The number 7 is a number of completion.
For the McDonald brothers, T.J. and Tevin, growing up, the number was "sacred."
As they prepped at Edison High School in Fresno, neither was able to wear it. Their dad, Tim, wore the number during his days at Edison, and the number was retired in his honor.
Tim starred as a safety for USC before playing in the NFL for 13 years, winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. T.J. is a junior at USC. Tevin is a redshirt freshman for UCLA.
They are now both allowed to wear the number 7 and play safety at rival schools. Dad's teachings stick with the boys on the field. He gave them three keys to playing the position:
"You have to play fast. You got to play physical and you got to have a playmaking mentality," said Tevin.
The younger McDonald has shown those skills in his first season on the field for the Bruins, while his brother is showing them off across town.
The two congratulate each other after games, and communicate in some ...