Super Bowl New England Patriots’ Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Three-time Super Bowl Champion Devin McCourty announced his retirement from the NFL.

McCourty, whose twin brother Jason played football alongside him, made the announcement in an Instagram post on Friday afternoon. The former New England Patriots star tweeted the post on his Twitter account.

“BREAKING NEWS!!! It’s not about the destination, it’s about the JOURNEY!!” he tweeted.

“I now have my first bit of breaking news. I’m so excited about this right now,” Jason McCourty, who now contributes on Good Morning Football on NFL Network, said in the video to start before introducing his brother.

“I am officially retiring from the NFL,” Devin said to his brother. “It has been a great ride. I had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Kraft, Bill, a lot of the guys on the defensive staff. Unbelievable ride, man. It’s always tough to come down to the end, as you know, this whole offseason has been so much back and forth for me mentally. Probably not even sharing as much of the thoughts that I was just going between from eon day to the next day. But ultimately, I think this is the best decision for me, my family, for my career, is to be able and now look back at my 13 years and just enjoy it.”

Jason accomplished so much in his NFL career. After a strong career at Rutgers, in which he as an All-Big East First Team selection in 2009, the Patriots drafted him in 2010. He played for the Pats throughout his entire career. McCourty won three Super Bowls – XLIX, LI, LIII – and was selected to three Second Team All-Pro squads and two Pro Bowls.

He was named to the Patriots All-2010s and All-Dynasty Teams.

The NFL world reacted to the news of McCourty’s retirement.

In the comments, several congratulated him on his career. Those of which included GMFB host Jamie Erdahl, the Pats, New England receiver DeVante Parker, and quarterback Bailey Zappe.

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The Patriots considered him “The ultimate leader” in a congratulatory post.

His brother Jason also said that he’s “happy Dev’s retiring because now he can’t say he played more seasons than I did!!!”

The NFL’s NFLegacy account posted a highlight reel to celebrate him.

[Devin McCourty]

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