MIAMI — What are the odds?
Four brothers playing in the NFL?
One making it is virtually impossible. Four is almost incalculable.
Yet here is Chiefs defensive back Kendall Fuller, a key cog to the Kansas City defense that will try to stop the 49ers in Super Bowl 2020 Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, the fourth of four brothers who have played in the NFL.
His oldest brother, Vincent, now 37 and retired and working at a law firm in D.C., was the trailblazer, playing cornerback for the Titans, Lions and Patriots.
Then came Corey, a 29-year-old free-agent receiver who played for the Lions and Saints.
Then Kyle, a 27-year-old cornerback who has played for the Bears since 2014.
Among the four, they have played 239 games in the NFL — 80 for Kyle, 76 for Vincent, 55 for Kendall and 28 for Corey.
“I know their mama don’t have to worry about nothing, that’s all I know,’’ Chiefs rookie receiver Mecole Hardman said.
“That’s a very athletic family, a one-of-a-kind family,’’ Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward said.
“You can see that the genes really carried out,’’ Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland said.
“That’s a lot of talent,’’ Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “They should be thankful to their parents and all those genes that came from them.’’
The 24-year0Kendall Fuller, who was playing nickel for the Chiefs until he got hurt and was replaced by safety Tyrann Matheiu, is the youngest of the four brothers, but he’s the first to advance to a Super Bowl.
His three brothers will be at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday to watch. Kendall insisted there isn’t a hint of sibling jealousy among them. Instead, he praised them for helping pave the way to his dream.
He called Vincent “a big mentor’’ to him and his two brothers, saying, “He always did things the right way, always was a leader for us. And it was always by action. He just knew we were watching. He would give us his input and opinion. But he mainly showed us how to be competitor, showed us how to be a man through example.
“He did a good job of just showing us the ropes, and what it took to get there. It wasn’t like he was wanting to show us the perks of being in the NFL. Growing up, he was always wanting to show me and all of us the hard work you had to put in to experience it. Even then, he was definitely setting the standard for us.”
Because Vincent is 13 years older than him, Kendall said he had a difficult time envisioning himself following his footsteps to the NFL.
“It wasn’t realistic for me to make it until I saw Corey and Kyle make it,’’ Kendall said. “Vinny was born a different breed, as a big brother. But once I saw Corey and Kyle make it, it started getting closer to that level, that’s when I started to think, ‘I can get there.’ ’’
One thing Kendall holds close to his heart, though, is something he often heard from Vincent, and it applies to this week.
“Vinny used to have a phrase: ‘It’s not enough to be good, you have the ability to be better,’ ’’ Kendall said. “That’s the same thing here — we’re here, but it’s not enough be here. We came down here for a reason.’’
Chiefs defensive backs coach Dave Merritt, a former NFL player and a coach for both the Giants and Jets, marveled at Kendall Fuller’s story.
“If you’re the youngest of all the boys that came to this league and you’re sitting here now getting ready to be the first one of them to play in a Super Bowl … what is that like?’’ Merritt wondered. “There has to be some euphoria. I asked him a couple weeks ago, ‘Did you always know that you were going to make it to the NFL?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’
“Some of the Fuller kids are going to play in the NFL. They have no choice.’’