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Four Brothers, One Game

History will be made Saturday, January 7th at the Infinite Energy Arena, when the Saskatchewan Rush travel to Georgia to take on the Swarm. The season opener for both teams marks the first time four siblings will compete at the same time in a professional lacrosse game. The world record will be set as the Thompson brothers take the floor; Jeremy for the two-time defending champion Rush, and Lyle, Miles, and Jerome for the Swarm.

“It’s always quite the accomplishment when you get to play at the highest level of lacrosse and to be playing against the brothers makes it that much more meaningful,” said Jeremy Thompson. “It’s not every sports season you get to see a group of brothers playing amongst or against each other at a high level of lacrosse. I know my brothers are playing for the same reasons as me, and that makes this a very special event.”

The Thompson brothers are four of the most popular lacrosse athletes in the world, proudly showcasing their Native American heritage (Onondaga Nation) with their signature ponytails.

“I’m pretty excited for the first game going up against Jeremy and Saskatchewan,” said Lyle Thompson. “It’s pretty cool that I get the opportunity to be on the same floor as all my brothers, all people who I’ve always looked up to and who have taught me a lot. The whole family is coming down. My father is renting a 14-passenger van and making the drive so everyone is excited for our home opener down in Georgia, and it makes it that much more special that all four of us are playing.”

The Thompson brothers have been featured on ESPN, CBS News, the New York Times, and several other media outlets. They are often featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays for their sensational goals and passes.

“Having four incredibly talented siblings and world class lacrosse athletes play in our League is a rare feat, and a testament to their athletic skill and passion for box lacrosse,” said Nick Sakiewicz, Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League. “The Swarm and Rush going head-to-head will be an intense, action-packed, and thrilling game of brother vs. brother. It’s a truly a historic moment – for the sport, the League, and the Thompson Brothers. This is a once in a lifetime and cannot miss event.”

Fans can watch this historic matchup for free on NLLTV.com! To purchase tickets and become a part of history, visit www.georgiaswarm.com/homeopener.   

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