Playing NFL is a dream for most college footballers. While many footballers struggle to get picked by an NFL team, some players from the same family get a chance to play in the tournament due to their skills. Since the starting of the NFL in 1920, more than 26,000 players have appeared in at least one NFL game, and some of them were from the same family. But which family did great in the NFL? Well, we have explored the history and the NFL family trees to find out the greatest siblings in NFL.
#10. Maurkice and Mike Pouncey
Twin brothers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey started their careers a year apart. Both of them were accepted at the University of Florida and played for Florida Gators football. However, Maurkice left Florida a year early to join the Steelers in 2010 as the first-round pick. On the other hand, Mike joined the Miami Dolphins in 2011. The brothers have 11 Pro Bowls combined, and both are considered this decade’s top centers.
However, Mike Pouncey played with the worst Dolphins team from 2011 to 2017, and he could not show his actual charm there. But he was quite consistent with the two-season Los Angeles Chargers. Mike played with only the Steelers throughout his career.
#9. Chris and Kyle Long
Former NFL star and one of the hottest NFL players of all time, Howie Long became an idol for his two sons as they followed in their father’s footsteps. Chris was the No. 2 pick of the 2008 NFL draft and won the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year, due to his contribution to football. Chris finished his career by winning back-to-back Super Bowls.
On the other hand, younger brother Kyle’s career got a boost after he was selected for the Pro Bowl for three consecutive years at the beginning of his NFL life. Unfortunately, he drifted off due to injury in the last three seasons. He recently joined the Kansas City Chiefs and is waiting for the 2021-22 season to start.
#8. Sam and Randall Cunningham
With the age difference of 13, both Sam and Randall Cunningham vastly wrote different NFL stories. Sam was a bruising fullback who played for 10 years and retired before his brother joined the NFL. He was the first found pic for the Patriots in 1973. This New England Patriots Hall of Famer completed 5,453 rushing yards and appeared in a single Pro Bowl.
Randall played for three different teams, but he achieved most of his success with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1985-1995. Eagles’ then the quarterback ran for 29,979 with an 81.5 passer rating. He earned many awards during his 15 years of NFL career, and winning the Bert Bell Award three times is significant. Besides, he appeared in four Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
#7. Ronde and Tiki Barber
Ronde and Tiki were 2000’s best players, and they are twins too. However, Ronde was one of the most outstanding cornerbacks during his days in the NFL. At the end of his career, he has seen the right defensive touchdown and five Pro Bowl appearances. On the other hand, his brother Tiki Barber is great at running with the bowl and catching passes.
Tiki played his entire career for the Giants, where he amassed 15,632 total yards. He retired just before the Giants won the Superbowl in 2007. However, Ronde devoted his time to the Buccaneers and ended up winning one Superbowl in 2003.
#6. Michael Bennett and Martellus Bennett
If you want to talk about the most entertaining footballers in the league, Bennett will surely be added to the list without any doubt. Michael helped the Seahawks to win their only Super Bowl in 2014. Apart from this achievement, he played three Pro Bowl and became Pro Bowl MVP once. On the other hand, the younger brother, Martellus, finished his career in 2017 with 30 touchdown receptions. He has one Super Bowl in his bucket with the Patriots.
However, they were the most distinctive personalities in the NFL. Both of them passed their golden days in the 2010s. Although Martellus was two years younger than the elder brother Michael, he started his football career a year before the older brother. Nevertheless, both of them shined in the NFL for more than nine years. Michael was considered one of the top defensive linemen of the last decade.
#5. Sterling and Shannon Sharpe
Sharpe brothers dominated the NFL industry in the 1990s. However, Sterling Sharpe had a very short career from 1988-1994 due to his usual neck injury. But he was phenomenal during those days. Sterling started his career with the Packers as a first-round, seventh overall draft pick. However, with his unstoppable playing skill, Sterling appeared in five pro bowls and became three times NFL reception leader in 1989, 92, and 93. Further, this wide receiver was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.
On the other hand, Shannon Sharpe completed an eventful career for 13 years from 1990-2003. He played for the Denver Broncos most of his career except one season. He won three Super Bowls and achieved eight pro bowl appearances. However, he played in the tight end position and had 815 receptions in 10,060 receiving yards. He also scored 62 touchdowns. Shannon was one of the valuable players of the Broncos and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
#4. J. J. Watt, Derek Watt, and T.J. Watt
The Watt family has contributed to the NFL a lot. J.J. Watt is the eldest one who has already enlisted himself as the greatest defensive player in the NFL. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three-time and has 92 career sacks.
Derek Watt is the middle one in the family, who has played with the Chargers and recently joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a fullback position. He started his career in 2016 and yet to achieve any significant moments. So far, Derek has 10 receptions with 152 receiving yards.
On the other hand, the younger brother T.J. Watt is already a significant force for the Steelers defense, and he is one of the best edge rushers in recent days. With his prodigious skill, T.J. already appeared in three Pro Bowls. At the age of 26, he has 49.5 sacks with 25 Pass deflections.
#3. Clay and Bruce Matthews
Bruce and Clay Matthews played a total of 38 NFL seasons, and each of them appeared in 19 seasons. However, Bruce had a stunning career and became the first-ballot Hall of Famer. But his older brother Clay did not fall behind; he is considered as one of the top players in the history of the Cleveland Browns, where he played from 1978 to 1993. Moreover, in the Browns history, Clay’s 62 sacks are sitting on the top of the list. He appeared in four Pro Bowls and secured four playoff defenses for Cleveland from 1985 to 1989.
On the other hand, out of his 19 seasons, Bruce was phenomenal in his last 14 seasons and appeared in 14 Pro Bowls. However, he played against his brother twice from 1981 to 1993 and dominated as a guard and center position. No one can deny the fact that Matthews family is born to play football as six footballers from their family have played or currently playing in the NFL.
#2. Jason and Travis Kelce
Travis Kelce is one of the top tight ends in the NFL. Since he got drafted in 2013, he has been a consistent gem for the Kansas City Chiefs. The 31-year-old has more than 80 receptions consecutively each of the last three seasons. Besides, he also scored a career-high 103 for 1,336 yards and completed 10 touchdowns.
However, his big brother Jason Kelce has been playing for the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line since 2011. Jason mainly led the Eagles to win their first-ever Super Bowl in 2017. Nevertheless, he achieved the all-time Super Bowl performance too. With his outstanding performance, Jason is considered the NFL’s most dependable center. Travis is 31-year-old, and Jason is 33; hence, they have major opportunities ahead.
#1. Eli and Peyton Manning
The Manning family produced one of the best NFL players in history who won the Super Bowl Two times. However, both Eli and Peyton were the No. 1 picks. Peyton Manning was selected for the Pro Bowl 14 times before he retired in 2015, while Eli was named for five times.
Although their on-field playing style was not similar, Peyton was specialized with presnap theatrics, and Eli was known for even-knee style. However, the brother became this century’s defining player. Peyton had seven First-Team All-Pros lead the QB field by two apiece and five MVPs, and his record-breaking 2013 season moved him to the top level. On the other hand, Eli may not have a stunning career like his brother but, he won the Super Bowl MVP two times along with two Super Bowls. Peyton Manning was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2021, and apparently, Eli is likely to be inducted in the future.
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