When Houston's Matt Turk sends punts thudding off
the ceiling at the Texans training complex -- his older brother
isn't far from his thoughts.
Dan Turk, who was a center in the NFL for 15 seasons, died in
2000 from testicular cancer.
Seven years later, Matt takes solace in the fact that they got
to be teammates in Washington from 1997-99.
The year before he was stricken, Dan long-snapped the ball to
Matt in a game, the first brother-to-brother, center-to-punter snap
in league history.
Matt Turk -- who's 39 -- is a three-time Pro Bowler who signed
with the Texans as a free agent in late July.
He's competing against incumbent Chad Stanley for the starting
Turk's goal is not only to win the spot -- but to lead the
league in punting.
Dan and Matt were two of six brothers born and raised in
Greenfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee.