Jason McCourty became a name on everyone’s lips after he magically prevented a last-minute touchdown during the Super Bowl LIII face-off between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. With less than 4 minutes left in the third quarter, Jason at an unbelievable speed, covered a seemingly impossible distance just in time to stop Rams’ Brandon Cooks from touching the ball down in the back of the end zone.
The feat which helped in earning a win for his team was a great relief for Jason McCourty who has long been unlucky in his over a decade career. And, the fact that almost his entire family is part of this victory, makes the story even more fascinating! Follow us as we explore the life of Jason McCourty and the significant people in his life.
Who Is Jason McCourty?
Jason McCourty is an American footballer who currently plays for the New England Patriots as a cornerback. He was born on the 13th day of August 1987 in Nyack, New York City, United States.
Jason was just three years old when his father, Calvin McCourty who was a retired soldier died. After the tragic incident, his mother, Phyllis Harrell (a psychiatric nurse) took over raising him alongside his brother all by herself. Jason attended St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey. After high school, he enrolled at the Pop Warner Youth Football in Valley Cottage, New York.
In 2004, Jason McCourty gained admission into the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to study Information Technology. At Rutgers, the university football team – the Scarlet Knights recruited him to play for them throughout his four years of study.
From Rutgers, the Tennessee Titans signed Jason for 4 seasons. That was after he was picked in the 2009 NFL Draft in the 6th round. In August 2012, the club extended his contract for another six years. They, however, released him in April 2017 after he refused to accept a pay cut. That was after 8 seasons.
Cleveland Browns signed Jason a month later (16th May 2017) for a two-year contract. But then, he spent only a season with the side before they sold him out to the New England Patriots in March 2018. Jason is married to Melissa McCourty. They have three children together.
Relationship With Devin McCourty & Larry White
It happens to almost everyone. The first time you set your eyes on Jason and Devin McCourty, you can’t help but get confused. You would have to look over and over again to ensure your eyes are not deceiving you. Until you get to remember that there’s something like twins, you would not easily reconcile the stark resemblance between Jason and Devin, the McCourty twins!
Yes, Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty are super identical twins, especially in facial looks. The only quickly noticeable difference? Jason is a bit taller and huger than Devin who is 27 minutes older than him. The two are the two youngest sons of their mother, Phyllis Harrell. She raised them as a single mom right from the very tender age of three.
Since they graduated from Rutgers in 2008, the McCourty twins have not had the opportunity to play together again. Yes, they played together at St. Joseph as high school students, at Pop Warner as youth footballers, and then at Rutgers as undergraduates. Although Devin played four more years for the Scarlet Knights after Jason left.
They were however chanced to be in the same team since April 2017 when the Patriots signed Jason. Meanwhile, Devin has been with the Patriots a long time, serving as their defensive captain before Jason’s arrival. Nonetheless, the twins had never been simultaneously named in the club’s playing squad. This only became a reality in Super Bowl LIII; it was their first Super Bowl appearance as teammates. And for Jason, it was his first Super Bowl game ever.
In the game, the twins astounded fans and spectators at large by making the groundbreaking achievement of winning the trophy together. They became the first twins ever to play as teammates in a Superbowl game as well as the first to win such together.
Their mother, whom the twins owe all the thanks for what they are today, was there to celebrate with them.
Coming to Larry White, he is Jason and Devin’s eldest brother. He was also there to share in the family’s joy.
Larry White, just like his younger brothers, also played football right from his teenage years at Nyack High School. He, however, did not continue in the career but joined the U.S. Army after high school, fighting the Gulf war between 1990 and 1991.
White had a disturbing experience at the fronts and is now undergoing counseling for a post-traumatic stress disorder. He currently works at a car dealership. Larry hinted he may have to live with the trauma and stress for the rest of his life. His younger brothers, Jason and Devin are, however, giving him all their support.