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Inside the Helmet... Devin McCourty
What were your first impressions of Bill Belichick?
I first met him in a meeting before the draft. The first thing I thought was that I could get no read on this guy. I didn't know what he was thinking. I didn't know if I had a good meeting or a bad meeting. So I would probably say my first impression was just question marks. I didn't know what I just went through. Read
If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing for a living?
Playing basketball. Read
Are you better at basketball than football?
I would like to say that. I don't know how true it is. Read
Would your brother agree with that?
No. He thinks he's better than me. So he probably wouldn't. Read
If they made a movie of your life, who would you want to play you?
First, probably my brother. Then, if not, probably Morris Chestnut. Read
He could play both of you?
Yeah, exactly. (laughs) Read
If you could meet anyone in the world, from any time period, who would it be and why?
I always liked Wilt Chamberlain growing up, just how dominant he was. I'd probably like to meet him just to get his outlook on how he viewed his time while he was playing basketball and his approach to the game. Read
Have you ever been star struck by anybody you've met?
Really all the time. Anybody that's on TV that I see them, somewhere out I'll always … and then when I came here with Tom [Brady] and Randy [Moss] and Vince [Wilfork] I was kind of star struck. Read
Feel like you fit in with those guys now?
They're just average guys now. (said with a smirk) Read
Any nicknames going back to when you were younger?
Most of my life I've just been called Twin. People can't tell us apart. So really we'd both just be called Twin. Read
Who did you root for in football as a kid?
I was a big Cowboys fan growing up. I loved Emmitt [Smith] and Deion [Sanders]. Read
Do you have a favorite training camp story, from anywhere you played?
Probably in college. Our last day of training camp we'd go to the pool and all the freshmen would put on skits. I just remember my freshman year we put on a whole skit of our conditioning test. And we mimicked all the top players, how they had struggled through the conditioning test. So that was pretty funny. Read
Did they get mad?
They got a little mad. But if you failed they strapped you up, put tape all around you and threw you in the kiddie pool. So none of us had to do that. Read
Favorite food or meal?
Probably macaroni and cheese with some pork chops. My mom's. Read
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of motivational books. Like I'm reading Eric LaGrandes's book from my school - "Believe." Different books like that. Read
What's your first football memory?
Just playing. I lived in an apartment complex, so we had a big grass field and playing Kill the Carrier with a bunch of my friends. Mimicking different players. Read
Do you remember your first big play in organized football?
Probably my second year when they let me play running back. Actually I think it was the first game and me and my brother both scored. I remember that year we just kept track of our touchdowns going back and forth. Read
Do you remember your first car?
It was a Ford Taurus. We called it Pepsi. Me and my brother shared it. It was a'ight. It was a car. We were happy. Read
How about your first apartment?
It was off-campus at Rutgers. It was me, my brother and actually Tiquan Underwood, who was here, and two other guys we went to school with. It was horrible. In the winter we didn't even have heat. It ran on oil heat and all the oil ran out and we didn't have money to get more oil. So we had space heaters. It was rough. Read
Do you remember your first date?
How'd it go?
It probably went good. That's what I would assume. Read
Was there a second date?
Yeah, there is always a second. Read
If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Probably Kevin Durant. Read
Ever traded places with your brother?
Oh, yeah. We tried to in school and stuff. Someone usually always told, one of our classmates that could tell us apart, would tell the teacher. Read
How do people tell you apart?
Different marks. Like I'll have something on my nose. He has a scar from chicken pox on his forehead. I have a birthmark on my ear. He has one on his neck. Then once you look at us for a while, people could tell us apart. Read
If you could be a singer or musician for a day, who would it be?
I'd probably be in Boys II Men. Read
If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
Somehow to play on the same team in the NFL with my brother, have my father come to a game because he passed away - have him come back - and … dang that would probably be it. I'd only need two. I'd probably give one away. Read
Ever been in fight with your brother?
We used to fight all the time. But we never stayed mad. Read
What was the longest you ever stayed mad at Jason?
Maybe an hour. We don't get mad. Read