Thomas Hennessy facing off against brother Matt in London

By Tyler Calvaruso

The Jets’ Week 5 trip to London to take on the Falcons carries special meaning for the Hennessy family.

Sunday marks the first time Jets long snapper Thomas Hennessy will take on his younger brother, Falcons offensive lineman Matt Hennessy. Atlanta selected the 23-year-old in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft and has started all four of its games so far this season at center.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Thomas told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It doesn’t happen every day that you get to play your brother.”

The Hennessy brothers both attended New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep, but never played together because of their four-year age difference. They’ll share the field as opponents on Sunday with both playing prominent roles for their respective teams.

His brother steals most of the shine as a key part of the Falcons’ offensive line, but Thomas Hennessy has entrenched himself as one of the best long snappers in football since joining the Jets. Even though they won’t be lining up directly across from each other, the first edition of the 2021 NFL London Games will go down as a contest the Hennessy family never forgets.

“It’s a unique experience and we’ll definitely cherish it,” Thomas said.


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