Longtime New England Patriots safety and captain Devin McCourty said Friday that it is both "awesome" and a "little bittersweet" to see former teammates Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski playing in Super Bowl LV.

"To watch those two guys leave our team and bring everything they've learned to Tampa, a team that didn't make the playoffs last year and now is having an opportunity to win a world championship, it's been awesome to watch," McCourty said on ESPN's Get Up on Friday. "And obviously, a little bittersweet because you would rather those two guys suiting up with you on Sundays.

"But it's still awesome to see those guys going out there and doing it again. Obviously, for Tom and his legacy and what he's done in this league, he doesn't have to do any more. But to continue to watch him and his greatness, and continue to get better and better each year, it's just unbelievable."