Devin McCourty Could Retire if Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII

Devin McCourty might opt for retirement if the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The safety said he may hang up his cleats if the Patriots come out victorious, especially with the chance to win the title with his twin brother Jason McCourty, the team’s cornerback who is playing in his first season with New England.

When asked about retirement by NFL Network’s Michael Irvin during Super Bowl Opening Night, McCourty said he is open to calling it quits.

I don’t know for sure,” McCourty said. “I do look at it if we can win this game, win it with my brother, I don’t know what else I could do that would top that. I’m just trying to make sure I enjoy this season and enjoy these last couple of days with these guys.

McCourty has been the backbone of the Patriots’ secondary since being drafted in 2010. He has been a team captain since 2011. He earned Pro Bowl nods in 2010 and 2016, and was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2010, 2013 and 2016. McCourty has logged 714 tackles, 80 passes defended, 21 interceptions, nine forced fumbles, three sacks and one defensive TD in his nine seasons with New England. This is his fifth Super Bowl appearance, having already won two titles with the Patriots.

Devin McCourty won't commit to playing in 2019, leaving the door open to retirement if the Patriots win the Super Bowl. — by Billie Weiss/Getty Images
Devin McCourty won't commit to playing in 2019, leaving the door open to retirement if the Patriots win the Super Bowl. — by Billie Weiss/Getty Images

Jason has not enjoyed a fraction of the team success that his two-time Super Bowl champion brother has. He spent his first eight seasons (2009-16) in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, who failed to reach the postseason in his entire tenure with the franchise. Jason then signed with the Cleveland Browns the following year. He was unfortunately a part of the Browns’ winless 2017 squad.

Traded from the Browns to the Patriots this past offseason, Jason finally got a taste of winning. Going from 0-16 to winning the AFC was extra rewarding for Jason.

Video captured Jason and Devin celebrating the Patriots’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs following the AFC Championship.

There’s no word if Jason—an unrestricted free agent after the season—is also considering retirement. Devin has one year remaining on a five-year, $47.5 million contract. He will have a cap hit of over $13 million for 2019 if he comes back for a 10th season.