And now, in 2018, Jason and Devin McCourty will get the chance to suit up together for the New England Patriots.
The possibilities are endless with a set of identical twins on the same side of the ball who have experience playing the same positions. Head coach Bill Belichick was even asked about the possibility of using them to create defensive disguises this season.
“It’s hard to tell them apart,” Belichick said with a chuckle. “Got to take a second look to make sure I’m talking to the right one if they’re not in uniform.”
The two have not played together since their college days at Rutgers from 2006-2008. Jason spent his professional career with the Tennessee Titans (2009-2016) and the Cleveland Browns (2017); while Devin joined the Patriots in 2010 and has been with the team ever since.
“It’s something we always dreamed about,” Devin said. “Kind of thought would happen, but, you know, you kind of second-guess that and think maybe not.”
“I think he has an opportunity to help us, as a veteran, a guy that’s played a lot of football, been in different circumstances.”
As it turns out, Devin played a part in helping Jason come to the Patriots. After being notified by his brother that the Browns had planned to release him, Devin sent a text message to Patriots assistant coach Brian Flores, who then relayed the message onto head coach Bill Belichick – who, in turn, had already contacted the Browns about a potential trade for the veteran.
And now, Jason has the potential to line up opposite Stephon Gilmore at the cornerback position.