Two draft picks are part of a matching set
The Steelers locker room can now be called 'Twins-burgh'
By Teresa Varley Jun 26, 2020

(This article first appeared in the most recent issue of Steelers Digest)

Its name on a map is Pittsburgh, and to Steelers fans who remember the early 1990s it's sometimes referred to as Blitzburgh. And now, in the Steelers locker room, the city we call home can be known as 'Twins-burgh.'

The reason is simple. After the 2020 NFL Draft the Steelers now have three players on the roster who are one of a set of twins. Everyone knows about Maurkice Pouncey and his twin brother, Mike Pouncey. But he now is joined by two rookies who have twin brothers, fourth-round pick Kevin Dotson and seventh-round pick Carlos Davis, whose twin brother, Khalil Davis, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

You don't have to ask Kevin Dotson to identify his best friend. It's a given. It's his twin brother, Kenny Dotson.

"That's the thing about it," said Dotson. "Having a twin, you are born with a best friend already. You have a head start on everybody else. Having that close bond, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. He is the person I am closest to. Everything we have done we have done together.

"I think the most fun thing is knowing you have someone to do something with any time of the day. When we were younger you didn't have to have a cell phone or any type of social media to say, let's go to the park. That is guaranteed time right there to have someone to hang out with."

He is nicer than I am. I am not mean at all, but my brother does a lot. I am nice, but the thing about is my brother is a different level of nice. There is a chance I might say no. there isn’t a chance my brother will say no. - Kevin Dotson

While Kevin went to Louisiana, Kenny attended Nicholls State University. They didn't play against each other in college, but that didn't mean they weren't competitive, especially when they were both at West Point High School in Mississippi.

"We have been competitive since the womb," said Dotson. "We were in there fighting for food. I already knew. We never went against each other head-to-head or one-on-one. When he was on offense, I was on offense, when he was on defense, I was on defense. We never got a chance to go against each other.

"I played with him since I started playing sports. In little league up to high school. He was a center. I was a guard. We were always near each other. They had some plays where we didn't have to say anything, we just looked at each other and knew stuff was about to happen. We didn't have to communicate. It was that twin telepathy thing. We didn't have to verbally say it, but we could tell what was going on."

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Like Dotson, Carlos Davis said being a twin is one of the greatest things because you always have a best friend right there beside you, someone you can always count on and depend on from Day 1.

"That's the closest you could ever get to someone," said Davis. "The weirdest bond you could ever have is being a twin. You pick up on things that the other does. You do certain things without realizing the other person did it. You have a feel for it.

"It's amazing. I don't know if I could have done it without having a best friend there along the way. There were some hard times there. It was always nice to have someone there to reassure you. I knew if he didn't give up, I wasn't giving up."

The weirdest bond you could ever have is being a twin. You pick up on things that the other does. You do certain things without realizing the other person did it. You have a feel for it. - Carlos Davis

Carlos is the older of the Davis' twins by a whopping five minutes. He jokes that he picks on his 'younger' brother and says that Khalil is the "baby of the family."

"I take on the role of being the big brother, the older one," said Carlos. "I only pick on him when he does baby brother stuff." The Davis twins are identical and have had to deal with some of the things identical twins deal with, which meant dressing alike as kids. "My mom used to dress us alike," said Davis. "Then it got old. We thought that it wasn't cool when we were teenagers, even going to middle school, and that got old quick. We're identical, but we are starting to look different as we are getting older. But even now we swap clothes all of the time." Despite the fact that they don't look as much alike as they did when they were kids, the Davis' brothers can still fool people easily. "New people are going to struggle a lot," said Davis. "There were times when we got people who knew us, and we tricked them. Sometimes it was good, and sometimes it was bad. It would only last for about 10 minutes and then some people know."

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