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Experts / February 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

Watt Brothers #RealTalk About Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is an age-old excuse used to justify the competitive relationship among siblings—but how intense is it really?

Just ask the Watt brothers—three of the most dominant football players on the field right now. 

JJ , Derek and TJ Watt just wrapped up the 2017 – 2018 football season, where each played on a different professional team.

“Coming out of a game, you can expect your phone to be blown up by the other two,” says Derek. “It's a little bit of good and bad.”

“We keep it real,” adds JJ. 

“If you had a bad block or a bad pass rush, you’re gonna hear about it,” he continues, noting the brothers want the best for one another but there is always going to be some element of competition since all of them take their careers seriously.

Such competition is not experienced solely by those with professional careers, though.

In a recently conducted national survey of men and women who have siblings and played sports in high school, a staggering 9 out of 10 Americans admitted to being competitive with their siblings growing up. In fact, more than half listed their sibling as the person who they were the most competitive with.

If this majority is anything like the Watt brothers, the competition does not end on the field either.

When asked which of the three brothers has the best off-the-field style, they quickly turned dog-eat-dog on each other.

“They all want to go shopping with me but they won’t admit it,” says TJ, whose comment is immediately greeted with laughter and objections from both of his elders.

Before chalking that up to ‘boys just being boys,’ hold on a minute. Survey results revealed that women are just as likely to trash talk as men.

Curious what else the results disclosed? Take a look below.


Suddenly realizing that your sibling dynamic is not so abnormal after all? Tweet @Reebok to tell us if your family can relate to any of these. 

Experts / February 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom