Devin McCourty was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 10, 2015 ... Originally drafted by New England in the first round (27th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
- Has been named a defensive captain six times (2011-16).
- Selected to his first Pro Bowl in his first season, becoming the fourth Patriots player to be selected as a rookie (Mike Haynes, 1976; John Stephens, 1988; Curtis Martin, 1995).
- Earned his second career Pro Bowl invitation in 2014.
- Earned his third career Pro Bowl invitation in 2016.
- Earned Associated Press All-Pro Second Team honors at safety in 2013 and 2016 and Second Team All-Pro honors as a rookie in 2010 when he played cornerback, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott as the only NFL players to earn All-Pro honors at both safety and cornerback.
- His seven interceptions in 2010 are the second-most by a Patriots rookie in franchise history and tied for second in the NFL in 2010.
- Has started every NFL game that he has played in.
- Began his pro career at cornerback (2010-11) before playing corner and safety in 2012 and making the full transition to safety in 2013.
2016 (16/16, 3/3)
- Named a co-captain for the sixth straight year.
- Selected to his third career Pro Bowl and earned Associated Press All Pro: Second Team honors for the third time in his career.
- Started all 16 regular-season games and totaled 78 tackles, one interception, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five special teams tackles.
- Started all three playoff games and posted 14 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed.
- Led the team with nine tackles and one special teams tackle after making the start at safety in the season-opening night win at Arizona (9/11).
- Recorded his first interception of the season and added a pass defensed as well as four total tackles in the win vs. Baltimore (12/12).
- Recovered a fumble by wide receiver Jordan Norwood with 23 seconds remaining to secure the win at Denver (12/18). Finished the game with five tackles and one pass defensed.
- Combined for a team-leading seven tackles and forced a key fourth-quarter fumble on RB Damien Williams at the New England 9-yard line that was recovered by LB Shea McClellin and returned 69 yards to help put the game away in the victory at Miami (1/1).
- Picked off a Houston pass in the third quarter of the Divisional Round victory vs. Houston (1/14) to mark his second postseason interception. Added five total tackles and one pass defensed.
2015 (14/14, 2/2)
- Named a co-captain for the fifth straight year.
- Started all 14 regular-season games he played and amassed 63 tackles, one sack, one interception, five passes defensed and two special teams tackles.
- Started both postseason contests and posted seven tackles and two passes defensed.
- Was inactive vs. Tennessee (12/20) and at N.Y. Jets (12/27) due to injury.
- Made his first interception of the season when he picked off Blake Bortles in the second quarter of the win vs. Jacksonville (9/27) and returned it for 27 yards.
- Started at safety, playing every defensive snap, and recorded a season-high nine tackles in the win at Indianapolis (10/18).
- Recorded three tackles on defense and one on special teams in the win vs. Miami (10/29). Also sacked Ryan Tannehill for a 13-yard loss, the second sack of his career and first since his rookie season.
2014 (16/16, 3/3)
- Named a co-captain for the fourth straight year.
- Earned his second career Pro Bowl.
- Started at safety and played 52 of 53 defensive snaps in the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15), finishing the game with five tackles.
- Started at safety and posted one tackle and one pass defensed in the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15).
- Started at safety and registered three tackles, two passes defensed, one special teams stop and his first career postseason interception in the AFC Divisional win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15).
- Started at safety and posted five tackles in the win vs. Miami (12/14). Also broke up a third-down pass intended for Charles Clay in the end zone in the first quarter, forcing the Dolphins to punt on the next play.
- Started at safety and posted four tackles and one pass defensed in the win at San Diego (12/7).
- Started at safety and tallied nine tackles at Green Bay (11/30).
- Started at safety and was second on the team with seven tackles in the win vs. Detroit (11/23).
- Intercepted Andrew Luck at the Patriots 22-yard line and returned it 10 yards in the second quarter of the win at Indianapolis (11/16). Also posted three tackles.
- Started at safety and played every defensive snap in the win vs. Denver (11/2), posting three tackles.
- Started at safety and played every defensive snap until the final drive in the win vs. Chicago (10/26).
- Started at safety and played every defensive snap in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16), posting three tackles.
- Started at safety in the win at Buffalo (10/12), posting six tackles and a forced fumble.
- Started at safety in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5), posting one defensive tackle, one pass defensed and one special teams stop.
- Started and posted five tackles and one pass defensed at Kansas City (9/29), breaking up a first-quarter Alex Smith pass intended for Frankie
- ammond near the Patriots end zone.
- Started and played every defensive snap in the win vs. Oakland (9/21), finishing with three tackles.
- Returned a first-quarter interception 60 yards to the Vikings 1-yard line to set up a Patriots touchdown in the win at Minnesota (9/14). It is the longest interception return of his career, with the previous longest being a 50-yard return as a rookie in 2010 at Detroit (11/25) on Thanksgiving Day.
- Started in the season opener at Miami (9/7) and recorded seven tackles.
2013 (15/15, 2/2)
- Named a co-captain for the third straight year.
- Earned Associated Press All-Pro Second Team honors for the second time.
- Started 15 regular-season games and registered 75 tackles, one interception, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two special teams tackles. Also returned seven kickoffs for 132 yards.
- Started both playoff contests and compiled nine tackles and one special teams tackle.
- Was inactive for the regular-season finale vs. Buffalo (12/29) due to injury.
- Made three tackles, defensed a pass and returned a first-quarter fumble, the first fumble recovery of his career, 44 yards that led to a Patriots field goal vs. N.Y. Jets (9/12).
- Registered a season-high 12 tackles at Atlanta (9/29), the fifth double-digit tackle effort of his career. Also forced a fumble that went out of bounds.
- Made double-digit tackles (11) for the second straight game at Cincinnati (10/6), and forced a fumble. Also stepped in on kickoffs for an injured Leon Washington, returning three kicks for 74 yards.
- Compiled five tackles vs. Miami (10/27) and initiated a fourth-quarter interception by tipping an errant Ryan Tannehill pass along the sideline to Marquice Cole, who hauled in the interception.
- Tallied five tackles and a first-quarter interception vs. Pittsburgh (11/3) that set up a Patriots touchdown on the ensuing play.
- Started at safety at Baltimore (12/22) and left in the third quarter with a head injury and did not return. Made three tackles and defensed two passes before leaving the game.
- Led the defense with nine tackles in the AFC Championship Game at Denver (1/19).
2012 (16/16, 2/2)
- Elected a defensive co-captain by his teammates for the second consecutive season. Played both cornerback and safety and was utilized as a kick returner.
- Started all 16 regular season games and accumulated 89 tackles, five interceptions, 13 passes defensed and two forced fumbles - one on defense, one on special teams. Also returned 27 kickoffs for 654 yards (24.2 avg) and his first career touchdown - a 104-yard return vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21).
- Started both playoff games and compiled 15 tackles and one special teams tackle.
- Began the season as the starter for the first five games at left cornerback, and moved to start at safety for the next eight games with the injuries to Patrick Chung and the acquisition of Aqib Talib. Moved back to start at left cornerback for the final two regular season contests due to injury.
- Three of his five interceptions came in the Patriots’ end zone to stop a driving opponent: vs. Buffalo (11/11), vs. Houston (12/10) and vs. San Francisco (12/16).
- Shifted to left cornerback due to injuries in the secondary for the win at Jacksonville (12/23) and made five tackles.
- Picked off a pass in the end zone for the second straight week vs. San Francisco (12/16) to accompany his four tackles.
- Had a key interception in the win over Houston (12/10) in the Patriots end zone in the first quarter that led to a Patriots touchdown.
- Compiled a season-high tying nine tackles on defense and forced a fumble on special teams that was returned by Julian Edelman for a touchdown in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/22).
- Started his third straight game at safety and registered a season-high nine tackles, intercepted a Bills pass to seal the win on the final drive a forced a fumble on the Patriots goal line vs. Buffalo (11/11).
- Returned a first-quarter kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, marking the second-longest kickoff return in Patriots history, a key play in the Patriots overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21). Forced to start at safety due to injuries in the secondary and made three tackles.
- Started and made six tackles and intercepted two passes in the win at Buffalo (9/30). McCourty returned the second pick 34 yards deep into Bills territory and the offense converted the turnover into a touchdown. It was the second two interception game of his career.
- Led the defense with four passes defensed at Baltimore. (9/23). Also made seven tackles.
- Started at cornerback, was second on the team with seven tackles and let the team with two passes defensed in the season-opening win at Tennessee (9/9).
2011 (14/14, 3/3)
- Started all 14 of the games he played, missing two due to injury. Finished the season with two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and 94 tackles.
- Started at cornerback, making seven tackles in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants (2/5).
- Made five tackles in a start at cornerback in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens (1/22).
- Started at cornerback and made seven tackles in the divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14).
- Started at cornerback against the Bills but moved to safety, making seven tackles and intercepting a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass that he returned 38 yards (1/1).
- Recorded his first interception of the season at the Patriots two-yard line on a deep Matt Moore pass. Added nine tackles and four passes defensed against the Dolphins (12/24).
- Contributed four tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle in a start against the Broncos (12/18).
- Tallied nine tackles, a pass defensed and a special teams tackle against the Redskins (12/11).
- Recorded four tackles in his return to action against the Colts (12/4).
- Was inactive due to injury against the Chiefs (11/21) and Eagles (11/27).
- Made three tackles and one special teams tackle against the Jets before leaving the game with a shoulder injury (11/13)
- Tallied six tackles in a start against the Giants (11/6).
- Registered 11 tackles in a start against the Steelers (10/30).
- Made six tackles in a start against the Cowboys (10/16).
- Made five tackles and a special teams tackle in a start against the Jets (10/9).
- Registered eight tackles in a start against the Raiders (10/2).
- Led the team with eight tackles and one pass defensed against the Bills (9/25).
- Made two tackles against the Chargers (9/18).
- Played every defensive down and led the team with 11 tackles against the Dolphins, recording a special teams tackle and two passes defensed (9/12).
- Registered an interception in the third consecutive game after picking off Mark Sanchez at the New England six-yard line for no gain in the third quarter. Also contributed two tackles and a special teams tackle against the Jets (12/6).
- Recorded two interceptions against the Lions, picking off a Shaun Hill pass in the third quarter and returning it 23 yards to the Detroit 26-yard line, resulting in a Patriots touchdown four plays later. Also intercepted Hill in the fourth quarter, returning it 50 yards to the Detroit 12-yard line and again setting up a Patriots touchdown four plays later. Contributed four tackles and four special teams tackles (11/25).
- Intercepted a Peyton Manning pass in the third quarter at the Patriots' 39-yard line and batted down another Manning pass in the first quarter. Added five tackles in a start against the Colts (11/21).
- Was credited with 10 tackles, a pass defensed and two special teams tackles against the Steelers (11/14).
- Made seven tackles in a start against the Browns (11/7).
- Picked up a game-changing interception of a Brett Favre pass intended for Percy Harvin at the Patriots' 26-yard line and returned it 37 yards. The ensuing drive ended in a Patriots touchdown and a 21-10 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter. He also broke up a potential 59-yard pass from Favre to Harvin as well as a goal-line pass to Greg Lewis in the fourth quarter (10/31). Also recorded five tackles and one special teams tackle.
- Registered his first NFL interception on a Philip Rivers pass in the second quarter against the Chargers (10/24) and made three tackles on defense.
- Tallied five tackles in his fifth start of the season against the Ravens (10/17).
- Made seven tackles and one special teams tackle in a start against Miami (10/4).
- Started his third straight game as a Patriot and recorded five tackles against Buffalo (9/26).
- Tallied three tackles in a start against the Jets (9/19).
- Played in and started his first NFL game in the season opener against the Bengals, recording six tackles and a pass defensed (9/12).
- Started 39 of 52 games at cornerback at Rutgers, recording 238 tackles (149 solos) with a 4-yard sack, 14 stops for minus 34 yards, two pressures, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
- Deflected 27 passes and intercepted six others for 105 yards in returns (17.5 avg.) and two TDs. Also blocked seven kicks (six punts, one field goal) for 102 yards in returns, as six blocks led to Rutgers scoring drives.
- His 49 tackles on special teams were the most by a Big East player during the span of the 2006-09 seasons.
- His two interception returns for touchdowns are tied for seventh on the conference season-record list.
- His 98-yard kickoff return vs. UConn in 2009 tied Hall Conors (vs. Maryland in 1998) for the third-longest kickoff return in school history.
- Academic All-Big East Conference in '06 and '07.
- Earned The NFL Draft Report All-American and All-Big East Conference first-team honors, becoming the first conference player to earn that honor at two different positions in the same year (cornerback and special teams) as a senior.
- First-team All-Big East Conference selection by The NFL Draft Report as a junior.
- Double Trouble: After being selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, CB Devin McCourty became part of a select group in league history. McCourty’s identical twin brother, Jason, is a former cornerback with Tennessee, selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The two are the 12th set of twins to play in the NFL. Devin and Jason were cornerbacks in the Rutgers secondary from 2005-08. Devin redshirted for the 2005 season and therefore was a year behind his brother in eligibility. McCourty is the second twin to suit up for the Patriots, after CB Kato Serwanga was a member of the team from 1998-2000. His twin brother Jason played for San Francisco and Minnesota from 1999-2001. According to McCourty’s mother, the two can only be told apart by tiny scars on their faces left by chickenpox.
- Attended Saint Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.) High School, where he and Jason were inducted into the school's hall of fame in the 2015 offseason.
- His twin brother, Jason, was a teammate and fellow cornerback at Saint Joseph's High School and Rutgers. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.
- Was an all-league first-team defensive back in his final two seasons, as he played alongside his twin brother.
- After his senior campaign, he was one of nine Rutgers recruits to play in the 2005 New York/New Jersey Governor's Bowl at Rutgers Stadium.
- Also lettered in basketball, starting at point guard for a team that compiled a 26-2 record during his senior season.
- Devin and wife Michelle have a daughter, Londyn.
- Majored in sociology at Rutgers.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Team Captain
- NFL Pro Bowl
- Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
- PFWA All-AFC Team
- Team Captain
- NFL Pro Bowl
- Pro Football Writer's Association All-AFC Team
- Team Captain
- Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
- Team Captain
- AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Wk 7)
- Pro Bowl
- Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team
- Peter King's SI.com All-Pro
- Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All Rookie Team
- The Sporting News All-Pro Team
Rookie CB Devin McCourty tied for second in the NFL and led all rookies with seven interceptions in 2010. The seven interceptions by a Patriots rookie are second to the eight by Mike Haynes in 1976.
Devin McCourty had a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter vs. the Jets (10/21/12), the second longest kickoff return in team history. Ellis Hobbs has the longest in team history with a 108-yard return for a touchdown at the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 2007. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.