The New England Patriots were dealt a massive punch in the gut when Tom Brady announced that he was walking away from the game after a 22-year career. For 20 of those seasons, Brady was doing everything in his power to turn the Patriots from next year’s champions into one of the league’s most respected franchises.
Of course, Brady didn’t win all of those championships by himself. Players like Devin McCourty were instrumental in helping the Pats construct an elite defense that’s supported Brady time and time again. The combination of those two elite units helped McCourty take home a trio of Super Bowl wins.
While players from around the league are paying homage to Brady after a career that will never be equaled, tributes from former and current Patriots mean just a little bit more. Rather than going for the long-winded, emotional style, McCourty thanked Brady in comical fashion, getting in a dig at his twin brother along the way.
McCourty thanked Brady for allowing him to play alongside an elite quarterback for almost his entire career. He got in a joke at the expense of his brother Jason McCourty, who has bounced around with teams like the Titans, Browns, and Dolphins, by saying that he “got to win” as a result of Brady.
While J-Mac did get one ring thanks to Brady, McCourty has three. Advantage Devin.
Patriots DB Devin McCourty ripped his brother, congratulated Tom Brady.
In the 156 games Brady started for the Patriots from 2010 (when McCourty got drafted) to his farewell season in 2019, the Pats came out on top in 122 of them while never losing more than five games in a season. No wonder McCourty, an impending free agent, called their time together “a hell of a journey.”
After leaving the Patriots conspicuously absent from his original retirement announcement, Brady has since made sure that the franchise who helped him launch the greatest career any quarterback has ever had was properly thanked.
Jason, who spent most of his pre-Pats career in Tennessee, had to suffer through playing alongside the likes of Vince Young, the withered husk that was once Kerry Collins, Jake Locker, and Zach Mettenberger. Devin, meanwhile, got to watch the GOAT do his thing on a weekly basis.
When the Patriots took down Jared Goff and the Rams in the Super Bowl, Brady helped Jason get the ring that he spent so long chasing to no avail with the Titans. While both brothers are sensational on their own merit, they are champions thanks to Brady’s ability to will his team to victory.