The Manning family isn’t the only clan with a pair of brothers in the NFL. Geoff (Minn. Vikings) and Mitchell (Cleveland Browns) represent the Schwartz family.
Over the last couple of years I’ve had a jovial email relationship with papa Lee. I asked who the family might root for if the boys ever played each other (not on the schedule this year).
We had that situation arise when the boys were both in college. Geoffrey was in his final year at Oregon. Mitchell was a redshirt at Cal and only made the trip because we paid for his flight. That day was a no brainer . . . for me. Geoffrey was on the field. Senior season. We had been involved with the Oregon program for four years. Mitchell was in his civvies having not played a down all year long. I wore Geoffrey’s Oregon uniform that day. Mom? That was another story.
She went out and bought a Cal and Oregon t-shirt. Cut them in half and then sewed the two halves together. Put Schwartz on the back, half in Cal blue and the other half in Oregon green. Placed numbers on both sleeves in the appropriate team colors. And that’s what she wore to that game.
We’ve talked about what would happen now. And it’s simple once again. We wouldn’t root for either team. Instead we’d pull for both boys to play well and stay healthy . . . and let the chips fall where they may.