Super Bowl champions Jason McCourty and Devin McCourty told the Rutgers Class of 2019 they will face roadblocks, speed bumps and every obstacle possible, but urged them to confront these challenges head-on and not let moments of self-doubt, fear and disappointment interfere with their drive to be great.
The McCourty brothers – Rutgers alumni who made history on Feb. 3, 2019, when they became the first set of twins to play together in, and win, the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots – told graduates receiving degrees at HighPoint.com Stadium that the power of positive thinking can change their lives.
“I know chasing goals can be scary,” said Devin McCourty during the ceremony for students graduating from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. “Do you think we would be here celebrating the 100th year of Paul Robeson’s graduation if he was too scared to step out there and be great? Would the Patriots have six Super Bowls if Bill [Belichick] listened to other people and put Tom Brady back on the bench?’’
The McCourty brothers, who graduated a year apart – Jason in 2009 and Devin in 2010 – told the more than 47,000 who attended commencement about the journey they took to reach their goals. From college at Rutgers where they met their wives, they talked about being drafted by the NFL, marriage, becoming fathers and starting the Tackle Sickle Cell campaign in 2013 to highlight their aunt’s battle with the disease, which has raised over a million dollars.