It took 92 years, but Devin and Jason McCourty on cusp of rare football feat

From ESPN - March 18, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. What is Gene and Tom Golsen, with the 1926 Louisville Colonels?

If you guessed the answer for that question is about the last and only time the Pro Football Hall of Fame has record of twin brothers playing regular-season games on the same professional football team, take a bow. It also means Patriots defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty have a chance to do something in 2018 that has not been done in 92 years.

Thats one of the fun storylines as a result of the Patriots' acquiring cornerback Jason McCourty -- who is expected to compete for a starting role opposite of Stephon Gilmore -- in a trade Thursday. Tom Golsen played in one game for the Cardinals in that 26 season, while Gene played in three.

And while it faces some longer odds, this bit of twin Patriots history actually has two chances to happen in 2018 because Jacob and Cody Hollister are also on the roster.

Jacob played 15 regular-season games last season as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming and shows promise as a developmental tight end/special-teamer, while Cody spent 2017 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas and hopes to carve out a niche as a reserve receiver/core special-teamer.

2. When newly signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn was with the Falcons over the past three seasons, he played mostly on the right side, which traces to how he suffered from Erbs palsy at birth (he had lost some movement and had some weakness in his right arm). That Clayborn has overcome that to have a productive college and pro career has been inspiring to many. That is one thing that stood out to me when communicating with those who have coached Clayborn. Tough-minded competitor, resilient, quiet in the locker room but a respected teammate, one said. The Falcons drafted Takk McKinley in the first round last year, which made Clayborn expendable in Atlanta.

3. Saturdays news that longtime Patriots special-teams captain Matthew Slater visited the Steelers (reported by ESPNs Field Yates) was surprising, as it is hard to imagine the inspirational and spiritual leader playing elsewhere (it was his first career free-agent visit). The Steelers history has generally been to eye core special-teamers who can play defense, and while Slater wouldnt fit that complete profile, his excellence on special teams might be worthy of them altering course a bit. The Steelers arent flush with cap space (about $6 million), but at the same time, my understanding is that the Patriots -- who signed core special-teamer Nate Ebner to a deal that averages $2.5 million per season -- havent bowled Slater over with their contract offer. Thats what presumably sparked Slaters visit to Pittsburgh.


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