DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins guard John Jerry expects his relatives to show favoritism Sunday when he's blocking his brother, Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
"My mom, brother and sister will be here," John said. "They'd better be rooting for me. I bought the tickets."
The Jerrys have played each other in exhibition games, but never before during the regular season.
"Now it's going to count," John said. "He'll be ready. I'll be ready."
This sibling matchup will be different from Manning vs. Manning, because it will take place in the trenches, and the Jerrys figure to butt heads a lot.
"It's kind of odd going against your brother," Peria said, "because you're invading a man's space, and you don't like to give up your space."
Unlike John, Peria anticipates their relatives will remain neutral. But he confirmed he's going to let John handle expenses for the family.
John and Peria are the two youngest of seven kids, including six boys, and they stuck together a lot growing up. They were also the football players in the family — teammates at powerhouse South Panola High School in Batesville, Miss., and at the University of Mississippi.