Brothers That Dominated The NFL

NFL | February 14, 2021

Sibling rivalry is something that happens in nearly every household on the planet. Competing over everything to see who is better and the same can go for brothers playing elite professional sport.

There have been some very famous brothers that have dominated the NFL since its inception and they are often both Hall of Fame-calibre players, so without any further ado, we have a look at brothers that have taken the NFL by storm.

J.J & T.J Watt

You will be hard-pressed to find a better defensive duo in the game. J.J and T.J are an incredible combination.

With J.J being the older of the two, he has the better career numbers but T.J is hot on his heels. At one stage, J.J was the best player in the NFL, not the best defensive player, but the best player. In his 128 games, J.J has amassed 101 sacks and he has 20.5 sacks twice in a season, as well as a 17.5 sack season for good measure.

T.J is quickly making a name for himself as one of the premium defensive linemen in the game, following in this brothers’ footsteps. T.J over the last three seasons has finished with 13, 14.5, and 15 sacks in a season and he led the entire NFL in sacks in 2020.

Already T.J has 49.5 sacks in just 62 games, so he is on track to chase down his big brothers’ stats. Either brother is an absolute terror to face for offensive co-ordinators.

Sterling and Shannon Sharpe

The brothers played different positions with Sterling a wide receiver and Shannon a tight end. Sterling played seven years before injury halted his career and he was a five-time Pro Bowler as he had five 1000 yard receiving seasons and had double-digit touchdowns four times in a season.

In all Sterling played 112 NFL games and finished with 65 touchdowns and had a catch percentage of 61.6%. Then there is his little brother Shannon, a three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame tight end.

Shannon was the first-ever tight end to amass over 10,000 receiving yards as he played 204 games with 64 touchdown receptions and had three 1,000 yard receiving seasons with the Denver Broncos. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler in his 12 seasons and in 2011 was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. If you are looking for brothers who dominated the NFL, it is hard to go past these two.

Peyton and Eli Manning

Both quarterbacks, both won Super Bowls, and with Peyton in line to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next year, Eli could potentially follow in the years to come. The pair have a combined 18 Pro Bowls and four Super Bowl Championships.

Peyton played 266 games and finished with 539 touchdowns, 71,940 passing yards, and had a 65% completion percentage. In 2013, he threw for 5,477 yards and a still NFL record 55 touchdowns for the season.

Eli is a little less accomplished than his older brother but still has had a decent enough career and he is perhaps most known for beating Tom Brady’s undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. Eli has two Super Bowls to his name, both wins were over Tom Brady and he finished his career with 366 touchdowns, 57,023 yards, and had a completion percentage of 60.3.

When it comes to the Manning brothers, they are perhaps one of the most well-known names in NFL history.

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