They were not separated at birth. That came much later.
With the start of the 2012 NFL season, though, cornerback Jason McCourty and his twin brother Devin will come together for the first time as professionals when the Tennessee Titans host the New England Patriots in the season opener for both teams.
“Obviously, it’s going to be an amazing feeling, knowing the life we’ve gone through together, some of the struggles and some of the triumphs,” Jason McCourty said. “To know that Week 1 this year we’ll be able to match up with each other and pre-game go out on the field and say good luck to each other, that’s going to be a special feeling.”
The boys’ mother raised them mostly solo; they lost their father when they were just 3.
Born 27 minutes apart, the two attended Rutgers University together but left a year apart. Before they did, there were two years when both starting cornerbacks for the Scarlet Knights were named McCourty.
Jason then went to the Titans as a sixth-round draft pick in 2009. Devin, who was redshirted for his first college season, came out a year later as a first-round pick by the Patriots.
Their bond has remained strong through their professional separation and manifests itself in — among other things — a shared Twitter account.
That does not mean that they aren’t competitive, or that they won’t do all they can to outperform the other and help their respective teams win when they do face off for the first time.
“We talk trash all the time,” Jason McCourty said. “That’s just our nature when we’re around one another. …
“It probably will be the toughest on my mom.”
Once the game is finished, they will go their separate ways once again but will always remain closer than most teammates.