Griffin brothers become latest in line of NFL twin bills

Shaquem, left, and Shaquill Griffin during their playing days together at UCF. (Orlando Sentinel)
Shaquem, left, and Shaquill Griffin during their playing days together at UCF. (Orlando Sentinel)
Published April 28 2018

As most of the civilized world has discovered by now, the uplifting tale of Shaquem Griffin, drafted Saturday by the Seahawks in the fifth round, is groundbreaking from a physical standpoint.

Just not a familial one.

Griffin, one significant step closer to becoming the first NFL player with one hand, joins twin brother Shaquill (a Seahawks cornerback) at the game's highest level. Such a twin bill, however, hardly is unique in itself. Quite the contrary.

No fewer than seven other sets of twins have coached or competed in the NFL. Here are the ones we dug up.

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Ronde and Tiki Barber
Arguably the best-known twin tandem to suit up in the league. Ronde, of course, is the Bucs' all-time interceptions leader destined for the Ring of Honor. Tiki ran for more than 10,000 yards with the Giants.

Brian and Brandon Dixon
Brian, an undrafted free agent cornerback out of Northwest Missouri State, spent parts of three seasons with the Saints and Cardinals. Brandon, who went to college with his brother, has had a vagabond career including a one-season stint (and interception) for the Bucs in 2014. He remains on the Giants roster.

Devin and Jason McCourty
Devin, of course, is a Pro Bowl defensive back for the Patriots with two Super Bowl rings. Jason, also currently a Patriots corner, previously spent eight years with the Titans and one with the Browns, and has 16 career picks.

Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie
Reggie, currently the Oakland Raiders GM, was a linebacker for three different NFL clubs. Raleigh was an interior offensive lineman for four teams, winning a pair of Super Bowls with the Redskins.

Mike and Maurkice Pouncey
These former stalwarts on Florida's 2008 national title team have nine Pro Bowls between them. Maurkice has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Steelers, who drafted him with the 18th overall pick in 2010. Mike, a Dolphins first-round pick in 2011, was released by Miami in March and signed with the Chargers.

Rex and Rob Ryan
These twins never have left the sidelines. Rex totaled eight seasons as a head coach with the Jets and Bills, and currently is an ESPN analyst. Rob, the shaggier one, most recently ran his brother's defense in Buffalo and previously earned two Super Bowl rings as Patriots linebackers coach.

Rich and Ron Saul
Rich, who passed away in 2012, was a six-time Pro Bowl center for the Rams in the 1970s and early '80s. Ron spent parts of 12 seasons in the NFL with the Oilers and Redskins

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