When Bill Belichick was asked about Baltimore's ageless Ray Lewis a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned that Lewis showed himself to be exceptional at film breakdown when Belichick met with him at Miami during the pre-draft process.
There were only a couple of players over the years whom Belichick felt were as good as Lewis, and on that short list was Devin McCourty.
The rookie cornerback earned a starting spot during training camp, and became the Pats' top corner when Leigh Bodden was placed on injured reserve late in the preseason. Despite his NFL inexperience, there have been few times that McCourty has looked out of place in games, and of late his play -- he has two interceptions in the Pats' last two games -- has started to garner attention from league observers.
It's a good bet the rookie's film skills are playing a role in his quick advancement.
First car: A Ford Taurus; I shared it with my brother. It had some scrapes on it, but we couldn't complain.
First job: Target cashier. I had a couple of [the red t-shirts required of employees], with my nametag. I kept my nametag.
Favorite athlete in another sport: Kevin Durant. I like his versatility.
Hero: My mom (Phyllis Harrell), for her sacrifices. [McCourty's father died when he was 3, so Harrell raised the twins and their older brother alone.]
Prized possession: Probably my sneakers. I probably have close to 100 pairs, mostly Nikes and Jordans.
Heavy rotation in my ipod: Drake and J. Cole.
Pre-game ritual: I don't really have one, just listening to music.
Place I want to visit but haven't yet: Jamaica.
If they made a movie of my life...Morris Chestnut would play me. It would be motivational, about my life.