Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans here, AMA.
Hey, this is Jason McCourty, first-time redditor, Week One NFL interception leader and defensive back of the Tennessee Titans. Like you, I could not be more excited the NFL season is finally here, especially after our win this week!
Looking forward to your questions today, AMA guys.
edit: it pains me to have to leave but i appreciate all the questions, and hopefully i answered all of them... and i'm going to be hanging out the rest of the season with the Lays STAX crew on FB, every Thursday night. thanks guys.
lol i'm recruiting him to the titans
Who is better at picking up women and why is it Devin?
I'm married so I'll plead the fifth on that one
JMac, Obviously you're going to see we've got some great Titans fans here. Pop on over to /r/tennesseetitans anytime!
Who's been your inspiration in life and in football?
Go get them Cowboys this week!
my biggest inspiration in life has been my mom. My father passed away when i was young so she was a single mom and sacrificed so much to make sure her children were successful. I learned everything from her
Mr. McCourty, is Jake Locker the man to lead to team on the offensive side of the ball this year?
Ok its week 17, 4th quarter, titans down by 6. If you win, titans are in the playoffs and your opponent just misses out (and vice versa):
Which team (or NFL QB) would give you the most pleasure to personally pick-six for the win? And why?
Whichever team Dev is on at the time, because he's my twin brother.
A friend of mine named Brian Murphy always claims to have known you in high school. Did you? Please tell me you don't know who he is so that I can make fun of him forever. Thanks.
Yeah tell Brian I said was sup
Jason, congrats on big game on Sunday. I have three questions:
1. How do you think Rutgers will do in their first year in the Big Ten?
2. Do you think Rutger's recruiting will improve because of the move?
3. Should I pick up Tennessee's Defense this week for fantasy or not?
- Been talking a lot of trash in the locker room this year and that we're going to win the Big Ten this year.
- It will be huge and the opponents we face will allow us to get a lot better recruits.
- Of course! Why not?!
What's something about life in the NFL that the average fan doesn't realize?
People probably don't realize how down to earth we are as players. We've normal people just like everyone else. We're constantly busy every week, but the fans make it worth every ounce of effort.
What was the more difficult transition? High school to college, or college to NFL? Edit- I'm asking b/c I've heard that hardest step on the road to MLB is going AA to AAA.
college to the NFL because it is the first time your on your own and the first time you have some real money in your pocket
Hey Jason, thanks for taking some time to do this AMA. Do you like Pizza rolls done in the oven or microwaved?
Intercepting Eli Manning again, in the oven. I like my food crispy instead of soggy.
Hey Jason, thanks for doing this AMA!
Who's the toughest QB to play against?
You can pick between peyton, brady, rodgers, or brees
Why do you hate the Chiefs?
It's the same amount of hate for all other 31 teams.
If you couldn't play football, what what you choose as a career?
I'd be a high school teacher.
Can you throw a pigskin over them mountains over there?
I don't think I can, gosh. But Uncle Rico can.
One more question...looking at your Reddit name..do you plan to do a dual AMA with your bro sometime in the future? That would be pretty awesome!
You just gave me a great idea that i'm going to have to make come true...
Hello Mr. McCourty. Huge Titan fan here from Bergen County, NJ. I've been a fan of you and your brother since your St. Joes days. I was wondering what your favorite thing to do around the area was or still is?
Love going home and visiting mom
Would you rather fight 1 normal sized Cortland Finnegan or 100 duck sized Cortland Finnegans??
The 1 normal sized Cortland Finnegan. I know I can beat him!
Hey J-Mac! thanks for doing this AMA.
First off, congratulations on such a great performance Sunday. I think you're one of the most underrated players in the league and I'm really happy you're on the Titans. Now, my question: If the entire Titans organization was thrown into a Battle Royale/Hunger Games arena situation, who would be the last man standing?
Probably our owner Mr. Smith he has the most resources lol
Hey Jason - who is better on the field - you or your brother?
that's an easy one ME!!!!!!
Hey Jason, thanks for stopping in for an AMA!
Please feel free to stop by the football dedicated subreddit, /r/nfl as we would all love to field questions over there too.
I'm a big Patriots fan so am curious to how it was growing up with Devin from a football perspective? I have to imagine the competition level in your house/high school/Rutgers was a huge advantage for honing your skills. How did you motivate each other? Any good stories about the level of competition?
It was awesome we pushed each other to the max growing up to be the best that we could be
Hey Titans fan here since the Eddie George/MacNair days, never thought Id see a titan do a AMA. thank you!
How does the new coaching philosophy of Whisenhunt compare to ex-coach Munchak's?
And how does the running game feel now that CJ is gone?
btw, Great Win over KC this weekend!
- Both really good coaches with different philosophies.
- Multiple guys getting the job done, opposed to just one.
Hey Jason, great game on Sunday. I'm a Rutgers alum as well, and I'm just curious, do you still keep in touch regularly with your old Rutgers teammates, particularly those who are also in the league?
yes i talk to a lot of them all the time. We all stay in touch in the offseason
Who do you think is the fastest player in the NFL?
Hey Jason! I love the titans and I love you! What do you think about the Titans not resigning Verner in the off season?
It hurt thats my good friend i still talk to him every week but we all understand that its a business and how it works. Happy to see him sign a big contract in Tampa Bay
Another question, how often do you and your brother get under each other's skin about football? I know you two support each other but come on. There's gotta be SOME little arguments or something.
We definately get after each other a little bit, especially in the off season when were working out together. It's a little tough for me being he's been doing a lot of winning lately lol
What's up #30?! Congrats on the win Sunday!
I have two questions:
Of all the players you've tackled, who was the hardest to bring down?
Do you prefer playing in a man or zone cover scheme?
Good luck against Dallas! I can't wait to watch you shut down Dez and company!
Jones Drew and Marshawn Lynch are some of the toughest to tackle. Scheme wise you have to be able to mix it up and play both
Hey Jason! Huge Titans fan here. Do you think having Donnie on your team for a year and going against him in practice the whole season helped you on Sunday?
Maybe a little bit but he was coming off an injury, so he's a completely different player now. He can run and it was a lot of fun competing against him!
How do you feel about how little press the titans get? As a fan its infuriating to think that I can watch NFLN for hours and not get one glimmer of the titans.
Doesn't bother us we like to fly under the radar
Jason- great game Sunday, you guys really made a statement by beating the snot out of one of the better teams of last year. Questions-
1- Who is the craziest player you've ever played with/against?
2- Best locker room story?
Thanks, and good luck to you all (besides when you play the Jets week 15!)
craziest player i've played with probably Cortland Finnegan
Hey Jason, thanks for doing this!
Be honest, who is the most physically imposing guy in the NFL-that guy that makes you go "WHOA. That dude is big." when you see him up close?
Probably Ndamukong Suh.
I saw a recent interview with Howie Long where he was saying when he looks back, football was only a part of his life. I know it is super early, but any thoughts on life post football career?
I look forward to being able to relax and spend a lot of quality time with my family that I miss out on now
You have any good prank stories from the titans locker room?
Every year, all of the rookies' clothes get thrown into the bottom of the cold tub.
Hey Jason, huge Titan fan here! Great game on Sunday, you were instrumental to our Win. I wanted to ask if you have any pre-game rituals to pump you up and get you ready for gametime?
This past Sunday in order to calm my nerves i actually got on my phone and started playing the McCourty Twins Interception challenge lol
Are you close with Eric LeGrand?
yea that's my guy
Hey Jason how awesome was it to get 2 interceptions on Sunday? TITAN UP
It was amazing to make some big plays to help the team get the first W!
Jason! Huge fan of your work, my question is: who is the best prankster on the Titans roster?
Idk but before it was rob bironas
You had an awesome game Sunday vs the Chiefs, Jason! Who is the toughest WR you have faced?
Hi Jason, what is your favorite food?
Anything my mom cooks or my wife!
What do you think of the film adaptation of your team "Remember the Titans"? I love that movie, but not its sequel "Clash of the Titans"
any movie that involves Titans is guaranteed to be awesome!
What's the weirdest item that a fan has asked you to sign for a autograph?
The weirdest one I've heard about was actually from my brother, D-Mac. He saw a fan with a tattoo of the Patriots helmet on his head and had Tom Brady sign one side and Randy Moss sign the other. He wanted to have their autographs then tattooed on the helmet on his head.
Jason, Rutgers alumn here. What are your thoughts on Rutgers in the Big Ten? Do you think we have a shot at defeating Penn State this weekend?
We're going to dominate the big ten in year one!
What do you think of the new playoff system in college football? Who is your pick to win?
What am I going to expect from the Titans this year? And what do you love most about FOOTBALL?!
Your going to see us compete every sunday. I love the camaraderie built between teammates
Hi Jason, gratz on a great game to open up the season. Im a Steelers fan and was just curious if you had any interesting stories to share regarding them or any players there you might really respect or perhaps dislike? Always like it when NFL players do AMAs so thanks for doing this and good luck next Sunday.
I think Antonio Brown is one of the best WRs in the game
Do you notice a difference in the personality of defensive players vs. offensive players? I.e. are defensive players by nature more aggressive types of people?
nah no big difference just depends on the specific person
I asked Eli Manning this when he did his AMA, What do you think of the NFL's popularity growing more and more around the world.. specifically in Europe. Also what do you think of the possibility of their being a London franchise? good idea? or to far for teams to travel?
It'd would be tough but definitely something worth looking itnto
When you and your twin start competing against each other do yoyr parents pick side??
no my mom never picked sides but if it got out of hand she let us know she'd always win the battle
Would you beat your twin in a 50 yard sprint?
I'd beat him in any yardage sprint you chose
Hey jason I think you're one of the most underrated DBs in the nfl! What is your most memorable play?
Do you think Vince young should have another chance in the nfl?
Most memorable moment would probably be playing against my brother opening day two years ago
Hey Jason, who are your best friends on the titans, and who would you consider and the funniest guy on the team?
Best friends are Michael Griffin and Bernard Pollard. Funniest guy is Daimion Stafford.
Why will the Titans win the Super Bowl?
Because we win every game in the playoffs.
What kind of diet are you guys on? Do DBs like yourself have to eat massive calories to burn though them during practice and game day?
Yes, we do. I try to eat a well balanced diet, but I do enjoy treats like LAY'S STAX potato crisps every now and then.
Hello Jason, what are your thoughts and how has the team adapted to new coach Ken Wisenhunt and new Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton?
We are adapting well we just have to continue to work hard and prepare each week
In the locker room, is their any shady rituals players do that would be looked down upon if it was shown on TV?
no of course not we're all clean cut nothing out of the ordinary
Where do you see the Titans in 5-10 years?
hopefully hoisting a lombardi trophy
Who did you grow up cheering for? Does that allegiance go out the window the minute you play for someone else, or do you still like to see that team do well as long as it's not at your team's expense?
I have no favorite teams now other than the Tn Titans but growing up my older brother made me into a Cowboys fan
what's the best hit you have witnessed?
Any hit Bernard Pollard makes on my team.
Panthers fan here. How do you go about defending a much taller receiver? I'm incredibly excited about Kelvin Benjamin, and size seemed to play a huge factor in his success against Tampa.
You have to compete against him every play and attack the football at its high point.
Who is your favorite NBA player and why is it Nick Young?
Because he's swaggy!
What are your Favorite books?
What was the best advice you've ever received?
Favorite book: The Tennessee Titans defensive playbook.
Best advice: Control what you can control.
Hi Jason, thanks for doing this AMA!
Important question. You have been sentenced to death for a crime you did not commit. What would you choose as your last meal?
Whatever meal that came with a side of freedom!
Who would you say is your favorite player to just watch and admire his ability? (Not on the Titans)
Devin McCourty, obviously.
Hey Jason... Best pregame hype song?
I'm not big on music before games i like to relax and talk with teammates
Hey Jason! Who would you say that the top three linebackers in the league are right now?
Wesley Woodyard, Zach Brown, Derrick Morgan and any other LB on the Titans
When was your first moment that you realized "holy shit, surreal.. I'm an NFL cornerback"? Thanks for this AMA! I wish more players would do it!
Can't wait to see y'all beat those cowgirls!
I get that feeling every year its a blessing and a dream come true
Hi Jason, how many calories do you intake daily?
No idea, probably too many but don't tell the titans
Hey Jason! What team do you think has the best/coolest/nicest uniforms in the NFL?
What is the most disappointing moment/game in your football career?
Every game lost is disappointing
As a longtime fan of the Titans, sometimes it feels like we no real rivals (at least from a fans perspective.) I would guess its the Colts, but who do you and the other guys in the locker room get more "amped" to play against, or feel as if are the rivals of the team?
every team in the division is a rival because you play them so much
Hey Jason, thanks for doing this. I think this is the year for the Titans to make a deep run. Who are the most difficult receivers to line up across from? And how much trash do you talk in an average game? Any good examples? Thanks for taking the time!
There are so many tough WRs in todays game that you can pick just about in one on any given team but there's usually a lot of trash talk going in during games
How much does a NFL player eat in a typical day?
Do you have a specific diet or just eat what you need to replenish calories?
Depends on if you as a lineman or a skill guy. Lineman eat a ton
Why didn't you go to Indianapolis? We would have loved to have you pick some of Mannings lobs on Sunday.
haha you guys have some really good DBs in Indy, you don't need me
What quarterback do you feel you have to prepare the most for?
to be honest all of them
Who do you think are the top 5 corners in the league, ranked 1 - 5!?
I'm not big on rankings, i leave that up to the experts
Why did you choose information technology as your college major? Does IT help you understand strategy, plays, decision making better in football? Any mental overlap?
Nah just liked working with technology
Just saying, but your name is one letter off from mine (my twin has the same first name), and I'm ALWAYS confused when I hear your name. Also, hope you have a good season! What team are you most looking forward to playing?
Edit: resubmit because of AutoModerator.
everyone on the schedule
What does it feel like the day after a game?
What do you eat before and after a game?
Feels good when you win
Devon:what was the hardest thing about going feom cb to saftey? Also how did bill tell you? Is he actually funny behind closed doors?
Dev's not available at this time but it was probably easy for him being he plays safety and that's easier than playing corner
Thanks for doing this AMA J-mac. I am a Patriot's fan so I enjoy your brother's work thoroughly of course but I got a lot of respect for your football work as well. What I am getting at is this....when do you plan to join the Patriots and make a historic twin secondary happen?
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