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June 22, 2014

Gordy Gronkowski's 31 million-to-one shot comes in

"One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty-Eight Pounds of Sons".

ESPN once determined that the odds of a family having three brothers play simultaneously in the NFL are one in thirty-one million. That number, perhaps more than any other, has stayed with him. It cements his sense of marvel, and he sometimes looks at his sons the way his lost teenage self would have looked at the man he has become. "It's unbelievable," he says. "It really is. I sit there sometimes and think, God, did this really all happen?"

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Jack PQ

To pick a nit, I assume they calculate the probability assuming three independent events (each son playing in the NFL). Of course, they are correlated events, so the true probability is much higher than 1 in 31 million... But anyway, it's a great story, and tiny odds...

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