Social Media Reacts To Devin McCourty’s Retirement
Another core member from the second half of the Patriots dynasty has elected to call it a career.
On Friday, veteran safety Devin McCourty announced over Instagram his decision to retire from the NFL after 13 seasons.
“I’m officially retiring from the NFL. It has been a great ride,” McCourty said in an Instagram video with his brother, Jason. “I think it’s always tough to come to the end. This whole offseason has been so much back-and-forth for me mentally, but ultimately I think this is the best decision for me, for my family, and my career.”
The 2010 first-round pick out of Rutgers played in 205 regular-season games for the Patriots (fifth most in team history), starting all of them and totaling 982 tackles and 35 interceptions.
Over his career, McCourty was named team captain 12 times, started in five Super Bowls, winning three championships. He is just one of eight players to play in that many Super Bowls and has the fourth-most postseason starts in NFL history with 24, the most among all defensive players.
A two-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection, McCourty is in exclusive company with Pro Football Hall of Famers Rod Woodson and Ronnie Lott as the only NFL players to earn both at cornerback and safety.
Toward the end of his Instagram announcement, McCourty noted he is unsure of his future. However, with his brother Jason working for NFL Network and his recent appearances on CBS during the playoffs, maybe a media career is next.
View some of the best social media content and reactions to McCourty’s retirement below.
I’m just happy Dev’s retiring because now he can’t say he played more seasons than I did!!!
Congrats @devinmccourty on one hell of a career! Love you bro! Born leader!
Can’t wait to see what TV network you end up on! pic.twitter.com/JhgrbKh53K
— Jason McCourty (@JasonMcCourty) March 10, 2023
Congratulations on an unbelievable career, Devin 🪓@devinmccourty | @McCourtyTwins pic.twitter.com/YuyTGbCPCI
— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) March 10, 2023
Devin McCourty closed out his career with a streak of 128 consecutive games played, including playoffs.
Played more than 925 defensive snaps in every season since at least 2012.
In his final game, he had an INT, a fumble recovery and an end-zone pass breakup.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 10, 2023
Elite football player!! @devinmccourty appreciate the man you are! Red coat!!!! https://t.co/d0rbqY4tqw
— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) March 10, 2023
Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick on @devinmccourty's retirement. pic.twitter.com/g0h90KGwgM
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 10, 2023
Devin McCourty's pregame speeches were LEGENDARY 🔊
Heart and soul of a @Patriots dynasty pic.twitter.com/ec2Z9CqFVM
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) March 10, 2023
Appreciate you for everything @devinmccourty ❤️ Hell of a career!🙏🏾
— MWS (@MackWilSr) March 10, 2023
Congrats on an incredible career, @devinmccourty 👏 pic.twitter.com/hjGxkotukm
— NFL Legacy (@NFLLegacy) March 10, 2023
Congratulations to @devinmccourty on a great career with the Patriots. One of the best Patriots DBs of all-time. Enjoy retirement! https://t.co/9WfGJIXASf
— Matt Cassel (@M_Cassel16) March 10, 2023
Congratulations from Mac Jones and Tom Brady for Devin McCourty pic.twitter.com/IGr9eScKV2
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 10, 2023
One of my favorite @devinmccourty highlights: when he picked a pass on MNF in Buffalo and blazed a trail up the sideline for six. #ForeverNE pic.twitter.com/IY5rsryZpl
— Fitzy (@FitzyGFY) March 10, 2023
Congrats on a Legendary Career!! 🥂 https://t.co/bt0uvvoFg2
— JB (@NVBentley33) March 10, 2023
We’re going to miss seeing you out on the field, @devinmccourty
Congratulations on an impressive career 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Sfoq8EtBmS
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 11, 2023
My guy!!! Thanks bro https://t.co/Y5mAOniPMW
— Devin McCourty (@devinmccourty) March 11, 2023
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