"Eli and Peyton are both intense, more so than Ronde and I," Tiki says. "They don't let their family situation distract them from what they have to do. It's literally all X's and O's for them. The intensity has to do with the fact that they're brothers but more to do with the fact they are insanely focused on winning. If that means kicking your brother's butt, they will do it.
"It's a mixture of emotions," Tiki says of facing a sibling. "Your instincts say, I should be rooting for him."
For Tiki and Ronde, the NFL represented the first time the brothers did not play on the same team.
"A month before the draft we finally had the conversation, that, 'Dude, we're not going to be together anymore,'" Tiki says. "It was a hard conversation. I'd never known a life without having Ronde by my side. After I got drafted by New York, [Giants coach] Jim [Fassel] was going to draft Ronde with the Giants' next pick, but [Bucs coach] Tony [Dungy] got him before then. It was one of the toughest things to happen in our lives.
When the two met, Tiki says the game took on a different feel.
"As we became better players, it got more intense," Tiki says. "I remember a night game in Tampa when [Ronde] laid into me on the sideline. I go, 'What are you doing?' He whispered, 'I have to make it look good—the whole sibling rivalry thing.'"