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NFL Brothers Are Also Part Korean

Posted May. 30, 2006 03:08,   


Brothers of Korean descent will be playing in the National Football League.

They are the New York Giants Will Demps, 27, and Marcus Demps, 23, who recently joined the Detroit Lions.

The Demps brothers, who are expected to follow the success of Hines Ward, were born from African-American father William Demps, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a Korean mother. They both graduated from San Diego State University and both play safety, a defensive position that aims to tackle the offensive player and intercept passes.

Will started for Baltimore, renowned for its fierce defense, for four years, and when he became a free agent early this year, signed with the New York Giants for a 5-year, $12 million contract.

Unlike his older brother who was already famous in college, Marcus was not immediately picked in the NFL draft. Nevertheless, Marcus showed off his talents at rookie camp, where college players who were not drafted participate, and signed with the Lions early this month. In particular, due to his unique intra-racial features, Will has also worked as a model and appeared in music videos, showing off his talent off the field.

Will does not overlook his Korean roots, thanks to his mother, and possesses various ornaments that represent Korean culture, such as a frame with his name written in Korean displayed in his home in San Diego. Will’s love for Korea was also broadcasted through the American music cable TV channel MTV’s hit reality show, “Cribs.”