Jason McCourty explains why he and twin brother Devin did not consider opting out


Over the past few weeks, Devin McCourty was very vocal about the NFL moving up the opt out date for players.

But, it doesn't seem like it was ever a possibility for the 33-year-old.

“Obviously, there’s a pandemic going on,” Jason McCourty, Devin's twin brother, said via video conference Friday. “There’s a lot of things that we don’t know and a lot of steps that we’re taking, and we’re continuing to learn each and every day about the coronavirus. There’s just so much uncertainty that comes (with) it.

“As far as I’m concerned, I never — and I think me and Dev have both spoken a lot about our stance on everything that goes on — I don’t think either one of us ever thought about actually opting out. The opt-out itself just wasn’t worth it. I think for us, the love of the game and the ability to go out there — we didn’t really have a lot of issues that other people have, whether it was newborn kids, whether it was things that put them in high risk or close family members that put them in high risk.

“So for us, it was strictly from a family standpoint, we felt like it was worth it to give it a try and see what we were up against. And being able come into the building, seeing the things that would be done (to protect players), I think we thought it was necessary to go through that process. And I think us, like anybody in our society right now, if it was something that was at an extremely high risk to you or your family, of course you wouldn’t continue to do it if you could stop it. But I think for all of us right now that are playing that are in our building — I can’t speak for everybody, but I think we’re comfortable with the protocols and the measures that have been taken.”

A lot of the NFL being able to pull the season off depends on the players being responsible. While Jason had been skeptical in recent weeks, he seemed hopeful Friday.

"I think that’s not only veterans to young guys,” he said. “Young guys probably have gone through instances where maybe they’ve been affected or family members have been affected. I don’t even think we have to, as veterans, make sure we’re sitting down and telling young guys. I think we all understand the severity of this because guys have been impacted directly or indirectly through this over the last several months.

“None of us have been immune. It’s not like the older we are, the wiser. Everybody’s made mistakes, and everybody’s had impact with this virus, whether it’s somebody directly in your family, whether it’s someone you know. So I think we all are well aware of the variables that are going on right now, and it’s just up to us to make those correct decisions in those moments of weakness.”

The Patriots will be begin full-padded practices Monday.