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Devin McCourty named Patriots nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year: 'I give back because my mom instilled it in me'

Ryan Hannable
December 06, 2018 - 9:43 am
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Not only is Devin McCourty one of the Patriots' best players on the field, he's also one of the best off it.

The Patriots announced Thursday McCourty is their Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.

The award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Each team gets one nominee and the winner will be announced the night before the Super Bowl.

“I give back because my mom instilled it in me. She showed me the way by having a good heart and giving back to people,” said McCourty in a press release. “She was a nurse and growing up I knew in life that I wanted to do something to give back to people. It’s so much more gratifying when you can give to others and see the effect you have on them. Anyone can take a gift, but to take the time out and do something special for someone, it’s a great honor.”

McCourty, along with his twin brother Jason, has been a major advocate for sickle cell disease awareness and also recently has advocated for juvenile criminal justice reform.

“We are very excited to nominate Devin McCourty for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,” Robert Kraft also said in the release. “He has been a special part of our organization for nine seasons, not only for what he’s been able to do on the field, but for the way he’s been able to positively impact those in our communities. Devin is a natural leader and his genuine commitment to helping others is inspiring.”

McCourty has been a member of the Patriots since being drafted in 2010.

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