Tom Brady Has Been in the NFL So Long that He Played Against Former Browns Safety Devin Bush Sr. 20 Years Ago and is Playing Against His Son, Steelers Linebacker Devin Bush Jr., Today

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Quick-hit thoughts and notes on the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. A career that crosses generations: Tom Brady‘s remarkable longevity will be highlighted in a unique way Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) — for the first time in his 20-year career, he can now say he has played a regular-season game against a father and his son.

In 2001, Brady’s first year as a starter, the Patriots beat the Browns 27-16 in a December game that Devin Bush Sr. started at safety for Cleveland.

Now, Brady is preparing to face the Steelers and their impressive first-round pick, linebacker Devin Bush Jr.

Brady was unaware of the father-son football connection when it was mentioned to him this week, but it hasn’t been lost on the Bush family.

“It really hits you when you think about both of us living our dream of playing in the NFL, and to be playing against the same opponent, how many times does that happen?” said Bush Sr., who was drafted at No. 26 by the Falcons in 1996.

Bush, who won a Super Bowl with the Rams in the 1999 season, also laughed when asked what it says about Brady himself.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Mike Reiss