Devin McCourty announces his retirement

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Patriots safety Devin McCourty has come to a decision about his playing future.

McCourty announced in an Instagram post that he has decided to retire from the NFL. McCourty said at the end of the Patriots season that he would take some time before deciding on his plans for the 2023 season and said last month that he expected to come to that decision around the start of free agency.

The Patriots selected McCourty in the first round of the 2010 draft and he remained a fixture in their secondary through the end of the 2022 season. McCourty started all 205 regular season and 24 postseason games during his long run in New England. He won three Super Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro three times over the course of his career.

McCourty retires with 971 tackles, 35 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and three sacks. Only Raymond Clayborn and Ty Law had more interceptions while a member of the Patriots.

38 responses to “Devin McCourty announces his retirement

  1. Yeah. It’s time.

    Great guy and a really good career. Thank you Devin. Enjoy the next chapter of your life.

  2. Go ahead and fit this man for a Jacket. First ballot or second is the only question.

  3. Thought this was coming when he started talking about “the Patriots” when masquerading as a talking head on NFLN.

    Thanks for the memories. I still can’t believe he never missed a game in the league in 14 years.

    Great career. I will never forget when the Jets took Kyle Wilson ahead of McCourty, a guy who played college in NJ right in their own backyard and the Jets fans thought Wilson would be better.


    Get the red jacket ready, Devin.

  4. His accomplishments are really that much more impressive when you consider those Super Bowls were won without cheating. Probably. Very much.

  5. One of a handful of players that won all three championships in the 2010s. Will be in the Patriots HOF before long …

  6. A LEGEND and a huge piece of the 2nd decade of our dynasty! So happy he stayed with us after 2014, and didn’t go to Philly.

  7. Thank you Devin. Amazing career with one team. Enjoy the next phase; you earned it.

  8. Maybe quitting a year or two too early, which may something about whether BB was having him back. Did he never miss a game? If so I didn’t know that. Congrats Mr . McCourty.

  9. Played 14 great years AND was nominated FOUR times for Walter Payton Man of the Year

  10. Great career. Glad he is getting out with his health. He has a bright future ahead. Patriot Hall of Famer for sure. Not sure about Canton though.

  11. Great career, great character and leadership, great in the community. Well done. I have no doubt he be successful post NFL. This may bring BBranch more into play in the Pats draft plans.

  12. It’s not just his own play that will be missed but the leadership of the backfield that he brought with him that will be hard to replace.

  13. If you know anything about the man he was a class act on and off the field. Never a negative thing said about him, great leader, a coach on the field and more. If we could choose a player like that every year I would be a happy fan.

  14. Started every game for the team. Played very well the whole time. Just amazing. – Seahawks fan

  15. Great player and more importantly and even better human being. Obviously a Patriot HOFer, but nowhere near NFL HOF caliber. Let’s stop watering down the qualifications for Canton. He made 2 Pro Bowls and 3 second team all-pros. I hate doing this because we should be celebrating him, but we need to stop crowning everyone HOF and disrespecting the true greats. Devin was a leader in a system that largely was devoid of stars, including himself, but it worked because they were willing to be selfless and play team ball.

  16. Congrats on a great career. Just one of those guys who showed up week in & week out, and you never saw bad headlines about or anything. One of the NFL’s good guys.

  17. Great career. Canton worthy.

    Don’t blame him for retiring. The Patriots won’t win another Super Bowl for many years. They are nothing without Brady, history continues to prove that.

  18. clubpiscopo says:
    March 10, 2023 at 5:58 pm
    Great career. Canton worthy.

    Don’t blame him for retiring. The Patriots won’t win another Super Bowl for many years. They are nothing without Brady, history continues to prove that.

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  19. Rare combination of both a class act, and very good for a very long time.
    Tipping my hat to him.

  20. I even like the timing of his retirement ….not too early after the season and really thought about it. Good job.

  21. Canton worthy??? You gotta be kidding me! He couldn’t carry Rodney Harrison’s jock. He was incredibly over rated. He couldn’t tackle, took bad angles and couldn’t cover tight ends, other than that he was great. Count me as one NE fan who is glad he’s gone.

  22. Count me as another. A good man for sure, but way over-rated as a player. He played centerfield and was always late to the ball. Rarely made any impact plays.

  23. I was at his first game and have really enjoyed his evolution as a player and a man. He is part of the great lineage of Patriot leaders. With his departure, David Andrews, Matthew Slater, and Lawrence Guy are the only remaining guys with rings. Devin will do great in his next chapter!

  24. clubpiscopo says:
    March 10, 2023 at 5:58 pm
    Great career. Canton worthy.
    No. The only HOF recognition he will get is the Patriots HOF. Well deserved.

  25. My family was there for his last home game. We hung around after and watched Devon and Slate walk off the field. Been a Pats fan since birth and Devon will always be one of my favorites.

    A Patriot forever.

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