VT’s Edmunds brothers make NFL draft history

Fred Jeter | 5/4/2018, 8:41 a.m.
Lots of brothers have made it to the NFL. Some have played on the same team or been selected in ...

Lots of brothers have made it to the NFL. Some have played on the same team or been selected in the same draft.

But siblings Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds of Danville made history April 26 as the first brothers selected in the same opening round.

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, 19, was picked 16th by the Buffalo Bills. Then older brother safety Terrell Edmunds, 21, was chosen 28th by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both played for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Their older brother, Trey Edmunds, who played for Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, was a rookie running back with the New Orleans Saints last year.

Talk about family pride.

“Man, it was great,” Tremaine said. “Definitely to see my other brother get drafted tonight, it was a big-time relief for my whole family. I know everybody’s excited and I’m excited. It’s a long time coming, but we can finally say that we made it.”

Tremaine will be one of the youngest players in the league.

“I’ve always been a young guy, whatever team that I was on,” Tremaine said. “I’m a mature guy ... Just listened to my dad, my brother because they’ve been through the process, try to get things from them and continue to do the things I was doing and be the best player that I can be.”

The Edmunds siblings’ father is Ferrell Edmunds, who played seven NFL seasons at tight end. It was a competitive household for his sons.

“Very competitive,” Terrell said. “We stayed in like a cul-de-sac with my cousins as well, so we were all out there playing pickup. We called it pick-up and dive. So like, you pick up the ball and then you run. It is a never-ending game.

“So you pick up the ball, you run until you get tackled,” Terrell continued. “If you get tackled, you got to throw the ball in the air. So outside people were losing teeth, coming in with cuts all over and everything. But we just kept on playing. So it’s definitely competitive. And in any sport — basketball, too, because we were basketball players, too, so competitive all the time.”

Two of the Edmunds brothers could meet on Dec. 23 when Pittsburgh is at New Orleans.