It’s not common, but when a son of a former NFL player makes it to the highest level — following his dad’s footsteps — as well, it’s now almost more of a noteworthy occurrence than anything.
Two cousins — and first cousins who attended and played at the same college at that — making it to the NFL and playing against each other, however, does seem quite rare.
On Oct. 8, during Week 5 of the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers (0-4) faced the Indianapolis Colts (1-3). The Colts would end up winning the game in overtime, 26-23, keeping the 49ers winless this season.
The interesting takeaway from what was otherwise just another overtime game in the NFL, was that George Kittle — of the 49ers — and Henry Krieger-Coble — of the Colts — played against each other.
The two are not only former Iowa Hawkeyes, but are first cousins, as their mothers are sisters.
Krieger-Coble, whose career with the Hawkeyes ended in 2015, made a tackle in his team’s victory. Kittle, whose collegiate playing career ended this past season at Iowa, posted a career-high seven receptions for 83 yards while scoring his first touchdown in the NFL.
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After the game, the two players shared jerseys. According to Kittle’s Instagram account, it was the first time in his NFL career that he had swapped jerseys with another player.