Growing up in Dan River, Virginia, the Edmunds brothers, separated by just 3½ years, made everything a competition.
Pickup football, basketball and soccer games. Family room wrestling matches. Who could get to the dinner table the fastest.
“Man, it got real competitive, I mean real,’’ Tremaine Edmunds said. “You can ask my brothers. There were times when you’d go like ‘I’m not playing today because I know how it’s going to go.’ But that’s how we are. When we get out there, the only thing on our minds is winning, especially in basketball, you couldn’t even get through the game. But I think that’s what made us the players we are today, because we pushed each other to be the best.’’
On Sunday night at Heinz Field, Trey, Terrell and Tremaine Edmunds will make modern-era NFL history when they take the field, Trey and Terrell for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tremaine for the Buffalo Bills.
Trey, 24, plays fullback and special teams for the Steelers while Terrell, 23, is a starting safety. Tremaine, 21, anchors the Bills’ defense at starting middle linebacker.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time three brothers appeared in the same NFL game was 1927 when Joe, Cobb and Bill Rooney suited up for the Duluth Eskimos.
Founded as the Duluth Kelleys after a hardware store, the Eskimos were the first NFL team to feature a logo (an igloo) and were led by star player/coach Ernie Nevers, an original member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Like the Edmunds boys, the Rooney brothers were also from Virginia – Virginia, Minnesota.
“Man, that’s amazing, just to be part of that history, it speaks for itself and we’re very blessed for the opportunity,’’ Tremaine Edmunds said. “There’s really no other way you could really want it. It’s a dream come true for all of us and this will be a moment we cherish and will always remember.’’
Making history isn’t anything new for Tremaine and Terrell.
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SOURCE: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Leo Roth