FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a way, since the day of their birth as twins 31 years ago, Jason McCourty has been chasing his brother Devin. It’s only fitting since Devin was born 27 minutes before Jason on Aug. 13, 1987.
For all of their years as kids — through high school at St. Joseph’s Regional in Montvale, N.J., through college as they starred together at Rutgers — the McCourty twins did everything together.
Until they got to the NFL, where their paths would completely diverge.
Devin essentially won the lottery when he was drafted by the Patriots in the first round in 2010. He’s made it to the postseason in each of his nine seasons — playing in 19 playoff games, including four Super Bowl appearances and winning two titles.
Jason, drafted in the sixth round by the Titans in 2009, has never played in a postseason game.
That changes at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Patriots play the Chargers in the AFC divisional playoff round at Gillette Stadium.
Thanks in part to a persuasive text from his older brother, Jason was acquired by the Patriots in a March trade.
With the Patriots in need of some defensive back help, Devin sent head coach Bill Belichick a text reading: “Coach!!! What’s up? Two McCourtys are better than one.”