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Football remains a family affair for Fullers


ORLANDO, Fla. – Football and family have always been intertwined in Kyle Fuller's life, and that will continue to be the case over the next couple weeks.

The Bears cornerback will participate in his second straight Pro Bowl Sunday in Orlando and then travel south to watch his younger brother, Kendall, play for the Chiefs against the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV next Sunday night in Miami Gardens.

"I told myself I wasn't going to go [to a Super Bowl] unless I made it," Fuller told at the Pro Bowl. "But I'm going to take it as some motivation and check it out."

On Jan. 13, Kyle watched in person as Kendall and the Chiefs rallied from a 24-0 deficit to stun the Texans 51-31 in an AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City. The thrilling comeback victory coupled with the raucous atmosphere at Arrowhead Stadium inspired the Bears veteran.

"Just seeing that makes you want to get there," Kyle said. "It kind of reminds you about the work you have to put in to get there."

Kyle and Kendall—who's also a cornerback—are part of only the second family to have four brothers play in the NFL during the Super Bowl era.

The oldest, Vincent Jr., was a defensive back who appeared in 76 games with five starts over seven seasons with the Titans (2005-10) and Lions (2011). He registered six career interceptions, returning four of them for touchdowns.

Vincent Jr. was followed into the league by Corey, a receiver who spent five NFL seasons with the Lions (2013-15) and Saints (2016-17). He appeared in 28 games—all with Detroit in 2014-15—catching 18 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown.

Kyle became the third Fuller brother to enter the NFL when he was selected by the Bears with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. He has since appeared in 80 games with 78 starts over five seasons—missing the 2016 campaign with a knee injury—and has recorded 18 interceptions.

Kyle became the first member of his family to be voted to the Pro Bowl in 2018 when he tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions while helping the Bears win the NFC North championship. He returned to the Pro Bowl this season after topping the Bears with three interceptions and 12 pass breakups and finishing second with 82 tackles.

Kendall was chosen by the Redskins in the third round of the 2016 draft. After playing his first two seasons in Washington, he was traded to the Chiefs in January 2018 with a third-round draft pick in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith. Kendall has appeared in 55 games with 31 starts, registering six interceptions.

Kyle is extremely proud to be one of four brothers to have reached the NFL. The only other family that can make that claim in the modern era is the Browners, who had Ross, Jim, Joey and Keith play in the 1970s and '80s.

"It's very special," Kyle said. "It means a lot. We don't take it for granted. We definitely appreciate it. It's a blessing."