ARLINGTON, Texas -- His name is Jenkins, he plays the defensive line and he wears No. 77. Sound familiar? It's New York Jets NT Kris Jenkins. But, wait, it's also his younger brother Cullen, a starting defensive end for the NFC champion Green Bay Packers.
At the start of the season, Kris figured to be the Jenkins with the best chance of reaching the Super Bowl, but he blew out his knee in the season opener and that was that. Now Cullen is carrying the torch for the family, getting ready to face the Steelers Sunday in Super Bowl XLV.
Cullen has been in touch with Kris, who has provided some tips on how to handle the Super Bowl and the many distractions. Kris played in Super Bowl XXXVIII for the Panthers in the 2003 season. Kris isn't going to make the trip; he'll stay home and watch on TV.
Cullen, who at 6-2, 300 pounds probably is the biggest little brother you will find anywhere, seems confident that Kris will try to make a comeback in 2011. There has been some doubt; anytime a player in the over-30 category has knee surgery in back-to-back seasons ... well, you never know.
"My gut feeling is I still think he can go out there and do it," Cullen said Tuesday at media day. "I'd like to see him go out on his own terms."