New England Patriots owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft donated $100,000 in safety

On Tuesday night and head coach Bill Belichick highlighted how McCourty's tireless work in that area has sparked his interest to do more.

The remarks came during a virtual fundraiser in which McCourty was honored by Boston Uncornered, an organization he has supported that redirects gang-involved youth from "street corners" to end generational urban poverty.

"Conversations across our country and within our team will help lead to paving the way for a better future. Following your lead, and the example of other incredible men on our team, I look forward to increasing my role in this process," Belichick said in taped remarks. "Healthy discussion leads to actions. And actions that you have brought to the forefront have resulted in progress."

Belichick called McCourty an "ultimate role model," adding that he is a "great example of the impact that someone can have with great wisdom, leadership, courage, and passion."

They were Belichick's first public comments since the death of George Floyd, which sparked passionate conversations in the Patriots' virtual meetings. One result from those meetings was the Kraft family pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations -- chosen in collaboration with players -- that are fighting for equity, to end systemic racism and create meaningful change.

Kraft surprised McCourty by informing him that the first $100,000 of that pledge would go to Boston Uncornered as a tribute to McCourty's work.

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