Twins Alec and Zander Ogletree have played football together on the same team every season but one since they were about six.
They each made the move from Newnan to Georgia, where Alec is a junior inside linebacker and Zander a junior fullback.
Now, Alec Ogletree is a projected NFL first-round draft pick. That would seem to be cause for celebration, but Zander Ogletree said their mother expressed sadness recently “because we’re separating,” before adding “if he goes to the league.”
Zander Ogletree said he reassured his mother.
“I was like `Mom, it’s all right,’” Zander said. “I feel like it’s just better things in life that are happening right now. It’s just a blessing to have one of us, especially out of our family and our hometown, just to be playing in the National Football League. I feel like that’s a blessing. Being in our family, we’ve just got to support him. I’ve still got to get my degree and do everything I’ve got to do to become a professional and everything, too.”
Of course, Alec Ogletree, who leads Georgia with 98 tackles in only nine games, hasn’t publicly revealed his intentions to enter the draft, even though teammates expect the Capital One Bowl will be his last game for the Bulldogs.
Zander Ogletree, born two minutes before Alec, his fraternal twin, said the only season he wasn’t on the same football team as Alec was their freshmen year at Newnan when Alec was on the varsity team and Zander the junior varsity.
“I told her we’re grown men now and we’ve just got to make our own decisions,” Zander said.
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