 Pro Bowl, his second time receiving the honor. He finished the season with 83 combined tackles (67 solo), seven pass deflections, an interception, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 16 starts.[29] At the end of the season he was named second-team All-Pro.[66] He played 1022 defensive snaps (98%).[67] He received an overall grade of 89.6 from Pro Football Focus and had the fourth highest grade among all qualified safeties in 2016. He also earned a coverage grade of 91.9.[68]

The New England Patriots finished first in their division with a 14–2 record and earned home-field advantage.[65] On January 14, 2017, McCourty made five combined tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass during a 34–16 victory against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round.[65] The Patriots went on to Super Bowl LI after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 36–17 in the AFC Championship Game.[65] On February 5, 2017, McCourty started in Super Bowl LI and made five combined tackles as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34–28 in overtime.[69][70][71]

2017[edit]

McCourty in Super Bowl LII

McCourty and Patrick Chung remained the starting safety duo with Duron Harmon acting as the third safety to begin the regular season. In Week 5, he collected a season-high 11 solo tackles during a 19–14 victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[72] The following week, he made five combined tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass by Josh McCown in the Patriots' 24–17 victory at the New York Jets in Week 6.[72] On December 11, 2017, McCourty collected seven solo tackles and sacked quarterback Jay Cutler during a 27–20 loss at the Miami Dolphins. The sack became his third of his career.[72] McCourty finished the season with a career-high 97 combined tackles (80 solo), five pass deflections, an interception, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts.[29] Pro Football Focus gave McCourty an overall grade of 82.6, ranking 23rd among all qualified safeties in 2017.[73]

The New England Patriots finished first in the AFC East with a 13–3 record and received a first round bye and home-field advantage. They defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.[72] On February 4, 2018, McCourty started in Super Bowl LII and collected seven combined tackles and two pass deflections in the Patriots' 41–33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.[72]

2018[edit]

In the preseason, Devin McCourty was reunited with his brother Jason McCourty, who played as cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and the winless Cleveland Browns in 2016. Jason started as the number two cornerback in New England's secondary and formed a strong duo with All-Pro corner Stephon Gilmore.

In Week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, McCourty had an 84 yard pick six off Derek Anderson as the Patriots won the game 25-6. McCourty helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII. Overall in 2018 Mccourty had 1 interception for 23 yards and 82 tackles

NFL career statistics[edit]

Legend
Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yards Avg Long TD PD FF FR Yards
2010 NE 16 16 82 69 13 1.0 7 110 15.7 50 0 17 2 0 0
2011 NE 14 14 87 65 22 0.0 2 38 19.0 38 0 13 0 0 0
2012 NE 16 16 82 63 19 0.0 5 53 10.6 3 0 13 2 0 0
2013 NE 15 15 69 48 21 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 9 2 1 44
2014 NE 16 16 68 51 17 0.0 2 70 35.0 60 0 6 1 0 0
2015 NE 14 14 64 51 13 1.0 1 27 27.0 27 0 6 0 0 0
2016 NE 16 16 83 67 16 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 7 1 1 3
2017 NE 16 16 97 80 17 1.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 5 0 1 0
2018 NE 16 16 82 59 23 0.0 1 84 84.0 84T 1 4 1 0 0
Career 139 139 714 553 161 3.0 21 382 14.9 84 1 80 9 3 47
Source:[74]

Personal life[edit]

McCourty was raised in Nyack, New York, by his parents Phyllis and Calvin McCourty. His father died in 1990 at age 34 due to a heart attack related to complications from asthma. Devin has a twin brother, Jason McCourty, and an older brother named Larry White. He was born 27 minutes before Jason and they both weighed six pounds and 13 ounces each. During junior high school, the family moved into a mobile home in Nanuet, New York.[75] His mother worked as a nurse and made sacrifices throughout their childhood to enroll them in private school. In 2010, his mother retired from her career as a nurse at Rockland Psychiatric in Orangeburg, New York. Jason and Devin made a pact to earn scholarships to relieve the burden of college tuition from his mother. Devin and Jason purchased their mother a home.[76]

His twin brother Jason also played cornerback for Rutgers. Jason was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and previously played for the Cleveland Browns.[77] On March 15, 2018, the Cleveland Browns traded Jason McCourty to the New England Patriots along with a 2018 seventh-round pick for New England's 2018 sixth-round pick.[78] Devin and Jason are one of only 13 sets of twins in NFL history and are one of five active sets of twins to currently play, along with Shaquill Griffin/Shaquem Griffin, Brandon Dixon/Brian Dixon, Maurkice Pouncey/Mike Pouncey, and teammates Jacob Hollister/Cody Hollister.[79] They were the first set to play in a Super Bowl together, doing so in Super Bowl LIII.

McCourty is religious and is a faithful Christian.[80] In 2016, he married his girlfriend Michelle Powell.[81] On March 11, 2017, the couple had a baby girl named Londyn and on April 29, 2018 they had a baby boy named Brayden.[82][83][84]

Devin and Jason McCourty jointly delivered the 2019 commencement address at Rutgers; they also received honorary doctorates from their alma mater.[85]

Philanthropy[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, McCourty made a pledge to aid recovery efforts with a donation of $100 for every tackle he makes during the 2013 season, and $200 per interception.[86] The pledge follows a similar offer by former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola ($100 per reception, $200 per dropped pass).

In January 2018, McCourty along with the punk band the Dropkick Murphys, joined together in a raffle raising money for the Dropick Murphys' The Claddagh Fund and McCourty's Embrace the Kids Foundation. The grand prize included a trip and tickets to Super Bowl LII in which McCourty's Patriots played.[87]

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