Among the dozen or so former Rutgers teammates at Ray Rice Day this morning were twins Devin and Jason McCourty (left, in white) of Nanuet.
As you probably know, Devin was an All-Pro last season, his first since the Patriots picked him 27th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Jason served as a special teams whiz with the Titans as a rookie in 2009. The former sixth-rounder then earned increased burn on defense in 2010, including six starts at corner.
With all they’ve accomplished in such a short time in the NFL, perhaps the achievement they’re most proud of came to fruition this spring when they bought a new house for their mother, Phyllis Harrell, in Montvale, N.J.
The McCourtys have always expressed thanks for the sacrifices made by their mother. The twins’ father passed away when they were just three years old due to complications from an asthma attack.
“As soon as we were able to do it, she looked around and found a house she wanted,” Devin said. “I think it’s any son’s dream to someday move your parents and get them something better in life. I’m just fortunate enough to have an opportunity to do it.”
Devin has been in town but his brother joined the family on Friday when he flew up from Tennessee. He’d been working out there with other Titans defensive backs during the NFL lockout.
The twins will be busy. They’re still in the process of moving into the house. Jason stayed there for the first time on Friday night, but the family still has plenty of packing and unpacking ahead.
Not that he minds…
“She put me straight to work, but it’s been an awesome feeling,” Jason said. “To see the excitement on her face, it’s been a dream come true.”