McCourty credits the upbringing from his mother as to why he gives back as much as he does.
“I give back because my mom instilled it in me. She showed me the way by having a good heart and giving back to people,” said McCourty in a press release. “She was a nurse and growing up I knew in life that I wanted to do something to give back to people. It’s so much more gratifying when you can give to others and see the effect you have on them. Anyone can take a gift, but to take the time out and do something special for someone, it’s a great honor.”
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft also shared high praise for McCourty’s selection.
“We are very excited to nominate Devin McCourty for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,” said Kraft . “He has been a special part of our organization for nine seasons, not only for what he’s been able to do on the field, but for the way he’s been able to positively impact those in our communities. Devin is a natural leader and his genuine commitment to helping others is inspiring.”
As a nominee, McCourty will wear a special Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the 2018 season in recognition of his accomplishments on and off the field.
The 2018 winner will be announced on February 2nd 2019, the day before Super Bowl LIII at the “NFL Awards” show in Atlanta, GA.
Devin's dedication to making a difference dates back to his childhood.
The New England Patriots entered their Week 13 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings looking to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top seed in the AFC Playoffs and continue their December dominance into another season.
The Patriots came in at 8-3, while the Vikings, who continue to battle for an NFC Wild Card spot, were 6-4-1.
Despite the Patriots having full control of the game and time of possession, the offense struggled to pull away and the Vikings got back in the game with an Adam Thielen touchdown reception. 10-7 Patriots at halftime.
The score was made possible by a gutsy third down challenge call by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer's challenge worked out for him. Patriots stopped on third down, and the Vikings will have the ball with 2 minutes remaining in the half.
By beating the Vikings, the Patriots extended their own NFL record for most consecutive winning seasons to 18 straight (2001-2018), the team also moved to 9-3 through 12 games, for the 13th time under Bill Belichick and the eighth-straight year that the team has started the season with a 9-3 or better record.
Seven of those 13 times, the team has advanced to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots will travel south to take on the 6-6 Miami Dolphins at 1:00 next Sunday.
Before the New England Patriots squared off with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, former NFL Head Coach and current FOX Sports analyst Jimmy Johnson sat down for an interview with Patriots.com reporter Megan O’Brien.
In the interview below, Johnson discusses his respect and admiration for the Patriots franchise and head coach Bill Belichick.
As part of the New England Patriots outreach to its fans in Germany, former tackle and German native Sebastian Vollmer returned with an all new “Seabass School of German” video.
In the below clip shared on the Patriots Deutschland Instagram account, Vollmer and New York Giants tackle Marcus Kuhn, also of Germany, teach some words and phrases to Tom Brady, Deatrich Wise, Kyle Van Noy, David Andrews and Patrick Chung.
As the New England Patriots prepare for their first meeting against the Minnesota Vikings since 2014 and for just the 12th time ever, the team YouTube account took a look back at one of the more memorable games between the two from November 13th 1994.