Early Influence: Jason McCourty

Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”

Jason McCourty, Titans cornerback

“For me it’s my older brother, Larry White, he’s the one who pushed for me and my twin brother Devin [a Patriots rookie] to be playing football. He was always pushing for us to be aggressive, go out there and make plays.

“He played in high school and then he served in the Army, he fought in the Persian Gulf War, he’s 39, quite a bit older than us.

“My father passed away when I was three, so he kind of was that father figure for me. He kind of taught us different little things that my mom couldn’t teach me and we could always go to him for a little bit of advice. And when it came to that aggression in football, and actually going out there and completion, he was nig on that for us.

“Before every game he’ll call me and continue to try to motivate me: ‘Just know that you’re the guy, go out there and don’t be afraid, challenge those guys. On your worst day you can call him up and he’s going to tell you how good you are. He’s great in that way.”