Twin brothers and NFL defensive backs, Jason & Devin McCourty, have both been individually nominated for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, the highest honor the NFL Players Association can bestow on a player. The award recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. This is the second consecutive year that the twins have been nominated for this award.
Starting back in 2013, Jason & Devin McCourty partnered with New Jersey based non-profit, Embrace Kids Foundation to launch the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign. Over the last four years, they’ve hosted multiple blood drives and fundraising events in their home state of New Jersey as well as the two cities where the twins play for their respective NFL teams, Boston and Nashville. The McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign aims to educate the public, increase blood donors, and raise money & awareness for the fight against sickle cell disease.
This year, Jason & Devin ran their annual, free of charge, Football Camp in their hometown and co-hosted three separate Tackle Sickle Cell events in New Jersey, a Blood Drive, a Casino Night and a 5K Run/Walk. They also held Tackle Sickle Cell fundraising events individually with Devin hosting a Casino Night on October 24th in Boston and Jason hosting a Comedy Night in Nashville on November 14th.
“I’m very humbled to be nominated for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award,” said Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty. “Being recognized in this respect I feel sheds a light on the work my mother did to shape me into the individual I am today. I will forever be grateful for the values she’s instilled in me. Knowing my peers chose me to represent our team speaks volumes.”
The twins’ father passed away when they were just three years old and Jason is not alone crediting their mother with instilling their strong values. “Being nominated for this award represents everything my mom sacrificed to help me become a man, “ said New England Patriots Safety Devin McCourty. “I’m so thankful for what she has taught and continues to teach me. Proud to represent my teammates and everything they stand for as well. This is a true honor and I feel very blessed God has given me this platform.”
In May of 2016 the Twins were both inducted into The Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor the University can bestow upon an alumni. Created in 1987, the Hall of Distinguished Alumni recognizes alumni who, through their superlative achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and to the University.
The Twins also participate in dozens of community initiatives in their NFL cities including school and hospital visits, Holiday events, and appearing at fundraisers supporting a variety of causes including ending sexual and domestic violence, mentorship, ALS and childhood education. The McCourty’s each serve as their team reps for the “Fuel
Up to Play 60” program, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.
They also serve to assist their fellow NFL players as Jason is the Titans team rep for the NFL Players Association and Devin is an alternate rep for the Patriots.
For more information regarding the McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign, please contact Pat Capra of Lunar Sports Group at PCapra@lunarsportsgroup.com