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Hendersons Set To Become Third Brother Tandem At LB In NFL History

Posted by cjsiewert on September 9, 2011 – 3:09 pm

The NFL has a storied history of brothers playing in the NFL, but it’s not common when the brothers play the same position for the same team during the same season. In fact, there’s been only 15 sets of brothers to do so and only two at the LB position – Niko and Pete Noga with the 1987 St. Louis Cardinals, and Bill and Joe Osmanski with the Chicago Bears from 1944-45.

E.J. and Erin Henderson are in line to start at the middle and outside LB positions, respectively, which would make them the third brother tandem at LB for the same team during the same season.

E.J. has been a constant on the Vikings defense since his rookie season 8 years ago, but for his younger brother Erin, it’s been a different path to be in line for the starting role. Erin spent his first 3 seasons primarily as a special teams player and backup LB, but his hard work throughout training camp this year seems to be paying off.

In the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, Erin registered a team-high 10 tackles and he continued to impress throughout the preseason. The 4th-year OLB was fundamental in a goal-line stand in which the Vikings defense stymied the Seahawks four times after a 1st-and-goal from the MIN 2.

The prospect of having a brother tandem at LB may be exciting for Vikings fans, but anyone with a brother may know, it’s not always easy to agree or use the most effective way of communication. To Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier, it’s of no concern.

“From the day Erin [Henderson] arrived,” Frazier said. “They [E.J. and Erin] have a great relationship which is what you hope for when you’re talking about brothers. Which is one of the reasons we weren’t overly concerned when we signed Erin because sometimes that can be a negative as opposed to a positive, and in this case it’s been an absolute positive.”

Team chemistry is an attribute fixed to many great teams and Frazier also sees that as a positive connection between the Henderson brothers.

“You would think there would be some natural chemistry there when you talk about brothers,” Frazier acknowledged. “Being able to relate and talk about assignments and what it takes to be successful in our League. I would think that would come easy for E.J. to share with him [Erin] as opposed to a guy he’s never met before so I would think it’s a benefit for Erin and a benefit for E.J., as well wanting to see his brother succeed which in turn should benefit our football team.”

We’ve witnessed great defensive units over Vikings history such as the Purple People Eaters and the Williams Wall, but are we now in store for a new era of great defensive play? And what to call them? The Bash Brothers, Two-Headed Viking or simply The Brothers Henderson? Let us know what you think.


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21 Responses to “Hendersons Set To Become Third Brother Tandem At LB In NFL History”

  1. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Bring back former Pro-Bowl LB Harry Carson and call them Harry and the Hendersons.

  2. By Viking Joe on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Not bad, is that a taste of Canadian humor !!

  3. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Viking Joe, but I’m no Leslie Nielson or Mike Myers.

  4. By VegasVike on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Man Nova you stole my joke! No showgirls for you!

  5. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great minds think alike, Vegas !

  6. By VegasVike on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    Nova I think you’re right, now we gotta talk Titus down…

  7. By Scott on Sep 9, 2011 | Reply

    YES! love the bash brothers has to be the name considering its a mighty ducks reference :)

  8. By mnsoldier on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    I think the vikes will struggle with a deep threat receiver, Webb is fast and now understands what the QB sees and where he will be passing so he would serve best in place of berrian, I say berrian will have 4 drops that should be catches, I hope the realize quickly just how below average he is.

  9. By likejoeybrowner on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    I hope Berrian has a break out season….he’s had a few drops this preseason….but each time he was fighting with the defender for the ball all the way to the turf……I believe the vikings will never get the prize….it’s called karma….when you have pesimistic fans…fait rewards them.

  10. By likejoeybrowner on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    If any vikings players have been reading these blogs…please understand that some of the comments are not from TRUE fans…..a true fan is optimistic….regardless of how they feel about one player….out of 53.

  11. By likejoeybrowner on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    I hope our SOLDIERS in the military are not like that……I’m not fighting for my country until that guy leaves the white house….appears that you have a little soldier field in you …i.e., ure spy material at best.

  12. By Parody on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Nova! I proposed that nickname a while back!

    Of course, I’d rather use the great talent we have already, and so I want to find a reasonable excuse to nickname Greenway “Hairy”.

  13. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, sorry…I never saw your earlier post. I guess that really proves that great minds DO think alike !!

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    likejoeybrowner…. you say that “a true fan is optimistic”, and in your previous post you say ” I believe the Vikings will never get the prize”. By your own “logic”, this means that you are not a true fan.

  15. By VegasVike on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    I am a true, yet, realistic fan. And players don’t read these posts

  16. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Well said, Vegas.

  17. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    The most pessimistic fans in the world are Boston Red Sox fans, and patience finally rewarded them.

  18. By sandiamond on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    VV let’s hope they don’t!! surely the coaches would frown on it but some players probably scan here during time-off

  19. By Viking Joe on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s hope for the best, a win in San Diego, who cares who drops what, have some faith !!!

  20. By Luke on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    Hurricane Henderson!

  21. By Parody on Sep 10, 2011 | Reply

    NP Nova. I enjoy being included in such an elite group. ;)

    About pessimism, I think that reward should go to the Cubs fans. The media has been joking about their inability to succeed for decades! But, at least they can look forward to finally winning it all in 2015…according to one of the best trilogies of all time anyways…

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