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The NFL is a family game for players, coaches and fans. Not only can they all share the experience, but brothers also can share the field and sidelines.
This was never more evident than in Super Bowl LVII, when Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE and Philadelphia center JASON KELCE became the first pair of brothers to face each other in the Super Bowl. The two siblings have combined for 14 Pro Bowls in their career and the pair meeting each other in the sport's biggest game marked the pinnacle of their football journey.
"To see my family be in all its glory, get all the flowers, my mom be the center of attention on the jumbotron before the game on the biggest stage, being able to get closer to my brother throughout the season, then meet him at the mountaintop," Travis said after the Chiefs' victory, "it's the best feeling in the world."
The Kelce's are not the only pair of brothers across the NFL, as the league features several sets of siblings currently on rosters. San Francisco defensive lineman NICK BOSA earned AP Defensive Player of the Year honors last season, while his older brother, Los Angeles Chargers linebacker JOEY BOSA, is a four-time Pro Bowler.
The Bosa brothers have combined for 103.5 sacks in their careers, the fourth-most combined sacks among pair of brothers where each brother has at least one sack since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Pittsburgh's T.J. WATT and his recently retired brother, J.J. WATT, at 192 combined sacks, have the most combined sacks among brothers since 1982.
Five pairs of brothers enter the 2023 season as teammates.
Linebacker CHRISTIAN ELLISS and defensive tackle NOAH ELLISS each are members of the Eagles, the Steelers feature two pair of brothers - guard NATE HERBIG and linebacker NICK HERBIG and defensive tackle CAMERON HEYWARD and tight end/fullback CONNOR HEYWARD, linebacker JULIAN OKWARA and defensive lineman ROMEO OKWARA are both members of the Lions, and linebacker QUINCY WILLIAMS and defensive tackle QUINNEN WILLIAMS are each vital members of the Jets defense. In 2021, Quincy and Quinnen became the first pair of brothers to each record a sack in the same game from the same team.
Christian, Noah and KADEN ELLISS along with NEPHI, NOAH and PENEI SEWELL are the only families each with three brothers in the NFL this season.
Buffalo wide receiver STEFON DIGGS and Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS are each among the top players in the league at their respective positions. For the first time in their NFL careers, the brothers have an opportunity to be on the same field and potentially go head-to-head, as the Bills host the Cowboys in Week 15.
The 2023 NFL Draft saw a continuation of several NFL family legacies, including the below:
WR JOSH DOWNS (No. 79 overall, Indianapolis): Father, Gary, was selected in the third round (No. 95 overall) by the New York Giants in the 1994 NFL Draft; Uncle, Dre' Bly, was selected in the second round (No. 41 overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 1999 NFL Draft and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl Champion.
Arizona T PARIS JOHNSON JR. (No. 6 overall, Arizona): Father, Paris Johnson Sr., was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round (No. 155 overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.
LB B.J. OJULARI (No. 41 overall, Arizona): Brother, Azeez, was selected in the second round (No. 50 overall) by the New York Giants in the 2021 NFL Draft.
DB JOEY PORTER JR. (No. 32 overall, Pittsburgh): Father, Joey Porter Sr., was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (No. 73) of the 1999 NFL Draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Super Bowl champion and member of the NFL's All- Decade Team of the 2000's.
WR CEDRIC TILLMAN (No. 74 overall, Cleveland): Father, Cedric, was selected in the 11th round (No. 305 overall) by Denver in the 1992 NFL Draft.
NFL 2023 - NFL Football is Family this Season