Tom Bogert, CBS Local Sports
Jason and Devin McCourty are glad for the time they’re getting to spend together ahead of Super Bowl 50. With each player on separate NFL franchises, Devin in New England with the Patriots and Jason in Tennessee with the Titans, they don’t spend as much time together as they’ve been accustomed to over the years.
But don’t get it twisted: they both wish Devin and the New England Patriots had won last weekend, meaning at least one McCourty would be participating in the game.
“Me and Dev kind of never get to hang out anymore, everything going on with football and family,” said Jason. “So being able to be down here together just relaxing, enjoying the Super Bowl scene. I know he’d much rather be playing this upcoming Sunday but we’re having a good time.”
Devin agrees, and is happy for the additional time with his twin brother, but insists he’s more into the jewelry.
“Yeah, last year was a little bit better,” said Devin. “Not that I don’t like hanging out with Jay, but I’m more into Super Bowl rings.”
The time they do get together comes with a great cause. The twins are focused on treatment of sickle cell, a disease that their aunt and father suffer from. McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell hosts fundraising events such as blood drives, casino events and 5K walks/runs.
Though the two share most things — such is life with twins — they find themselves rooting for opposite teams in Super Bowl 50. For similar rationales, however.
Jason has a few ex-teammates on the Carolina Panthers, including Cortland Finnegan, while Devin’s ex-teammate Aqib Talib is a star on the Denver Broncos. Each McCourty wants to see their friend get a Super Bowl ring.
Meanwhile, former Dallas Cowboys standout Everson Walls is unabashed in saying he’s not divided ahead of Super Bowl 50. He admits he’s biased in rooting for the Carolina Panthers. Specifically, Cam Newton.
“I’m not going to lie to you. I’m not objective, I want to see Cam Newton get his,” said Walls. “I really do. As a young black man. Do it your way, brother. Be respectful, but do it your way. He didn’t allow anyone to tell him that he was on the wrong path when he got drafted.”
JR asked the old defensive back if he was still snatching things that came his way as he did on the field in his playing days.
“Master of interceptions right here,” said JR. “Have you been able to snatch anything from anybody this week?”
Walls laughed, says he hasn’t picked off anything tangible.
“No, just conversations, just been snatching a little airtime,” said Walls. “Talking about my cause that I’ve been trying to push. Got a character program called Ethos Education.”
The man who proudly labels himself an adopted New Yorker explained Ethos further.
“Ethos Education is a character education program trying to teach kids to make good decisions,” said Walls. “You know, don’t be that knucklehead that is defined by the mistakes you make. And don’t let anyone else define your success. I don’t care if you’re from the suburbs or if you urban. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, bad decisions can follow you for the rest of your life.”
As a fan of repetitive disappointment and frustration, Tom holds Liverpool FC, the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls near and dear to his heart with occasional joy coming from the New York Giants and New York Yankees.