There is no shortage of football families who took over the National Football League for years. After all, elite football talent is traditionally passed down through generations. You may not recognize the name “Brockermeyer,” but rest assured that this football family is coming for the crown.
The Brockermeyer Family
It starts at the top with grandfather Kay Brockermeyer, who played offensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns in 1959. That team finished No. 4 in the polls, but lost the national championship game to the Syracuse Orangemen and running back Ernie Davis. (Remember the movie The Express? Those Longhorns.)
Next in line is Blake Brockermeyer. All he did while wearing No. 78 for Texas was become a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection and 1994 All-American. The first-round pick (29th overall) in the 1995 NFL Draft of the Carolina Panthers became the first starting tackle in the NFL franchise’s history. He started 103 games in nine seasons with the Panthers, Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. He was inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor in 2015.
After coaching in various roles at the All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, winning five state championships in 12 years, Brockermeyer joined the SMU Mustangs staff as a defensive quality control analyst in 2018.
Guess what? The family name is stronger than ever thanks to Blake and his wife Kristy, who raised four Brockermeyer brothers.
The oldest is Jack Brockermeyer, the first son to play high school ball at All Saints Episcopal. He traded football pads for legal pads to attend Rice University and study economics and business, according to his LinkedIn.
Then, there’s Luke Brockermeyer. The standout high school linebacker joined the Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns in 2018. After a redshirt season, he was awarded a scholarship in 2019 and is on the roster for the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The youngest, twins James and Tommy Brockermeyer, are the cream of the crop. 247Sports ranks both as the No. 1 recruit at their respective positions, both are among the best players in Texas for the Class of 2021, and now, both plan to play college football for the same team.
James Brockermeyer, Tommy Brockermeyer Commit to Alabama
We’ll start with Tommy. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 283 pounds, the nation’s No. 1 offensive lineman and No. 5 player overall regardless of position, according to the 247Sports Composite, is as elite they come. The Under Armour All-American and five-star offensive tackle picked Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide from a final five that also included Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Texas.
Despite missing his junior year with a shoulder injury, Tommy Brockermeyer holds at least 25 offers from programs like Arizona State, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU and Texas Tech.
Twin brother James is the No. 1 center of the 2021 recruiting class and 32nd-best high school football player in Texas. The four-star recruit checks in at 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, just shy of his brother’s measurables, but possesses all the tools to play center or guard at an elite level. Also committed to play in the Under Armour All-American game, James chose Alabama from a final four featuring Auburn, LSU and Texas.
James Brockermeyer fielded at least 17 offers from the likes of Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, USC, Virginia and Washington State.
Both brothers were named MaxPreps Preseason All-Americans ahead of the 2020 season.
“I’m happy for them,” dad Blake told The Star-Telegram back in 2019. “It’s something they wanted to do. They have the opportunity to go to school, play football and get a free education. They’ve been offered by some amazing programs across the country. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 1-star, 2-star or 4-star, you have to go out there and earn your position and earn your spot.”
I don’t think the Brockermeyer twins will have any problems standing out when they arrive in SEC country for the 2021 college football season.
This post was originally published on July 17, 2020.