Frat Rush

When the NFL comes calling, there's no sense trying to make it solo. Because nobody makes the cut without some help from his brothers.

Updated: April 17, 2003, 6:14 PM ET
By David Fleming, ESPN The Magazine
He's like a brother to me. Compliments don't come higher. A brother is the guy you count on most, the guy who knows you best. And good luck to anyone who gets in his grill.

Who do you think Willis McGahee leaned on after his knee was shredded in the Fiesta Bowl? Big bro Eugene. How much surer are surefire draft picks Boss Bailey and Terrence Holt because they've had sibs Champ and Torry to show them the way?

In the NFL, though, brotherhood is thicker than blood, a bond that comes from knowing you're only as good as the guy next to you. Nowhere are those ties stronger than on the D-line, and in this year's NFL draft, that chapter is about to get a huge increase in membership.