Two of the three Edmunds brothers made history in the 2018 NFL Draft, when Tremaine and Terrell were both taken in the first round. That made them the first pair of brothers to ever be taken in the same NFL Draft first round.
Their selections allowed them to join their oldest brother, Trey, who was already in the NFL for a year at that point. The trio faced off for the first time in 2019, when Bills linebacker Tremaine went up against Steelers safety Terrell and fullback Trey. It was the first meeting of three brothers in the same game since 1927, according to Elias Sports Bureau, and the presence of the three Edmunds brothers in the NFL makes them a second-generation pro football family after their father Ferrell was a two-time Pro Bowler at tight end.
The Watt brothers have equaled that three-brothers-in-one-game feat in 2020, and it seems Pittsburgh might actually be monopolizing brothers by featuring T.J. and Derek Watt, as well. It’ll be another meeting on the field for the Edmunds brothers in Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season, too, when the Bills host the Steelers. Trey is hurt, but Tremaine and Terrell could have big impacts on the AFC playoff picture.
“I think that’s what made us the players we are today, because we pushed each other to be the best,” Tremaine said in 2019.
The Edmunds family
Father: Ferrell Edmunds
Ferrell played seven seasons as a tight end in the NFL after starring at Maryland. Listed at 6-6 and 254 pounds in his playing days, Ferrell made two Pro Bowls while playing for the Dolphins.
Those Pro Bowl seasons came back to back in 1989 and 1990. In those two years, Ferrell combined for 63 catches, 828 yards and four touchdowns.
In a 2019 NFL.com video, Terrell said, “He told us we could grow up to be whatever we wanted, really. We couldn’t limit ourselves to anything, and that we could do anything that we put our mind to.”
Mother: Felicia “Cookie” Edmunds
Felicia contributed to the athletic genes as well, competing as a track athlete at Southern Illinois University before becoming a physical education teacher. It’s Felicia who reportedly woke the three brothers up from bed every morning in time to train.
“I think when you meet their parents it tells you everything you need to know, just quality people,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in 2019. “Outstanding athletes and football players, all the boys, but they’re also quality people and that comes from their parents. Much respect to Ferrell and Cookie, in terms of what they’ve done raising quality young men.’’
How many Edmunds brothers are there?
There are three Edmunds brothers. Trey is the oldest and joined the NFL first, as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 draft. Terrell is the middle brother, and Tremaine is the youngest. Both Terrell and Tremaine entered the NFL through the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They all went to Virginia Tech, although Trey also spent a year at Maryland.
We’ve listed the brothers in reverse order of age here, but in first-to-last order of their selection in the NFL Draft. Fe’Zahn Tremaine Edmunds was taken 16th overall by the Bills in 2018, and he’s a middle linebacker who’s part of Buffalo’s promising future.
Tremaine topped 100 total tackles in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, and he’s on pace to do the same in 2020. His 2019 performance, which included 115 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss, earned him a Pro Bowl nod.
FeDerius Terrell Edmunds went to the Steelers with the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s the smallest of the brothers, a safety, and he too topped 100 total tackles in 2019. He’s started all but a handful of his NFL games for Pittsburgh.
Some considered Terrell a reach in the first round in 2018, but he’s solidified himself with a nearly every-down role with the Steelers. Terrell recorded two interceptions on Nov. 22, 2020 against Jacksonville, taking his career total from one INT to three.
Ferrell “Trey” Edmunds III has been the journeyman of the group, going undrafted and bouncing around the NFL. He’s pretty much considered a fullback at this point. He started off with the Saints out of college before joining the Steelers in Sept. 2018.
Because of the nature of fullbacks in the modern NFL, Edmunds’ transaction listing is one of promotions and demotions from and to the practice squad, along with a few releases along the way. He’s scored one touchdown in his NFL career, a rushing score for New Orleans in 2017.