He took a few minutes to speak with the Newark Star-Ledger and reflect on his rookie season with New England, which made him the 27th overall pick in the draft last April.
McCourty started all 16 games for the Pats, was named to his first Pro Bowl, and was a second-team All-Pro, but even he admits now that he played above his own expectations.
“I didn’t really expect much. For it to turn out the way it did — except for losing in the playoffs (to the Jets),” he said. “Other than that it was just a great season.
“I expected to do good, but not that good.”
McCourty kept the balls from all seven interceptions he pulled in this season.
“It was a big deal…When I look back I realize I had an interception off Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. When you think about that it’s amazing.
“It’s an incredible feeling being able to pick off the guys you enjoyed watching growing up.”
But like many of his teammates, the playoff loss to the Jets still stings McCourty.
“It was very tough,” he said. “The way our team was we were all focused on winning and getting to the big show. Just losing was very disappointing. I know it gives us and myself a lot of drive for next year to get to that Super Bowl.”