PITTSBURGH — Competitors is not an choice for NFL siblings residing collectively.
It is a lifestyle.
The Pittsburgh Steelers brotherly duo, security Terrell Edmunds and operating again Trey Edmunds, wish to cook dinner once in a while. Terrell’s go-to dish is crab legs, corn and crimson potatoes. Trey is understood to organize baked rooster and greens.
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Dad sensed the 2 attempting to outshine one another within the kitchen throughout just a few nightly calls.
“I am going to hear one thing like, ‘Dad, I made one thing identical to you’d,'” mentioned Ferrell Edmunds, himself an NFL tight finish from 1988 to 1994. “Then you definately would possibly hear them travel a bit. That is what makes the boys so aggressive.”
Trey shrugs on the Edmunds manner. “We have all acquired that edge,” he mentioned. “That is simply how we have been introduced up.”
Enchancment on and off the sector is the purpose for the Edmunds brothers, who share a Steelers locker room and an residence whereas desirous about youthful brother Tremaine Edmunds, a linebacker for the Buffalo Payments.
In 2018, Tremaine, 21, and Terrell, 22 turned the primary pair of brothers chosen within the first spherical of the identical NFL draft. Trey, 24, blazed the NFL path for them as a operating again for the New Orleans Saints in 2017. The Steelers signed Trey to the apply squad in September, and he ended up suiting up for 4 video games.
Requested what went into the choice to room with Trey, Terrell pointed to a tattoo of a fist alongside his rib cage. All three brothers have a variation of the identical brotherhood-themed tattoo, which they secured collectively at a parlor in Blacksburg, Virginia, whereas enjoying at Virginia Tech.
“We’ve at all times been like a fist — we’ve stayed collectively, tight as a fist,” Terrell mentioned. “Over time, it’s gotten stronger. We have been going to remain collectively regardless.”
These fingers do not loosen fairly often, and that goes for your entire household. Out of 32 mixed Steelers and Payments video games final season, mother and father Ferrell and Cookie estimate they attended 29 of them collectively or individually.
Trey, left, and Terrell Edmunds are benefiting from enjoying collectively for the Steelers. Courtesy of Edmunds household
Cookie was relieved when Trey and Terrell might stay collectively and share experiences. They usually carpool to the Steelers’ facility, the place they steadily keep late and seize dinner from the cafeteria.
“They will determine the best way one could also be feeling,” Cookie mentioned. “In the event that they want house on their very own, they respect that.”
Terrell savors the familiarity. The siblings frequent numerous Pittsburgh steakhouses collectively, usually with different teammates. They will hit the city for nightlife once in a while, however they usually maintain issues low-key.
The brothers worth Trey’s journey as a former four-star recruit slowed by accidents at Virginia Tech. He transferred to Maryland, his father’s alma mater, for his remaining season and went undrafted. Regardless of a tough soccer journey, Trey has impressed within the Steelers’ offseason exercises and will crack the rotation.
The household believes Trey’s story is a wholesome reminder to the opposite boys to maximise each rep and that “nothing is assured,” as Cookie put it.
“It’s at all times good to have any individual in my nook always,” Terrell mentioned of his brother. “We attempt to not get comfy or let something get to our heads. At any day it may be over. You’ll be able to’t go on the market and be bigheaded, like, ‘Oh, this occurred, I’m good.’ As a result of issues can occur at any day and actual life begins up.”
In the meantime, Trey appreciates his brother’s consistency. On the sector, Terrell performed 967 snaps as a rookie, second most on the protection, behind security Sean Davis.
What Trey sees from his brother day-after-day is “the whole lot I have been seeing for all these years. He is the identical man, similar persona.”
Meaning high-wattage smiles and fixed optimistic vibes. And Trey, Ferrell says, has the flexibility to raise up any spirit with one dialog.
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Most nights flip somewhat severe, because of dad. Ferrell mentioned he often speaks along with his boys each evening through telephone round 6:30 to 7 to debate one purpose: Get somewhat bit higher day-after-day. The boys pay attention intently to the person who taught them each soccer nuance.
“I inform them day-after-day is a brand new problem, so you have to get by the ups and downs,” Ferrell mentioned. “Being unbiased, day-after-day is a grind to get higher, and the one approach to get higher is to determine a weak point and enhance it. You don’t need to wing it. You need to be ready.
“Soccer is a tough journey, and it’s one it’s a must to take pleasure in. Benefit from the connections you make, the individuals you meet. However it’s a must to deal with your enterprise on the sector and within the movie room.”
Messages from dad are good, however the brothers already problem one another as younger professionals aiming for greatness.
Extra milestones would possibly imply extra tattoo tributes.
“On the finish of the day, it’s simply us,” Terrell mentioned. “You could have individuals who would possibly say some unfavourable issues, however that’s going to be my brother day-after-day, ’til the tip.”