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Devin McCourty, all-time New England Patriots great, announces retirement

When the New England Patriots selected Devin McCourty in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Rutgers, no one could have envisioned the type of career that he would end up having.

McCourty was a late first-round selection with the likes of fellow legendary defensive backs Eric Berry and Joe Haden joining him off the board within the first 32 picks.

Fast forward more than a dozen years, and McCourty has announced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons. The three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler took to social media on Friday to make it official.

Objectively, McCourty will go down as one of the most impactful players of the Patriots’ dynastic run. In addition to winning those three Super Bowls, he played multiple positions in the secondary. That included cornerback and both safety spots.

Even at the age of 35 this past season, McCourty continued to excel for New England. He started all 17 regular-season games, recording 71 tackles, eight passes defended and four interceptions. Opposing quarterbacks completed just 51% of their passes with a rating of 72.1 when targeting McCourty. Talk about going out on a high note.

  • Devin McCourty stats: 971 tackles, 110 passes defended, 35 interceptions

McCourty finishes his career third on the Patriots’ all-time list in interceptions, just one behind Raymond Clayborn and another all-time great in that of Ty Law.

Obviously, the Patriots paid their respects to Devin McCoury after his retirement was made official Friday evening.

Congratulations to a stellar career, Devin McCourty.

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