What Devin, Jason McCourty said in Rutgers commencement address

Ryan Hannable
May 20, 2019 - 10:57 am

Devin and Jason McCourty returned to Rutgers over the weekend to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2019.

The twins spoke for roughly 20 minutes where they honored Eric LeGrand and Paul Robeson, name-dropped Bill Belichick, and also quoted Cardi B and Jay-Z.

The message was having about dreams, but also having backup plans if things didn't work out.

“But if we accept those fears from others, how can we unlock our true purpose on this earth?” Devin said. "Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. The power of positive thinking can change your life.

“I know chasing goals can be scary. You may be doing things for the first time in your family’s history. You may be following in the footsteps of someone great. But do you think we’d be standing here, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation, if he let fear and doubt step in the way of being great? Would the Patriots have won six Super Bowls if Bill Belichick listened to other people and put [Tom] Brady back on the bench?”

Added Jason: “Let all your moments of self-doubt, fear or disappointment fuel your drive to be great. Because it will be in those moments of fear that we have to realize we must redefine success and what it means to us.”

The twins also discussed how there's more to life than football and they hope people remember them for more than just the game they play. They are heavily involved in charity work, including a "Tackle Sickle Cell" initiative to honor their late aunt, as well as being part of the NFL Players Coalition.

“People often speak about legacy,” Jason said. “And when they mention our legacy, I sure hope they don’t only mention football.”

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