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The Colquitts: In The Mannings and Matthews Footsteps?

Britton and Dustin Colquitt

In the National Football League there have been since its inception families of football players. The most famous were the six Nesser brothers, who were part of the long-defunct Columbus Panhandles in 1920. In 1921 Ted Nesser played with his son Charley for the Panhandles, making the only time in NFL history that a father-son combination were active in the same season. The first time that there were three generations of NFL players was in 1995, when Jim Pyne joined his grandfather George II (1931) and his father George III (1965) as pro football players. But by far, the most famous three generations family are the Matthews': Clay Sr. (1950-1955 49ers), his sons Clay Jr. (1978-1996 Browns, Falcons) and Hall of Famer Bruce (1983-2001 Oilers/Titans) and their sons: Clay III (2009-? Packers) and Casey (2011-? Eagles) from Clay, Jr.; and Kevin (2010-? Titans, Panthers) and Jake (2014-? Falcons) from Bruce. Of course, Clay Matthews III is the only member fronm the family who has won a Super Bowl title. The other well-known active family are the Mannings': with Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning following the footsteps of their father Archie in the NFL.

But there is a lesser known pair of active brothers that, unlike the Matthews and Mannings, their father won a Super Bowl: The Colquitts. Craig Colquitt was the Pittsburgh Steelers punter from 1978-1984 and was part of their Championship teams in Super Bowls XIII and XIV. Craig's brother Jimmy played in 1985 for the Seattle Seahawks. Craig's two sons Dustin (Kansas City Chiefs) and Britton (Denver Broncos) are their teams punters. It's interesting that all four family members were punters and attended the University of Tennessee. Dustin Colquitt has played for the Chiefs since 2005 and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. Britton Colquitt has played for the Broncos since 2009 and was a part of last season team who played in the Super Bowl. Both brothers are in top 11 all-time in punting average, and their teams are playoff contenders. Even more, as AFC West Division rivals they are in second place (after Clay Jr. and Bruce Matthews) for the most face-to-face games as brothers in NFL history with 11 games (the Matthews had 21 matchups). It's soon to tell if the Colquitts will break that record, but both of them are at the top at their position and maybe they will get more recognized in the near future.






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