While Colorado Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis is enjoying the best season of his career in his eighth year as a pro, his little brother is off to a perfect start in his.
The Miami Dolphins have raced out to a surprise 2-0 start in the young NFL season, and rookie placekicker Caleb Sturgis has yet to miss a field goal.
Last week, he nailed three field goals in a victory over the Cleveland Browns and was named NFL Rookie of the Week. On Sunday, the 24-year-old hit a 54-yarder as time expired in the first half in an eventual 24-20 Dolphins upset of the Colts in Indianapolis. (He’s also six-for-six on extra point attempts.)
And in case you’re wondering, yes, the younger Sturgis also got his start in soccer. In fact, the former striker had never kicked a football until his freshman year high school – and ended up being named to Florida’s all-state team his senior year at St. Augustine High School before a star career at the University of Florida.
Meanwhile, former US youth international Nathan is having his best season in MLS as a regular starter in the Colorado Rapids midfield, already with a career-high in minutes played (1,700) and goals (four).
This could be quite the rivalry as the Rapids head toward the playoffs and the Dolphins keep battling in the rough AFC East.
Did we mention the Sturgis brothers’ father, a pastor at the family's church in Florida, played tennis in college? That’s one well-rounded family.