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Devin McCourty draws fitting Patriots parallel in Rutgers commencement speech

Devin McCourty draws fitting Patriots parallel in Rutgers commencement speech

Devin and Jason McCourty had some quality life experience to draw on at their alma mater this weekend.

The twin brothers and New England Patriots defensive backs delivered the commencement speech to Rutgers' Class of 2019 on Sunday at the school's football stadium.

The theme of the McCourty twins' speech was realizing success, as Devin told the 2019 graduates, "Don’t just be successful, but redefine success and then do it again."

Devin and Jason reached the pinnacle of success with the Patriots this past season, becoming the first twins to win a Super Bowl as teammates when New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

But that achievement was the result of years of hard work for both brothers, who stepped outside their comfort zones to pursue their NFL dreams despite not being elite recruits out of high school.

"If we accept those fears from others, how can we unlock our true purpose on this earth?” Devin said. "Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. The power of positive thinking can change your life."    

Devin then brought it back to the Patriots, whose modern-day dynasty began when head coach Bill Belichick trusted his gut and stuck with Tom Brady as the team's starting quarterback in 2001 over Drew Bledsoe.

“I know chasing goals can be scary," he said. "You may be doing things for the first time in your family’s history. You may be following in the footsteps of someone great. But do you think we’d be standing here, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation, if he let fear and doubt step in the way of being great?

 "Would the Patriots have won six Super Bowls if Bill Belichick listened to other people and put (Tom) Brady back on the bench?" 

Devin is right, as Belichick's QB decision led to a series of events that reunited the twins on New England's sixth Super Bowl title team.

You can check out the McCourtys' full speech in the video below:

 

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Chiefs' overtime rule change proposal inspired by Patriots falls flat

Chiefs' overtime rule change proposal inspired by Patriots falls flat

The Kansas City Chiefs' complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

The Chiefs' proposal to change the NFL's overtime rules so that both teams are guaranteed possession died Wednesday when it didn't receive enough support to reach a vote, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent revealed Wednesday at the Spring League Meeting in Florida.

Vincent said there was some support among owners to change the overtime rules for the postseason only, but not enough to bring it to a vote.

Kansas City made the proposal after its overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, where New England won the coin toss and scored the game-winning touchdown on its opening drive, denying the Chiefs a chance to possess the ball.

The NFL's current overtime rules stipulate the game ends only if one team scores a touchdown on its first possession, so Kansas City could have gotten the ball back by holding the Patriots to a field goal or forcing a turnover on downs.

But Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and tight Travis Kelce are among those who still think both teams should get the ball no matter what.

It appears the rest of the league doesn't agree, however.

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Tom Brady seems quite pleased by Julian Edelman's contract extension

Tom Brady seems quite pleased by Julian Edelman's contract extension

Best friends love seeing each other succeed, and Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are no exception.

Edelman finally earned his payday Tuesday, inking a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $18 million with $12 million guaranteed.

Shortly after the NFL's Instagram account relayed the news, Edelman's quarterback and close pal chimed in with his stamp of approval.

Edelman's extension is good news for Brady on several fronts; the 41-year-old QB gets to keep his favorite target for two more seasons, and Edelman's deal could get the ball rolling on Brady's own extension as he enters the final year of his contract.

Brady wasn't the only Patriots player to show Edelman love, though. Defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett offered their support in the Instagram comment section, while Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller even joined the fray.

Edelman has come a long way from being an unheralded seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State, and the NFL community couldn't be happier.

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