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Veteran cornerback Jason McCourty announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, marking the end of a 13-season career for the former sixth-round draft pick.
Originally drafted in 2009 by the Tennessee Titans, with whom he played eight seasons, McCourty went from the lowest low in the NFL to experiencing the highest. He was part of the undefeated Cleveland Browns in 2017, but then won a Super Bowl ring the following season with the New England Patriots while playing alongside his twin brother, Devin.
“The last 13 seasons have been a hell of a journey,” Jason McCourty said in an Instagram post. “And when I reflect and look back on my career, I have far exceeded any expectation I set for myself back in 2009 – and that’s what I’m most proud of when I look back on my career.”
McCourty made one of the biggest games in Super Bowl LIII, where he sprinted across the goal zone to break a pass to a wide-open Brandin Cooks. New England went on to beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.
While the championship was special for McCourty, he also played with his twin brother for three seasons (44 games, 33 starts).
One of the most memorable exchanges between the two came in celebration after the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Sharing an emotional embrace, Devin – who had already won two Super Bowls – cheered Jason, “Welcome to the Super Bowl! Welcome to the Super Bowl!”
Jason McCourty signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2021, where he played seven games before being placed at the end of the season on injured reserve in October 2021.
McCourty, a five-time captain, was known for his leadership skills on and off the field. He was named team captain during his only season in Miami and won the Don Shula Leadership Award despite playing less than half a season.
McCourty and his brother were also NFLPA Community MVPs in 2018 after raising $ 200,000 for the Tackle Sickle Cell – a cause they have both passionately advocated for throughout their careers. For their work, both received Walter Payton Man of the Year nominations.
In all, Jason McCourty played 173 games in the regular season over 13 seasons, finishing with 18 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four total touchdowns.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.