Four Downs: Devin McCourty Prepares for Game Day By Listening to Jay-Z


Four Downs: Devin McCourty Prepares for Game Day By Listening to Jay-Z FOXBORO, Mass. — Cornerback Devin McCourty went from being relatively unknown on draft night in 2010 to becoming a New England superstar during his rookie season with the Patriots.

McCourty forced nine turnovers, including seven interceptions, during his Pro Bowl season. He has been up and down so far in 2011, and he has preached a dedication to staying consistent, which has been an improvement over the last two weeks.

In the meantime, he took a few minutes to go four downs with

First Down

NESN: What goes into your pregame routine?

McCourty: I'm not real superstitious, so I don't really do anything different or anything special before each game.

NESN: What do you try to eat before a game?

McCourty: I just usually try to eat some pasta or something with some carbohydrates. No special meal or anything, though.

Second Down

NESN: What's on your iPod before a game?

McCourty: Just put a nice game-day playlist together and just listen to that for a couple hours. I have Jay-Z on it, some Drake, some J Cole, just a bunch of different artists, Rick Ross, and just listen to that.

NESN: How long is it?

McCourty: It's probably like an hour long, hour and a half.

NESN: Do you use it to amp you up, or do you try to stay relaxed with your pregame music?

McCourty: I guess it's a little relaxing, also, kind of get you going, get you ready for the game and that little area right before you take the field, so you're not 100 percent ready to go but still a little calm.

Third Down

NESN: If you could eat any meal right now, whether it's homemade or at a restaurant 3,000 miles away, what would it be?

McCourty: Some home-cooked pork chops, macaroni and cheese, home cooked from mom.

Fourth Down

NESN: What's the best movie you've seen recently?

McCourty: I'd probably have to go with Warrior, with the two brothers. It was competitive. I liked that movie, just the whole plot and everything.

NESN: Do you have an all-time favorite movie?

McCourty: There are some movies I'll always watch when they come on like Blue Chips, He Got Game, Any Given Sunday. Movies like that, I'll watch them any time they're on.

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