McCourty credits post-draft doubters as motivation


McCourty credits post-draft doubters as motivation

By Tom E. Curran

When Devin McCourty finished his post-draft meet-and-greet with the New England media last April, I told him that, traditionally, first-round picks host a weekend party for the media.Wide-eyed, he sought out Patriots media relations overlord Stacey James who pursed his lips and shook his head, "No."Sadly, that's not the moment McCourty remembers from last April. SpeakingTuesday with internet strongman Mike Florio on PFT Live, McCourty said that the first questioning posed to him that day helped spur himto abrilliant rookie season. "As soon as I got to Boston, I had to do an interview for the media about being drafted, and the first thing someone said to me was, Did you realize to the fans and the media youre not a popular pick not many people wanted you?" McCourty told Florio."And I just think as a player and as a competitor, when you hear those things, its a challenge. Throughout the whole season I had that in the back of my mind."McCourty's been a bit of a debutante during the past month or so, appearing with Florio and on ESPN's First Take with his brother Jason, a corner for the Titans. After a Pro Bowl season - one in which he would have been Defensive Rookie of the Year if not for a man named Suh - McCourty is allowed to enjoy the fruits of his work. A couple of other snippets from McCourty's time with Florio . . .On Randy Moss: "To line up against Randy and Tom Brady every day in practice, and get beat numerous times. It definitely got me ready for the season.On preparation: When I sat with Coach Belichick before the draft, when he was asking me questions about the defense, I was able to answer a lot of questions probably, as a coach, he didnt expect a corner to know.Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”