Spring 2021 Magazine

NFL's Edmunds brothers - Tremaine, Terrell, Trey - driven by faith, family, football

With the Buffalo Bills’ 17-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, they secured their first 10-win season since 1999 and clinched their second playoff berth in three seasons after missing the postseason 17 years straight. It was Buffalo’s first Sunday night appearance in 12 years and it won in Pittsburgh for only the second time ever; the other was in the 1993 playoffs.

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The game also marked the first time since 1927 that three brothers shared an NFL field. Tremaine Edmunds is a linebacker for the Bills, while safety Terrell Edmunds and running back Trey Edmunds play for the Steelers. Terrell led all players Sunday night with 11 tackles while Tremaine led the Bills with eight tackles. Trey didn’t receive a carry, but did see time on special teams.

“That’s amazing,” Tremaine told the Buffalo News before the game. “Just to be a part of that history, it speaks for itself. We’re very blessed for the opportunity, and we’ll take advantage of it.”

On the season, Tremaine — the 16th overall pick in the 2018 draft out of Virginia Tech — leads the Bills with 105 tackles through 14 games. The 21-year-old totaled 121 tackles in 15 games as a rookie last season.

For the Steelers, Terrell — the 28th overall pick in the same draft out of the same school — leads the defense with 94 tackles. The 22-year-old totaled 78 tackles and one interception in 16 games as a rookie in 2018.

And Trey, the oldest of the brothers at 24 years old, has seen 22 carries for 92 yards this season, his third after going undrafted out of Maryland. He spent 2017 with New Orleans before joining the Steelers last year.

All the boys were born with football in their genes, as their father, Ferrell, was a two-time Pro Bowl tight end. A third-round pick out of Maryland in 1988, Ferrell spent five seasons with the Miami Dolphins before two final years with the Seattle Seahawks in 1993 and ’94.

Along with his wife, Cookie, Ferrell has raised his boys to not only work hard with football, but also to be a positive light for others to see. According to The Athletic, “Edmunds family tenets are rooted in exceeding obligations, in honoring God and family, in doing more than the next person, in giving back to the community, in failing to settle.”

To that end, the boys have launched a website, 3EBOYz.com, where they sell gear. Says the site, “Triple-threat professional athletes and brothers Ferrell ‘Trey,’ FeDerius ‘Terrell’ and Fe’Zahn ‘Tremaine’ Edmunds believe that through Christ, all things are possible. With a focus on Faith, Family, and Football, the brothers are active role models for young people in the world of sport and beyond by promoting positivity, faith, resilience, and hard work.”

“They got a platform,” Ferrell told The Athletic. “This is catching on, something that people want to be a part of. They’ve got to build on that brand. What are you going to do with all this right here? They understand it’s a brotherhood. Let’s use the positives of that to change generations, their kids and their kids.”

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