The Bosas have become the latest standout sibling tandem, but there have been many throughout the NFL's history. Here are the sibling duos and trios the Chargers' and 49ers' pass rushers will be measured against throughout their careers.
Between them, the Colquitts have 25 years' experience, two Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl ring. The sons of former Steelers Super Bowl champion punter Craig Colquitt broke into the league when the Chiefs chose Dustin in the third round of the 2005 draft. One of only three punters to be taken in Round 3 this century, Dustin has kicked with his original team longer than any active punter. He and Britton faced off (sort of) 12 times from 2010-15, when the latter was Denver's punter. Britton's punting proved key in the 2015 playoffs, helping an offensively limited team to a Super Bowl title.
In college, each Ismail brother had a speed-based alias. Raghib's "Rocket" moniker stuck after his electric Notre Dame career, while Qadry (Syracuse) became "The Missile." Both debuted in 1993 and each posted two 1,000-yard seasons as NFLers. Rocket broke in on a historically fast '93 Raiders receiving corps and was a key target for the Panthers and Cowboys later in his career. Younger by a year, Qadry arrived in the NFL with less fanfare but notched a memorable peak as the top receiver on the 2000 Ravens' Super Bowl team. He closed his career as one of Peyton Manning's auxiliary targets on the '02 Colts.
Two key cogs in the Miami Hurricanes dynasty, Brian and Bennie Blades each became 1988 draft picks. The Lions chose Bennie, a safety, No. 3 overall. The Seahawks took his older brother, a wideout, in Round 2. They played 10 and 11 seasons, respectively, and each earned one Pro Bowl honor. A 1991 All-Pro, Bennie was one of his era's hardest hitters. He anchored several of the Lions' playoff secondaries in the '90s. Brian was Seattle's No. 1 receiver for much of his career; his 7,620 yards rank behind only Steve Largent in Seahawks history.
The modern era's premier linebacker family entered the NFL in near-identical fashion, Mychal coming out of UCLA as the 2012 No. 46 overall pick and ex-Bruin Eric the 45th overall choice in 2015. Both signed lucrative extensions with the Eagles and Vikings, respectively, and have been starters for most of their careers. While Mychal's insider trading charge has clouded his career, he remains part of the Seahawks' elite linebacker trio. He also was a three-down 'backer for the Eagles' Super Bowl team, one that beat Eric's Vikings in the NFC title game. Eric is on pace to make his first Pro Bowl, his 12 passes defensed second among all linebackers.
Despite being ninth- and eighth-round picks, respectively, the Blackwoods combined for 23 NFL seasons and 64 interceptions. Though Lyle is six years older, he and Glenn teamed up for one of the more unique NFL sibling runs. Glenn helped bring Lyle, a Colts starter who picked off 10 passes in 1977, to Miami. They teamed up as the Dolphins' starting safeties ("The Bruise Brothers") from 1981-84, with that stretch including two Super Bowls. Glenn anchored those Miami secondaries, intercepting 12 passes from 1984-85. A year after Lyle's 1986 retirement, Glenn suffered a career-ending knee injury. Glenn's 29 INTs are fourth in Dolphins history.
Each Trufant brother played at a different Washington school: Marcus at Washington State, Isaiah at Eastern Washington and Desmond at Washington. Marcus and Desmond were first-round picks 10 years apart. The Seahawks took Marcus in 2003; the Falcons then chose Desmond in 2013. Before ending his career as a mentor-type for the Legion of Boom, Marcus was the top corner on five playoff defenses and in Super Bowl XL. A one-time Pro Bowler like Marcus, Desmond has been Atlanta's top cover man for years. He missed Super Bowl LI. Isaiah went undrafted but played five seasons with the Jets and Browns.
While Howie Long was a second-round pick, both his sons went in Round 1: Chris at No. 2 overall in 2008 and Kyle 20th overall in 2013. A guard, Kyle outdid his older brother in Pro Bowls (3-0), but Chris authored an interesting conclusion. After a productive but overlooked eight-year Rams stay, Chris latched on as a pass-rushing specialist for back-to-back Super Bowl champions (the 2016 Patriots and '17 Eagles). The defensive end donated his entire 2017 salary to charity. Kyle Long became a high-end guard early, going 3-for-3 in Pro Bowls in his first three years. Injuries have slowed the Bear blocker, however.
Thomas Jones sits 26th on the all-time rushing list, his 10,591 yards ranking ahead of the likes of Tiki Barber, Marshawn Lynch and Clinton Portis. The underrated back and younger brother, Julius Jones, combined to rush for more than 15,000 yards. The No. 7 overall pick in 2000, Thomas peaked with the Bears and Jets in the late 2000s. He amassed a five-year string of 1,000-yard seasons from 2005-09. Thomas started during the Bears' mid-aughts resurgence and gained a career-high 1,402 yards on the 2009 Jets' AFC title game-qualifying team. Julius totaled one 1,000-yard season, with the '06 Cowboys, and played seven.
These kickers combined to win five Super Bowls, and for a fifth of the NFL's timeline, there was a Bahr in the league. Drafted in the 1976 second round, Chris Bahr played 14 seasons and was the Raiders kicker on their 1980 and '83 Super Bowl teams. His younger brother began his career as the kicker for the Steelers' final 1970s Super Bowl team and spent much of the '80s in Cleveland. But Matt Bahr is best remembered for his five-field goal 1990s NFC championship showing; his game-winner ended the 49ers' three-peat bid. Matt, who made Super Bowl XXV's game-winning field goal, kicked until 1995.
Twins Jason and Devin McCourty entered the league at different times and with disparate profiles. Jason was a 2009 sixth-round pick; Devin went in the 2010 first round. While Jason manned a starting cornerback spot with eight playoff-less Titans teams and the 0-16 Browns squad, Devin is 8-for-9 in AFC championship game starts. The two-time Pro Bowl safety's five Super Bowl starts are second-most among defenders. Devin and Jason teamed up as starters in probably the best defensive performance in Super Bowl history, with the Patriots holding the Rams to three points. They're back together on a dominant 2019 Pats defense.
Two of this era's more distinctive personalities, the Bennetts were 2010s mainstays. Despite being two years younger, Martellus Bennett entered the NFL a year before Michael. A 2008 Round 2 pick, the tight end played 10 seasons (with five teams), making one Pro Bowl and scoring 30 touchdowns. Martellus' most memorable year came in 2016, when Rob Gronkowski's injury thrust him into the top tight end role on a Patriots Super Bowl champion team. Despite going undrafted, Michael has been one of this decade's top defensive linemen. The three-time Pro Bowler's Seahawks versatile work helped form dominant defenses, and the 34-year-old's thrived as a Cowboy so far.
Combining for four Pro Bowls, the Davises played different sides of the ball and came from different colleges. They were two of the better players at their respective spots. Vernon's 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the 2006 Scouting Combine is etched in tight end folklore. The elder Davis twice caught 13 TDs in a season and in 2011 produced an all-time playoff performance in a last-second win over the Saints. Vernon won a Super Bowl with the 2015 Broncos and is in his 14th season. Four years Vernon's junior, Vontae retired after eight and one half seasons. He served as a No. 1 cornerback for the Dolphins and Colts and had four four-INT years.
Both Jenkins brothers operated as interior defensive linemen. While Kris earned the accolades (four Pro Bowls, two first-team All-Pro honors), Cullen had a longer career at 13 seasons and was part of the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl champion. Kris Jenkins teamed with Mike Rucker on Carolina's strong early- and mid-2000s defensive lines, helping the Panthers to their first Super Bowl in 2003. Despite suffering two ACL tears, Kris played 10 seasons — the final three with the Jets. Two years younger, Cullen finished with 49 sacks. His career included stops with the Eagles, Giants and Redskins through the 2016 slate.
The Hilgenbergs came into the league in the '80s — shortly after their uncle Wally Hilgenberg completed a 16-year career. The older brother, Jay was the center for the iconic 1985 Bears team and helped Walter Payton thrive well into his 30s. The undrafted free agent made seven straight Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams in a 13-year career. Joel, three years younger, played 10 seasons and made one Pro Bowl. He served as the center for Jim Mora's Saints teams that lifted the franchise to its first playoff berths. The brothers ended their careers on the same 1993 Saints team, with Jay serving as Joel's backup.
These brothers' legacies are a bit unusual. William "The Refrigerator" Perry is far better known because of his rookie season on the 1985 Bears and time spent on future dominant Chicago defenses. But younger sibling Michael Dean has a 6-0 Pro Bowl edge on his brother. The Fridge is partially known for his fullback work, but his four TDs all came as a rookie (the last one in Super Bowl XX). The defensive tackle played 10 seasons with the Bears and Eagles. Michael Dean was a top-tier D-tackle with the Browns from 1988-94; his 51.5 sacks are second in Browns history. He added 9.5 more in Denver from 1995-96.
Like the McCourtys, the Pouncey twins' careers began a year apart. Maurkice left Florida a year early, becoming a 2010 Steelers first-round pick. The Dolphins took Mike in the 2011 first round. The brothers have combined for 11 Pro Bowls and have been two of this decade's top centers, with Maurkice boasting a strong All-Decade case in racking up seven Pro Bowls and helping the Steelers become an offensive juggernaut. Mike Pouncey was stuck on worse Dolphins teams and battled mid-career hip trouble. But he bounced back with a 2018 Pro Bowl season for the 12-4 Chargers.
The list's largest age gap, Larry and David Little are 14 years apart. While Larry enjoyed a Hall of Fame career, David also played 12 seasons — all after his brother had retired. Larry Little aided one of the top rushing attacks in NFL history, the guard helping Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris and Jim Kiick power historic teams. Larry started for both the 1972 perfect Dolphins and their more dominant 1973 repeat champion, doing so after the Chargers cut him. After Larry's 14-year career, David became a nine-year Steelers starting linebacker despite being a seventh-round pick. He made the 1990 Pro Bowl. David died in 2005.
While J.J. Watt raises this trio's profile immensely, T.J. is already one of the game's best edge rushers. Middle brother Derek has been the Chargers' fullback for four years. J.J. is one of the NFL's greatest defenders and one of its most popular players. When healthy, J.J. was this decade's most destructive force. He won three Defensive Player of the Year honors and owns this century's top three tackles-for-loss seasons. The 30-year-old has dealt with injuries in three of the past four years, however. T.J., 25, has stayed healthy so far and with 10.5 sacks in 10 games, he is on his way to a second Pro Bowl.
Darren Sharper's legacy is complicated, the ex-safety having been sentenced to an 18-year prison term in 2016. He was one of the most dynamic DBs of his era. The younger Sharper brother's 13 defensive touchdowns are tied for the most ever. His 376 return yards in 2009, as a member of the Saints' Super Bowl team, are an NFL record. A year older, Jamie was part of arguably the best defense ever. The outside linebacker joined Ray Lewis and Peter Boulware on the 2000 Ravens' defense-powered Super Bowl run. Jamie started 135 games in nine seasons, his best work coming with the Ravens and on the Texans' first three teams.
Two players who could have Hall of Fame cases one day, the Kelces have been among the very best at their jobs for years. Jason blazed paths for LeSean McCoy's 2013 rushing title and has earned first-team All-Pro honors in back-to-back years. He delivered an all-time Super Bowl parade performance as well. The Chiefs' go-to target since he quickly recovered from 2013 microfracture surgery, Travis is arguably the league's top tight end. He's on pace for a fourth straight 1,000-yard season. With Patrick Mahomes set to throw passes to him for years to come, the younger Kelce has major opportunities ahead.
Thirteen years apart, Sam "Bam" and Randall Cunningham authored wildly different NFL stories. The former was a bruising fullback whose 10-year career unfolded before Randall's began. A 1973 first-round pick, Sam was a one-time Pro Bowler whose 5,453 rushing yards are the most in Patriots history. Randall was one of the NFL's star attractions in the 1980s and early '90s, the Eagles quarterback's elusiveness unlike any passer before him. He ran for 942 yards in 1990 — the third of his three Philly Pro Bowl slates. Randall resurfaced after a 1996 sabbatical, becoming an All-Pro while piloting the '98 Vikings' record-setting offense.
The NFL's defining twins, the Barbers were two of the 2000s' best players and have become media mainstays post-retirement. Second- and third-round picks in 1997, Tiki and Ronde each played their entire careers for one team. Tiki did not take off until his late 20s, but his final three seasons — 2004-06 — each included 2,000 scrimmage yards. Only three other backs have done that in three straight years. Tiki retired just before the Giants' '07 Super Bowl season. Ronde kept going for six more seasons, finishing his career with five Pro Bowls and 47 INTs. His pick-six in the 2002 NFC title game sealed the Buccaneers' only Super Bowl trip.
Before Shannon took the baton as the preeminent Sharpe brother in 1995, Sterling was Jerry Rice's top competition for years. The Packers great was a three-time First Team All-Pro and became the first player to catch 100 passes in back-to-back years. Sterling caught 42 TDs in his final three seasons; a 1994 neck injury forced a retirement after just seven seasons. Three years younger than his wideout brother, Shannon was a seventh-round pick who moved to tight end as a pro. The Broncos unleashed him in 1992, and over the next 12 seasons Skip Bayless' better half broke every notable tight end career record en route to the Hall of Fame.
The Matthews brothers combined to play 38 NFL seasons, each suiting up for 19. Bruce had the better career, the Oilers/Titans offensive lineman becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but his older brother was one of the best players in Browns history. Clay's 62 sacks are the most in Browns history despite his career beginning three years before the sack era. The linebacker made four Pro Bowls and anchored Cleveland's four playoff defenses from 1985-89. Bruce played against Clay twice annually from 1981-93, dominating at guard and center. Bruce's 14 Pro Bowls — in his final 14 seasons, spanning Warren Moon's run-and-shoot through Eddie George's prime — match the most in NFL history.
This family produced one of the NFL's greatest players and a two-time Super Bowl MVP. While their on-field shticks were not remotely similar, with Peyton's presnap theatrics and maniacal dedication differing from Eli's even-keel style, the brothers became two of the century's defining players. Peyton's five MVPs and seven First Team All-Pros lead the QB field by two apiece, and his record-smashing 2013 season moved him further into rarefied air. Eli went 0-3 against his brother but beat him to the two-ring club, his transcendent 2007 and '11 postseasons covering for oft-ridiculed regular-season work. Eli may not match Peyton's 18 seasons but will likely join him in the Hall of Fame.
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