In the case of free safety Terrence Holt, the Lions game Sunday at St. Louis can be considered a family affair. Holt will be playing against his brother Torry, a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Rams.
In the case of cornerback Dre' Bly, it won't be family across the line of scrimmage but it will be close.
"Them guys raised me," said Bly. "Isaac (Bruce) and then Torry, we came out together so, basically, covering them every day is the big reason why I'm able to develop over the years and play at the level I play at every day, because of them and facing them every day.
"I'm definitely looking forward to going back and competing against them, bringing back some memories. Whenever we have played each other since I left, it's always been fun for both of us and Isaac, also, so it's something I'm looking forward to."
Bruce, also a Pro Bowl receiver, was an established NFL star when Bly and Torry Holt came to the Rams as rookies with the Super Bowl championship team of 1999 and Bly has long maintained that it was the daily practice sessions against those two receivers that enabled him to sharpen his skills to the Pro Bowl level he reached in his first two seasons (2003-04) with the Lions.
Terrence Holt and his older brother Torry played with each other more often than against each other as youngsters, growing up North Carolina.
"I'm used to playing against him (but) for the most part we tried to pick each other and play on the same teams, even though sometimes we'd end up playing against each other," Terrence Holt said. "But those battles can't compare to this, at this level with so much riding on the games."
Although the competition will be intense Sunday, there will still be a feeling of brotherly concern in the Holt family members at the game. It's something they have talked about in their phone conversations this week.
"We talk, we're too close not to talk," Terrence said. "We just think about how precious this moment is, to be able to play each other again. This will be our third time but it doesn't grow old, anytime you get to play your brother ... it's a crazy time but it's something we cherish.
"Our family, we've been thinking about this since we saw it on our schedule and it's finally here."