"It's always exciting to go against the older brother," Darren Sharper said Wednesday. "All of those butt whippings he gave me when I was a young kid, I feel like I need to repay him for that. I've been kind of talking to Ahman (Green) and (the) running backs and telling them to knock him on his tail a couple times for me."
That's easier said than done, as Jamie Sharper, who joined the league with Darren in 1997, is the league's reigning leader in tackles with 195 stops in 2003.
The brothers both have something to boast about. For Jamie Sharper, it's the Super Bowl ring earned with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. For Darren Sharper, it's the 2-0 record against his brother — the Packers beat the Ravens in 1998 and 2001 — and the two Pro Bowls-to-none lead in individual accolades.
Darren Sharper hopes to add to his bragging rights Sunday. As the little brother — Jamie was born on Nov. 23, 1964, while Darren was born on Nov. 3, 1975 — Sharper often ended up on the wrong side of sibling confrontations.
"I have a couple cuts now ... from what he gave to me. We're competitive, just like any other brothers were growing up," Darren Sharper said.
The tide has turned though, and Sharper hopes it keeps turning in his direction in a few days.
"He was the better athlete when we were younger — all-American in high school and that," Darren said. "I was just trying to catch up to him, and I finally did that when I got to the NFL."