Family relations in professional sports are unique, but not unusual. The road to coming to be a professional athlete is a lengthy and arduous one. Becoming a top athlete takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice from everyone involved. However, only 2% of all student-athletes become professional athletes. So when a part of the family earns that title, it feels like all the hard work has paid off. But there have been a few rare instances where multiple families have gone on to great success.
If you take a glimpse at the NFL, there are many examples of siblings playing at the same time. But when one thinks of one of the greatest sibling duos of all time, he can’t help but think of Peyton and Eli Manning. Both brothers were drafted first overall in their respective drafts and are two-time Super Bowl champions each. Both brothers will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Despite a lot of pressure to have the Manning surname, they somehow pushed the size of the name even further.
Some of the brother duos who have been most active in the NFL include:
- The Bosa Brothers – Joey and Nick Bosa
These two, Joey—who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers—and Nick—who plays for the San Francisco 49ers—were game changers as soon as they entered the league. Both are in the top 10 in the league when it comes to edge rushers. Impressive given the quality of quarterbacks in each division. These guys are amazing at what they do
- The Watt Brothers – J.J. And T.J. Watt
Watt’s oldest brother ( J.J., who plays for the Arizona Cardinals) has been a great player for a long time. We’re used to him ruining games from the edge, and while injuries have hindered him a bit in recent years, he’s making up for it with his experience, effective everywhere you place him, but not every play. The youngest Watt (T.J., who plays for the Pittsburg Steelers) relentlessly pursues quarterbacks, maxing out his chances and finishing with a league-best 6.1% Pass-Rush snap in 2021, according to Next Gen Stats.
- The Kelce Brothers – Jason and Travis Kelce
Getting into the NFL is hard enough, let alone playing at the highest level at each position for 10 years. That’s virtually what both Jason (who plays for Philadelphia Eagles) and Travis (who plays for Kansas City Chiefs) have accomplished. Among both of them, they’ve had Pro Bowl nominations and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. These were extraordinary achievements and still add to her legacy.
The Kelces bring a great element to football with their competitive yet fun-loving personality. Jason is the quintessential NFL center of his. He keeps his head down and leads the game at a high level. He is a very athletic anchor who uses his excellent footwork to his advantage and is rarely bullied by defenders. As for Travis, it goes without saying that he is one of the best, if not the best, tight ends in the game right now. What stands out the most is that despite his 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound build, he still performs the stretches. He can lift people with his power, but he has the stagger to move sideways and can see the field better than anyone else.
Top Brother Duos
Here are the top five best brother duos in NFL:
- The Manning Brothers
Peyton Manning, who plays for the Broncos, and Eli Manning, who plays for the Giants. Both of Archie’s boys were the No. 1 picks in his NFL Draft, and combined they have three Super Bowls (Eli: 2, Peyton: 1) and four League MVPs (all by Peyton).
- The Harbaugh Brothers
Jim Harbaugh, who coaches for the 49ers, and John Harbaugh, who coaches for the Ravens. Jack’s sons train with each other in Super Bowl XLVII and have an impressive regular season record of 90-43 combined.
- The Ryan Brothers
Rex Ryan, who coaches for the Jets, and Rob Ryan, who is with the Saints. Buddy’s raucous twin follows in the footsteps of their old man as they are one of the best defenders in the game today.
- The Pouncey Brothers
Maurkis, who plays for the Steelers, leads the AFC in the middle of the Pro Bowl voting. Mike, who plays for the Dolphins, is doing well as a rookie.
- The McCourty Brothers
Jason McCourty, who plays for the Titans, and Devin McCourty, who plays for the Patriots. The McCourty brothers, another twin pair, are Hawking’s defenders in the game today. Devin McCourty of the Patriots made it to the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and Jason of the Titans quietly performed well in pick value in his sixth round.