Sibling Rivalry? 10 Sets of Brothers in the NFL


Football has torn more than one family apart—at least during Thanksgiving at certain houses. But the sport also brings us together. In the case of these players, football is something of a family business.

brothers in the NFL

Ronde and Tiki Barber

The Barbers (pictured above) know a little something about loyalty. Ronde spent his whole career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—all 16 years of it. Meanwhile, his twin brother, Tiki, played for the New York Giants for 10 years.

Marcus, Isaiah, and Desmond Trufant

Like the Gronkowskis, the Trufant family produced 3 NFL players. The oldest, Marcus, played for the Seahawks, while Isaiah played for the Jets and Browns. Desmond was the first-round pick in 2013 and went to the Falcons.

Michael and Martellus Bennett

Michael Bennett played for the Seahawks from 2013 to 2017 before moving over to the Eagles. But his baby bro, Martellus, has bounced around from the Cowboys, Bears, Giants, Packers, and Patriots. Phew!

Sam and Randall Cunningham

Let’s go a little farther back to talk about the Cunninghams. Sam played with the Pats from 1973-1982. His much younger brother followed in his footsteps 2 years after Sam’s retirement. Randall played for several teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, from 1985 to 2001.

Derek and David Carr

The Oakland Raiders drafted Derek in the second round in 2014. By then, his older brother, David, had been with 5 different teams. He was the number one overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Derek played for the Texans, Panthers, the 49ers, and Giants.

Vernon and Vontae Davis

The 6th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Vernon was with the 49ers until 2015 before departing to join the Redskins. Although he was much lower in the draft pick his year (25th overall in 2009), Vontae has enjoyed a long career with the Dolphins, Colts, and most recently the Buffalo Bills.

Champ and Boss Bailey

The Bailey brothers both played for the Denver Broncos in 2008. Before that, Boss played for the Detroit Lions for 4 seasons, while Champ stuck it out with the Broncos from 2004 to 2013.

Peyton and Eli Manning

You may have heard of these guys. Peyton had an incredible 18-year run with the NFL. He was the first pick in the 1998 Draft and played for the Colts and finally the Broncos. Eli was also the number one pick in his year (2004) and has stuck with the Giants.

Brent and Garrett Celek

Garrett went undrafted but was picked up by the 49ers in 2012, where he has stayed on ever since. His older brother, Brent, has stuck with the Eagles since 2007.

The Gronkowski Clan

Not 2 but 3 Gronkowski brothers have played for the NFL! Dan was with the Lions, Broncos, Patriots, and Browns during his 4 seasons, while Chris played for the Cowboys, Colts, and Broncos before retiring in 2013. And good ol’ Rob, of course, has been with the Patriots since 2010.