Devin and Jason McCourty to Serve as 2019 University Commencement Speakers
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Rutgers Board of Governors today voted to award honorary degrees to Super Bowl LIII champions and Rutgers alumni Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots when they address graduates at the 253rd anniversary commencement of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on May 19, 2019. On the field, the McCourtys made history on Feb. 3, 2019, when they became the first set of twins to play together in, and win, a Super Bowl. Off the field, the former Scarlet Knights continue to make headlines as they dedicate their time to the fight against sickle cell anemia by collaborating with the New Brunswick-based nonprofit Embrace Kids Foundation. Jason McCourty, a 2009 graduate, and Devin McCourty, a 2010 graduate, arrived at Rutgers-New Brunswick in 2005 and were standout members of the Rutgers football team. While the brothers took slightly different paths after college – they made the leap to the NFL one year apart and landed on different teams, Jason McCourty in Tennessee and Devin McCourty in New England – they have remained united, personally and publicly, known as the McCourty Twins through social media and in their efforts to give back to the community. The McCourtys often return to Rutgers to inspire current Scarlet Knights and to lead fundraising events with Embrace Kids Foundation, which helps families whose children are facing cancer, sickle cell and other serious health challenges. A 2018 team captain for New England, Devin McCourty started all 16 games at safety and finished the year with 82 tackles, four passes defended two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an 84-yard interception return for a touchdown. Devin McCourty graduated with a degree in sociology and labor studies in 2010 after a standout Rutgers career that saw him earn All-Big East honors, appearing in 52 games with 238 tackles. Jason McCourty played in 16 games for New England during the 2018 regular season and started the final 12 contests at cornerback, as he finished the year with 70 tackles, 10 passes defended an interception and a forced fumble. A 2009 Rutgers graduate with a degree in information, technology and informatics, Jason McCourty was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior. He appeared in 47 games with 150 tackles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.