Devin McCourty on D&C: ‘An honor’ to be named captain
|09.09.11 at 8:04 am ET|
Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning as part of Patriots Friday.
McCourty, in just his second season in Foxboro, was named one of the team’s captains this week.
“It’s an honor. Still hearing it is kind of weird, but I’m getting used to it now,” he said.
Asked why he thinks his teammates bestowed him with the title, he said: “I think just going out and doing my job, kind of what coach [Bill] Belichick harps on, being a guy that’s just leading by example, and every day bringing that attitude into the facility. I think that’s probably the biggest reason why guys voted me as a captain, just seeing how I perform, how I go about attacking different things we do.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On his memories of 9/11: “I’m from New York and I went to high school right along with the border in Montvale, New Jersey. We were all in high school when it first happened. The news traveled through the high school, with people not really believing it. Our principal came over the loudspeaker and actually announced it. Probably a few hours later, we were all sent home. It was just a crazy feeling, being in high school and hearing that news and kind of not believing it at first and then seeing it was actually true. I had friends and everything that had parents that worked in the building, so it was real nerve-wracking.”
On if the players discuss current events in the locker room: “Current events are always discussed. You have a bunch of guys that are in this facility for hours. You talk about football a lot, trust me. But different times when you’re in the locker room or eating lunch or something, guys talk about a bunch of different things that you probably would never imagine, that happen all across the world.”
On Monday’s game vs. the Dolphins: “I think they’ll just have a lot of energy, opening the season, Monday Night Football, it’s a home game, division opponent, I think the energy level and the excitement, those will be huge in the stadium that night. We feel like we know they’re going to be very prepared and ready to play against us. We have to, more importantly, match their energy and make sure we’re ready to go when kickoff happens.”