The NFL season opens for the Patriots and Titans Sunday and both teams will have a lot going on when they hit the field. But one kinda cool storyline that shouldn’t be overlooked is that the McCourty twins get to play against each other.
No, not on the field at the same time — both play defense. But on opposite sidelines. The Patriots have their McCourty, Devin, the starting CB. The Titans have their McCourty, Jason, the starting CB.
And the dudes who look very much alike will have an interesting week. (Shoot, it’s been interesting for me in the Titans locker room. Every time I see Jason, I have to remind myself I’m not talking to Devin.) The word is their mom will wear a half-Titans, half-Patriots jersey. She’s hedging her bets. And she’s not picking one team to root for. But she’s the only one who is being shy.
The McCourty twins have combined for some classic lines already.
Want a sample?
Jason, on the many, many ticket requests from family members: “Since I’m the one with the home game, the ticket requests fell on me, so I’ll be looking for a check for about half from Dev.”
Devin, on Jason’s claims that he beat him in basketball: “I think he’s had a concussion. He probably forgets that I won most of those battles. We don’t remember many of the scores, but we just know he usually left angry.”
Jason, on their mom staying with him: “I told her that if she’s staying with me and planning to come back to the house after the game that she’ll be rooting for the Titans.”
Devin, on their mom rooting: “She’ll tell Jason she’s rooting for him since she’s staying at his house.”
Jason, on their battles on the basketball court: “Basketball games and video games always ended in a fight. We’d play basketball, not keep score and just go at it.”
Devin, on who is the fastest: “Jason is going to say him because his pro day time is faster. If we go back to the last 40 he ran at Rutgers and the last 40 I ran at Rutgers, I ran a 4.31, he ran a 4.32.”
Jason, on the best-case scenario: “Titans with a win. He’ll get over it.”
Devin, on if there is trash-talking: “No, I actually told him to lose my number this week. No side bets, no anything else. I’ll see and talk to him on Sunday when we get out on the field.”
Jason, on if there is trash-talking: “We cut off all communication. I only have one brother this week.“