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While the accomplishments of Peyton and Eli Manning, Super Bowl winners who met for the second time on an NFL field, on Sunday night in Indianapolis, are admirable, that duo does not constitute the greatest brother act in the history of the NFL. The amazingly durable Matthews brothers take that honor. In addition to the Mannings, here are the five other most notable NFL brother acts.
CLAY MATTHEWS, LB, 1978--96
BRUCE MATTHEWS, OL, 1983--2001
Between them the Matthews brothers played 574 NFL games over 38 seasons, had 18 Pro Bowl selections and one Hall of Fame induction (Bruce, in 2007). Both are among the top three in games played at their positions. And the football gene is passed to the next generation: Clay Matthews Jr. is a Green Bay linebacker who leads the NFL with six sacks in just two games this year, and his brother Casey is a starting senior linebacker at Oregon.
STERLING SHARPE, WR, 1988--94
SHANNON SHARPE, TE, 1990--2003
Shannon's 815 catches were the most in history by a tight end until Tony Gonzalez surpassed the mark in 2007, and Sterling might have approached 1,000 receptions (he had 595) playing with Brett Favre in Green Bay if a neck injury hadn't forced him to retire at 29. Both Sharpes were power players and trendsetters at their positions.
ROSS BROWNER, DL, 1978--87
JIM BROWNER, DB, 1979--80
JOEY BROWNER, DB, 1983--92