Are Derek and T.J. Watt the First Brothers in the NFL to Play on the Same Team?
Fullback Derek Watt is teaming up with his younger brother T.J. in Pittsburgh. Watt’s deal with the Steelers is reportedly worth $9.75 million over 3 years.
Before this year, the three Watt brothers each played on different NFL teams. J.J. Watt is still with the Houston Texans, but maybe he can convince Bill O’Brien to send him to Pittsburgh and reunite the entire family. For now, just Derek and T.J. will be teammates.
There have been many other famous brothers who have suited up in the NFL. Matt and Tim Hasselback, Tiki and Ronde Barber, Chris and Kyle Long, and Peyton and Eli Manning come to mind, but none of those duos played on the same team. So, who are the other pairs of brothers who have teamed up in the NFL?
Matt and Ryan Kalil
The Kalil brothers didn’t just play on the same football team — they played on the same offensive line. In 2017, the Carolina Panthers signed Matt to a $55.5 million contract to play alongside his brother, Ryan.
Ryan, the older brother, is a five-time Pro-Bowl center who played on the Panthers for the first 12 years of his career. He then signed with the New York Jets in 2019.
Matt started all 16 games at left tackle for the Panthers in 2017, but a knee injury ended his 2018 season before it even got started. He was released by Carolina last year and hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since.
Matt and Ryan were brought together in 2017 in hopes they could play for five years on the same offensive line unit. They ended up playing in only six games together.
The McCourty twins
Devin and Jason McCourty are almost indistinguishable if they stand next to each other. The only difference between their appearances is the number they wear for the New England Patriots.
Devin has played for the Patriots for his entire 10-year career. He has reeled in 26 interceptions for the Pats, including five last season. Jason played for the Tennessee Titans for eight years before jumping to the Cleveland Browns in 2017 and then the Patriots in 2018. Both brothers play in the defensive backfield for Bill Belichick.
The twins even have a podcast called Double Coverage. They just announced on the podcast’s YouTube channel that both will be back in New England for the 2020 season.
The Griffin twins
Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin are another pair of twins that happen to play for the same NFL franchise, the Seattle Seahawks. The two look just as alike as the McCourty twins, but one has a distinguishing feature that sets him apart.
Shaquem plays professional football despite not having a left hand. His hand was deformed since berth because of an issue with his mother’s umbilical cord, so he decided to cut it off as a child.
That hasn’t stopped him from succeeding in the NFL, though. Shaquem has recorded 16 tackles as a backup linebacker through his first two years in the league. Shaquill also had a breakout year at cornerback last season and made his first Pro Bowl.
The twins have a book titled “Inseparable.”