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NFL fans are familiar with the San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa and the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Joey Bosa. Apparently, the two brothers have a family connection outside of sports that may just surprise people. Let’s look at the connection between the Bosa brothers and the mob. 

Joey Bosa’s NFL career

NFL fans recognize Joey from his role on the Chargers, which he’s held since LA chose him with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 2020, the defensive end signed a contract extension to keep him with the Chargers for five years, details ESPN. At the time, the $135 million deal marked the largest contract ever given by the team. 

Though a Florida native, when it came time to begin his college football career, Joey landed at Ohio State in 2013. His decision may have been based on the fact that his uncle also once played for the Buckeyes.

Athletic blood runs in the Bosa family. After all, Joey’s father is best known for his time playing for the Miami Dolphins from 1987-90. With so much talent in the family, it only makes sense that Joey’s little brother followed in his footsteps. 

Nick Bosa’s NFL journey

Nick quickly picked up the family tradition and began impressing his fans while playing for Ohio State from 2016-18. It is no surprise he was named an ESPN Freshman All-American. During the 2019 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers chose him with the No. 2 overall pick.

Nick seems to have a “go big or go home” mentality. That is probably how he secured the 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year title. His dedication and love for football are evident on and off the field.

In early 2022, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option for Nick regarding his rookie contract. The defensive end proved his worth in the 2022-23 season, leading the league in sacks (18.5) and earning Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

Nick and Joey Bosa have a strange tie to the mob and Al Capone 

Nick and Joey are no strangers when it comes to being featured in news stories and headlines. Both athletes have successful NFL careers. However, not too long ago, Joey spoke out about another famous connection within the well-known family.

Nick and Joey Bosa have one uncle who was a football player. They also have a family member with quite a different occupation. Tony Accardo, the brothers’ great-grandfather, is closely connected to the Chicago mob. According to SB Nation, Accardo was Al Capone’s bodyguard. “Scarface” was one of the most iconic mob bosses of his time.

As legend has it, details, Capone nicknamed Accardo “Joey Batters” after Accardo supposedly used a baseball bat to murder three mobsters who betrayed them. Though Joey never had the opportunity to meet Accardo, he wishes things were different. In an interview, Joey explained, “I’ve only heard amazing things about him.”

The NFL star elaborated on how he wishes they could have spent time together before he died. Despite the stories and rumors surrounding Accardo, he never faced jail time. It seems like the Bosa family has since cut their ties with all mob associates, but it definitely still makes for an interesting story.