Veteran cornerback Jason McCourty announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, marking the end of a 13-year career for the former sixth-round draft pick.
Originally drafted in 2009 by the Tennessee Titans, with whom he played eight seasons, McCourty rose from the lowest low in the NFL to the highest high. He was part of the winless Cleveland Browns in 2017 but then won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots the following season while playing alongside his twin brother Devin.
“The last 13 seasons have been one hell of a journey,” Jason McCourty said in an Instagram post. “And looking back on my career, I’ve surpassed all the expectations I set for myself in 2009 – and that’s what I’m most proud of when I look back on my career.”
McCourty made one of Super Bowl LIII’s biggest plays when he sprinted across the end zone to break a pass to a wide-open Brandin Cooks. New England 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 encounters between the two occurred during celebrations following the Patriots’ 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. As they emotionally embraced, Devin – who had already won two Super Bowls – gushed to Jason: “Welcome to the Super Bowl! Welcome to the Super Bowl!”
Jason McCourty signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2021 and played seven games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve in October 2021.
A five-time captain, McCourty was known for his leadership skills on and off the field. He was named team captain during his lone season in Miami and won the Don Shula Leadership Award despite playing less than half a season.
McCourty and his brother were also 2018 NFLPA Community MVPs after raising $200,000 for Tackle Sickle Cell — a cause they’ve both been passionate about throughout their careers. Both were nominated for Man of the Year by Walter Payton for their work.
Overall, Jason McCourty played 173 regular-season games over 13 seasons, finishing with 18 interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four total touchdowns.
ESPN’s Mike Reiss contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34249329/miami-dolphins-jason-mccourty-retires-13-nfl-seasons Miami Dolphins’ Jason McCourty retires after 13 NFL seasons