Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, 27, has played for New England since 2010. An All-Pro cornerback during his rookie season, he later moved to safety and has also contributed as a kick returner. Born and raised in New Jersey, he attended Rutgers University, where he played for the Scarlet Knights alongside his identical twin, Jason, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans. In the aftermath of the Marathon bombings, he pledged $100 to the One Fund for every tackle he made last season.

I guess I use it in managing people and trying to stay sane while being on the team. With all that’s going on around you, it gets kind of crazy.

Definitely. In college, a group used to call us “football geniuses,” trying to be  sarcastic.

Other than saving the world? I’d say probably be playing in the NBA.

No, but I have dressed up as the Easter Bunny for Easter.

No. I usually feel like punching out my brother’s mascot, T-Rac.

Sitting on the couch. [Laughs]

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The AFC Championship game when Baltimore missed the field goal, and we realized we were going to the Super Bowl.

That’s a good question. I honestly have no idea, and I’ll bet you most football players don’t, either.

I wish, but no. When we’re together, no matter how long we haven’t seen each other, we’re pretty good at finishing each other’s sentences though.

Plenty of times. In fact, the first time I met his now wife, I pretended to be him, but she knew instantly. She’d studied pictures online to make sure she could tell the difference when she finally met me.

Yeah. I don’t think we look alike, but everyone else says he has a scar on his forehead and I have one on my nose, and that’s the only way to tell us apart.

Probably Trouble. I played it as a kid. That, and Don’t Wake Daddy.

I wouldn’t be surprised.

I think it would be cool. I’d be surprised if anybody had a real problem with it in this day and age.

Training camp.

Practice. Every day, [you] get out there in full pads, practice for a couple of hours. It’s hot. You’re sleeping at a hotel. That’s the worst part of playing professional football.

Yes, I do. Not everyone does, but I eat whatever I want.

A tossup between Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.

Well, he’s not really that messy, but Vince Wilfork can eat a piece of chicken on the bone. He’ll put it on bread, like it’s a sandwich, and somehow he’ll never bite the bone, and he eats the whole thing. I’ve never seen anyone else do that.

Well, we used to have these SnackWell’s cookies, but we went super nutritious, so now the best snack is actually sunflower seeds. Our snacks are so healthy, it’s terrible. But training camp’s good, because we get chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.


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No. I’m more New York slash New Jersey.

No, it was the only open number when I got to the Patriots. [Laughs]

Probably how close they’re sitting to Bill Belichick’s office.

I can’t lie. There are portions of the game where we’re looking at them, yeah.

I’ll go with, “Nice butt.”

I think some do. Like, I feel bad for Tom Brady. He probably can’t even go to the grocery store. I can.

When I was 5 and my grandmother used to make us watch Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. It used to scare me and my brother.

It wasn’t at a game. It was at training camp. Matt Light had a guy come in Daisy Duke short-shorts and his shirt tied like a girl, and he had a sign that said, “I’m open, Tom! Throw it here!” He was right under the clock on the practice field, so before each play, the shot would go to the clock. And every play, we saw this guy jumping up and down and holding this sign. It was hilarious.

Doublemint gum.

Morris Chestnut.

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