New England Patriots owner made a surprise appearance at Devin McCourty’s press conference earlier today to pay with Matthew Slater to deliver a framed picture commemorating Devin’s 200th NFL game on Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills.
“We don’t usually give personal lauding to any one, but special achievements made by special people deserve special recognition. On Thursday night, Devin McCourty will appear in his 200th NFL game,” Kraft said. “Every game he has appeared in, he has started for the last 13 years. So I want to be the first to congratulate you.”
Kraft then presented McCourty with a collage of 200 photos from the games throughout the veteran’s career.
“On Thursday night he’ll become the 90th player in NFL history to start 200 NFL games,” Kraft continued. “He’ll become just the 24th player in NFL history to play 200 games for one team. And he’ll just become the third player in Patriots franchise history to do that. He’s been a captain for this team for the last 11 years.
“I can’t think of a better leader or ambassador for the team — except for maybe the guy on my left (Slater) who wanted to hear this — but I want to thank Devin and congratulate him and tell him how special it is to all of us.”
Robert Kraft surprised Devin McCourty to honor him. He’ll start his 200th game for the Patriots on Thursday pic.twitter.com/SWfMzdniaB
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) November 28, 2022