On Saturday, New England Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister answered a question about his twin brotherCody Hollister that made fans worried about the Patriots wide receiver.
Jacob revealed after New England’s third training camp practice that Cody, who was waived with an injury designation earlier this week and later placed on the Patriots’ reserve/non-football injury list, will undergo back surgery.
“He’s doing really good,” Jacob Hollister said. “He’s just leaning on God, and that’s how it is. He’s going to get back surgery, and he’s feeling great.”
While Cody Hollister will miss the entire 2018 season, his brother said he expects him to make a full recovery.
“I’ve got all the confidence in the world in my brother,” Jacob Hollister said. “He’s a warrior. I expect him to be out on the field next year for sure.”
The Hollister twins both joined the Patriots as undrafted free agents last May. Jacob earned a roster spot as New England’s third tight end, while Cody became part of the practice squad.
Jacob was quickly noticed during Patriots spring practice and has impressed so far in training camp, as well. He has a good chance of unseating Dwayne Allen as New England’s No. 2 tight end behind Rob Gronkowski.
The Hollister brothers shared the football field for most of their lives, bringing their incredible bond with them. They had their own checks and signals, often unbeknownst to their coaches, and rode their success to a state title their senior year at Mountain View High in Bend, Oregon.
But they eventually had to split. One signed for the Wyoming Cowboys, the other for Arkansas Razorbacks. Then, they caught Bill Belichick’s attention and both signed for the New England Patriots.
“All of a sudden we were both with the Patriots and both kind of shell-shocked, hugging it out,” said Cody.
“To both still end up here, it’s crazy. We’re with the best organization in football,” added Jacob.
While they still may not be stars, the twins agree on one thing – they wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything.