Brothers Stefon and Trevon Diggs push each other to greater heights

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She thought she had seen it all from her son.

"I've never seen him so excited," said Stephanie.

The younger brother of the Buffalo Bills wide receiver made his first in the league, while his older brother made his second consecutive Pro Bowl. About 15 family and friends from around the country gathered on the phone to celebrate.

The season of success for the family was beyond what they could have imagined.

"That's my brother, so it's probably one of my favorite moments of this year, for real," he said. I love him so much that I can go up there with him.

While Stefon's success and star power has been on display for the last few years, Trevon's emergence has just begun, finishing the season as the league's leader in interceptions. Through the years, Stefon's support helped him get there.

"I was more proud than anything," he said. I was happy when I heard he was going to the Pro Bowl, but I still wanted to see it. I saw his picture and he was in the Cowboys jersey.

The brothers have games before the playoffs. The teams are the 3rd seeds. The San Francisco 49ers are the team that will be playing the Cowboys on Sunday. The Bills won a second straight title and will play the New England Pats on Saturday. CBS.

The brothers haven't played in the NFL. That could happen in the Pro Bowl. If the Bills and Cowboys made it to the Super Bowl, there would be another option.

"That will be cooler," he said.

A family event.

When his brother comes up, a smile spreads across his face. The receiver, who winks and expresses his love for Trevon, can't hide his feelings.

I think that's my son. He's my little brother, but I feel like I raised him, according to Stefon. "We grew up together and that's my mom, I hold her close to my heart."

Aron Diggs died of heart failure at the age of 50. Mar'Sean is their brother, who played at the University of Alabama. Aron Jr., and older sister, Porsche, are also brothers. After Aron's death, Stefon took on a father-figure role to Trevon, as he was too busy with his wife's work to be able to be with his children.

A picture of the mother of the two sons, Stephanie Diggs, with her sons Trevon and Stefon.

When my husband passed away, people at the funeral said, 'You're the man of the house.' "You have to watch your brothers," she said. "So [Stefon] kind of took that in a different way."

The boys excelled at football. In the 2012 class, he was the 13th-ranked recruit. He chose to play football in Maryland because he wanted to stay close to his family and not have to travel far.

Despite being interested in going to art school, Trevon signed with Alabama. He was persuaded to switch positions from wide receiver to defensive back at Alabama.

After being a fifth-round pick of the Vikings in 2015, Stefon was traded to the Bills just before his brother was selected in the second round by the Cowboys in 2020.


The younger brother of a Bills' player was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

The two have different personality quirks, with Stefon taking over a whole room. The man kept to himself.

Levi Wallace, who was teammates with Trevon at Alabama, said that he was a little quieter when they were together. "Stef is outgoing."

The differences in personality have lessened over time. For the first time in his life, Trevon is talking trash.

"Trevon has things to say, he has things to add, now it's like, [Trevon] has his voice, he has things to say, he has things to add, now it's like, [Trevon] has "Stefon really values his opinion now."

They talk on the phone every day, and Stefon makes a point of checking his phone to see if the Cowboys are playing. As a kid, Stefon was a Cowboys fan.

One day a week, only one day, I ask my little brother if he plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Stefon said something. "Let's go, Buffalo."

Aaiden has become a star for his father, as much as 2021. He appeared on several networks and took pictures with Cowboys fans before, during and after games, but it all started when he confused the quarterbacks on "Hard Knocks."

His father was the leader in the NFL in interceptions.

"We know that there's some definite stars with Tre and with Stef, but there's another star in that house," said Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who tried to recruit Stefon to the University of Florida. It's a really cool thing when he gets excited.

Aaiden was given a lot to be excited about. The preparation began before the games started.

The work that was done in the off-season.

Brandon Marshall played 13 seasons in the National Football League, catching 970 passes for 12,000 yards and 83 touchdown. He was selected to five Pro Bowls. He knows what an athlete looks like.

The House of Athlete is in Weston, Florida, and is owned by Marshall.

"Stefon is one of the best in the world in any sport, male or female, and that's because of his approach to the work," Marshall said. There are a few guys in my career that I said, "Oh, this is why they're successful." Stefon is willing to do anything it takes to be the best version of himself. The work ethic, the attitude, and the tenacity. Some guys like hard work and some don't.

It's important for Trevon to learn to love the hard work because he loves it.

"My first year, I was just trying to figure things out, the momentum of things, how to maintain and go at a pace, and learn everything," he said. It was a trial run. I know when I go to camp, where I have to be, and I can plan accordingly and take in things to cater to me and my training.

An older brother might have pushed that direction.

"Stef is definitely the role model, the big brother/father figure type," said Troy Jones, House of Athlete's director of Education & Science, Pro Strength Training. I think it was the first year that he showed you the way. The second year he told you that he could show you the way, but you had to do it on your own. I think that happened.

The lead was followed by Trevon last February. They trained together for at least five days a week. The workouts lasted about five hours on most days. They would do their own work on their own.

Marshall remembers that the last people to leave the facility were Stefon and Trevon.

Marshall said thatStefon was challenging him.

During the off-season, Trevon and his brother work out together.

The speed work on the treadmill was the most difficult. If Stefon went fast, Trevon wanted to go fast as well.

"You have to hold your speed," he said. It's intense because we do it at the end of the day.

Wherever the Diggs are, they make sure they work in opposite directions.

"It's similar to how he plays offense and I play defense," he said. I'm matching it when he's in the receiver drills. We're going to try to beat each other. It's intense when we go.

It's close enough to get under each other's skin.

"People don't know how hard it is to train and take care of your body," said their mom. They don't see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes on, and you're so busy that you can get lost. Just keep them grounded.

They work out almost daily when they vacation together, including a trip to Cabo last year.

"We always bring our cleats with us, no matter where we go," he said. Our cleats are a must have. Our friends are used to it. We'll wake up and go train. It's what we do. Someone on the outside might think we're a little nuts.

They know where they'll be starting next year, even though their seasons could end this weekend or in a month. There are cleats in this picture.

"At this point, he doesn't have to say anything to me," he said. It's understood. I can read his mind by following him and doing what he's done. I'm supposed to go this way. He gave me enough to play.

The hard work that Stefon has led him through is what makes Trevon put his 11-interception season down to. There is no reason to change anything.

"Trevon had to learn that, too," Marshall said. "Now they both have it."

The hard work pays off.

After intercepting Tom Brady in the season opener, Trevon would have at least one in each of the first six games, tying an NFL record.

Nobody could have predicted 11 picks at the start of the season, but the Cowboys thought that Trevon would have an impact. During the final training camp practice of his rookies, Mike McCarthy goes back to when he had at least four picks.

McCarthy said he had never seen a rookies practice like that in all his years as a coach. I think it was a preview of what was to come. I hope he continues because he is a special player.

By his count, he should have had at least seven because of the drops.

In the first real practice of training camp in Oxnard, California, last summer, Diggs picked off a pass from Prescott. He became the first defender in 40 years to reach 11 in a season, and was named to the Pro Bowl.

The most number of picks by a Cowboys player since 1981 is 11 by Trevon Diggs.

Stefon knew his brother was ready for a jump.

"We had a lot of that conversation," he said. He had a lot of potential last year. He faced every good receiver. I was like, "You've seen everybody." You've played against everyone, and you're able to play with anyone. He had some success when he was a young player, so I wanted him to carry that over. He did it to the max.

He admits he is not comfortable playing the position. He moved there after his second season at Alabama. He wanted to stay at receiver until he was convinced that it was the right thing to do.

It paid off once again when listening to Stefon.

"I'm still learning," he said. I still have a lot of work to do, but for the most part, I'm working. I'm looking forward to it because it took me all my life to become a wide receiver, but I don't know how long it will take.

The receiver spot has been mastered by Stefon. He led the NFL in yards in 2020 after his trade from the Vikings. He had 103 catches for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdown this season, and he was a Pro Bowl selection for the second year in a row. He was named a captain by the Bills this year.

Josh Allen said he wanted to throw it to him as much as possible because he never knows what will happen with the ball in his hands.

Stefon will play in his ninth playoff game on Saturday. The Vikings' playoff win against the New Orleans Saints was the result of a touchdown by Stefon. He was in the stands at the stadium when the Bills lost to the Chiefs.

He said it was so cold.

He looked at the field with only one thought in his mind, that he was the Cowboys' defensive back.

"We have to get here," he said. We have to get here.

On Sunday, he will play in his first game with the Cowboys.

He said it was time to turn up more than he did during the season.

In a month at the Super Bowl, the Diggs brothers could play each other for the confetti.

"We have talked about it," he said. We think that would be really competitive and exciting. Hopefully it happens.

If her son plays against one another, what would she do? Maybe a split jersey?

He wants her to wear his, though there are some in the works. If a match up happens, she isn't shying away from having a rooting interest.

"I want the little brother to take the big brother since he talks so much trash," she said.