Unless you’re a football fan who’s over 100 years old, there’s a good chance you don’t remember Gene and Tom Golsen.
The Golsen twins both played for the Louisville Colonels back in the 1920s, and in 1926 they saw the field together for the final time.
Now, in a surprising twist, the Golsens are intertwined in a new wrinkle in Patriots history. When Devin and Jason McCourty took the field for the Patriots on Sunday, in their season opener against the Texans, they became the first set of twins to play together on the same NFL team since the Golsens did so nearly a century ago.
Devin, a safety entering his ninth NFL season, has played in New England his entire career. He’s racked up 20 interceptions and played in all but five regular-season games during that span.
Jason, a cornerback entering his 10th season, suited up for the Titans from 2009-2016 and the Browns last year. He’s intercepted 16 passes and racked up over 450 tackles. He joined the Patriots in March and made the roster this summer.
Several twins have played in the NFL at the same time, include Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, but the McCourtys are the first to play for the same time since the Goldens. Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin are both currently on the Seahawks roster, however, so it’s possible they’ll accomplish the feat just hours later.