Reunited alongside with his twin brother this season for the first time since 2008, Jason McCourty illustrious the feeling Sunday night that his household, Devin, had already felt twice sooner than: that of a Big Bowl champion Contemporary England Patriot.
It used to be a truly very lengthy time coming for Jason, who spent the first 9 years of his career no longer even sniffing a postseason berth, and a ultimate longer formulation attend from the place his 2017 ended.
After spending eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, McCourty used to be launched in April of 2017 and signed with the Cleveland Browns. The cornerback started 14 games for Cleveland, who grew to became correct the 2d group of workers in NFL history to head 0-16.
On the open of free company in 2018, the Browns traded McCourty and a seventh-rounder to Contemporary England for a sixth-rounder — with out a doubt nothing. The corner, reunited alongside with his brother, grew to became that nothing into a gigantic something in Contemporary England’s 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Big Bowl LIII.
“I develop no longer even know if I had a vision for it, man,” Jason in fact helpful NFL Network after the victory. “Final year, I spent the season in Cleveland. Didn’t preserve a football game. God is nice. I couldn’t assume about I would be sitting right here after the 2018, 2019 season. Dev texted Bill [Belichick] in March and acknowledged ‘Two McCourtys are better than one.’ Tonight, I notify Bill concurs. So I’m ok with it.”
McCourty used to be no bystander in his first Big Bowl appearance, as he played an key characteristic on one amongst the game’s defining plays.
With L.A. riding down three functions in the third quarter, Jared Goff faked a handoff while Brandin Cooks ran free on a deep put up. Goff launched the ball dead and let it hang in the air, giving McCourty, who used to be on the assorted facet of the sphere, enough time to observe the pass and hit Cooks honest as the pass arrived to him in the attend of the discontinue zone. The pass, a recede touchdown if thrown properly, fell incomplete, and Los Angeles settled for a field goal, its lone rating of the game.
Devin McCourty couldn’t salvage enough of his brother’s trail to that moment.
“I’m joyful,” Devin acknowledged, per The Windfall Journal. “That guy, humbly came right here, opening acknowledged, ‘I’m sharp to honest net any characteristic you had for me. I correct are looking to be a bit of the group of workers.’ You guys perceive it, starting up in practicing camp, ‘Is he going to produce it? Is he no longer going to produce it?’ Six plays the first game. Started at some level of the remainder of the season. He is played deep, he is played internal, he is played out of doorways, he is lined tight ends, receivers.
“He is been the Patriot guy. That Swiss Military knife all year. I notify he is been expansive inspiration and motivation since now we had been down right here in Atlanta. He is had expansive standpoint and enjoyed every bit of this time out.”
Big twins assume alike.
“0-16 final year, Big Bowl champion this year,” Jason added. “I couldn’t indulge in belief this up, man. … I be aware after I first came right here to this group of workers in April, there used to be a complete media spectacle that it wouldn’t be any fun right here. It be my third group in my tenth season. I indulge in now not had extra fun than this season.”