Growing up as the two youngest of seven siblings, Peria and John Jerry formed an alliance. “We were never really battling each other because we were battling the other ones,” Peria said.
As teammates at Ole Miss, Peria was a defensive tackle and John was an offensive tackle, so they never really had to tangle in practice.
Now there’s no way around it: Peria will start at defensive tackle for the Falcons and John at right guard for the Dolphins when the teams meet Sunday in South Florida.
Guards and tackles operate in close quarters and wrestle, pull, hand punch, and push one another on virtually every play. Peria said it will be “odd” going against his little brother, but that their family isn’t stressing about it.
“I don’t think they are going for nobody in this one,” he said. “They are just going to have fun.”
If we were to list all of the reasons the Falcons morphed from a potential Super Bowl contender to the flotsam and jetsam of the NFL this season, Steven Jackson’s exploding hamstring would not rank first or second.