98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Patriots defensive backs Devin & Jason McCourty are among the five nominees for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at the ESPY Awards on June 21.
The award is given annually at the ESPYs to honor athletes “whose demonstrated leadership has created a positive impact on their community through sports.” The McCourty twins have been deeply active in Mass., most notably helping a new education bill pass through the state legislature. The $1.5 billion Student Opportunity Act aims to provide more funding for schools and students in low-income areas.
Here are all five nominees for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award:
Devin and Jason McCourty
Minnesota Lynx F Maya Moore
Twins DH Nelson Cruz
Cavs F Kevin Love
WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil
Devin McCourty has long been one of the most active athletes in New England communities. He was the recipient of the 2014 Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2014.
The McCourty brothers would be entering their third season as teammates in 2020. Devin signed a two-year extension to stay in New England earlier in the offseason, shortly after the Patriots picked up the option on Jason’s contract.
They’ve matched their off-field activism with impact performances on the field for the Patriots. Devin made fiave interceptions in 2019, his highest total in years, while Jason made arguably the biggest defensive play of Super Bowl LIII.
The 2020 ESPYs are still scheduled to air on ESPN on June 21, with the announcement of the winner of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award coming that night.