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Jason McCourty Pulling for Twin Brother in Super Bowl LI


HOUSTON – Jason McCourty has stayed at the Super Bowl hotel of the New England Patriots here this week.

He's walked the halls, and been to various events with family members. And, yes, he's been mistaken for his twin brother, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, on multiple occasions.

"Yeah, I've had people walk by me and say, "What's up, Dev?,'' McCourty said with a smile. "Someone came up to me the other night and asked me for a picture."

McCourty, cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, politely set them straight.

"It's not a 'this week' problem,'' Jason McCourty said. "It's a lifelong problem, I guess. Most people around the team know he has a twin brother, so when I tell them I'm not Devin they say, "Oh, you must be Jason.' But it's cool. We're both used to it by now."

Devin McCourty is set to play in his third Super Bowl here on Sunday when the Patriots face the Falcons. He has a ring, and is looking to win another.

Jason McCourty, who joined the Titans in 2009, has never played in a playoff game. But he's been here supporting his brother, handing out tickets to friends and family members, and taking as much off his brother's plate as possible to keep him distraction-free. He's also talked some football.

"I'm very happy for him and that he's able to have the success he's had with the Patriots,'' Jason McCourty said of Devin. "For him to have another opportunity to play for another Super Bowl, good for him."

Just like the last time the Patriots played in the Super Bowl, however, Jason McCourty won't go to the game on Sunday. He doesn't want to jinx his brother. In the NFL, the McCourty twins are winless in the pros in five games when attending each other's games.

After watching most the game from a nearby hotel, Jason showed up after Super Bowl XLIX when the Patriots beat the Seahawks. They had their picture taken on the field together in the celebration, after Devin hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. Their story was well-documented in The Tennessean at the time. Jason McCourty even provided a picture of himself standing outside the door of the stadium in the closing moments of the contest.

McCourty will watch this year's game in Nashville with his family. He and his wife are expecting their third child soon.

"I'm pulling for him," Jason said. "And I'm hoping this is something I can experience for myself one day."

Steve McNair leads a miraculous comeback that falls just short in Super Bowl XXXIV vs. the St. Louis Rams. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP, Getty)

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