Which set of brothers is the most dominant in football?
Brothers playing in the NFL can bring sibling rivalry to a new level. It’s always a rare treat when two brothers face off against each other on the gridiron. But how do these groups of siblings stack up? This list takes a look at combined performance of brothers in the NFL to determine which family name reigns supreme in football.
Rankings were determined based on combined playoff experience, personal accolades, and overall value to the respective player’s team. Retired, inactive, and rookie players were excluded (brother duos such as Peyton and Eli Manning, Martellus and Michael Bennett, Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, and the pack of Gronkowskis are left out).
5. The McCourtys
Devin McCourty (FS, New England Patriots)
Devin McCourty has won two Super Bowls, been selected to two Pro Bowls, and earned three second-team All-Pro honors. The veteran DB has started 123 games for New England (not including several postseason appearances) and is as consistent as they come.
Jason McCourty (CB, New England Patriots)
Jason McCourty hasn’t had as much success as his brother on the field but is an explosive athlete who has gained a lot of valuable experience in the league over the past nine years with Tennessee and Cleveland. It will be exciting to watch this duo play in the same defensive backfield (Devin as free safety and Jason as corner) with New England in 2018.
4. The Kalils
Matt Kalil (OT, Carolina Panthers)
After five years at left tackle for Minnesota, Matt Kalil came to provide support to Carolina’s offensive line last season to protect quarterback Cam Newton. He joins his brother Ryan, one of the Panthers’ most respected veterans.
Ryan Kalil (C, Carolina Panthers)
At 6‘2”, Ryan Kalil is five inches shorter than his younger brother (ouch), but still big enough to last in the league all of these years - with the same team. The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler has started 129 games for Carolina over 11 productive seasons.
3. The Kelces
Jason Kelce (C, Philadelphia Eagles)
Eagles Center Jason Kelce is coming off of a Super Bowl championship and might be the best center in the league. The seven-year veteran (all with Philadelphia) has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He also made the All-Pro team last season.
Travis Kelce (TE, Kansas City Chiefs)Jason’s younger brother Travis has made the All-Pro team once and the Pro Bowl three times. He has also made the All-Pro second team once. The former third round pick out of Cincinnati has made a name for himself as a franchise tight end for Kansas City and has stepped up as one of the most important players in head coach Andy Reid‘s offense over the past few seasons.
2. The Pounceys
Maurkice Pouncey (C, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Our second pair of brothers on the offensive line begins with Maurkice Pouncey, who has had eight successful seasons with the Steelers, including two All-Pro seasons and seven playoff games.
Mike Pouncey (C, Los Angeles Chargers)
Mike Pouncey‘s career with Miami has nearly matched his twin brother’s career in Pittsburgh. Mike has been a key player on the Dolphins’ offensive line for seven seasons and has made the Pro Bowl three times. He will be playing for the L.A. Chargers this season, protecting Phillip Rivers and power blocking for Melvin Gordon.
1. The Watts
J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans)
The Watt brothers are as fine a group of NFL specimen as they come. The leader of the trio is, of course, J.J. The four-time All-Pro and three-time Defensive Player of the Year has changed the game. He can play any position on the defensive line and has caught touchdown passes as a tight end.
T.J. Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers)
After being taken 15th overall in the Draft, T.J. Watt stepped up in a big way as outside linebacker for the Steelers in his rookie season. Watt netted 54 tackles and made the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2017, emerging as the apparent successor to James Harrison.
Derek Watt (FB, Los Angeles Chargers)Derek Watt is the only offensive player of the trio. The sixth-round pick came into the league with a lot of ground to make up, but he has established himself over the past two seasons as a solid, true fullback, which is a rare find in today’s league.
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