Lebanon, Ore., mom shares sons football dreams

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LEBANON, Ore. (AP) - When twin brothers Paul and Pat McQuistan were 8 years old, their older sister challenged them at a local running track, saying she would run twice as far as they did.

She had to stop them at seven miles.

That’s when their mother, Terrie, first realized the competitiveness - with each other and in general - of her red-haired sons, born six minutes apart on April 30, 1983.

But today, when Paul - now 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds - steps onto MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, N. J., as an offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, his brother Pat will be cheering as loudly as anyone in the stadium.

As an NFL player himself over the last eight years, Pat (6-6, 317 pounds) knows full well the pressures his brother will face as the Seahawks, 15-3, take on the Denver Broncos, 15-3, led by Super Bowl XLI-winning champion quarterback Peyton Manning.

“They have always been competitive with each other, but they are each other’s biggest fans,” Terrie McQuistan said last week from her home in Lebanon.

McQuistan lives in the same house her seven children grew up in on Grant Street, although it has been completely remodeled, thanks to her sons.

“They offered to build me a new house,” she said from the family room that was once a two-car garage. “I don’t know why I didn’t take them up on it.”

Three large couches provide comfortable spaces for family members to watch games on a big-screen TV on the Sundays when they can’t get to Seattle.

Photos, helmets and other NFL memorabilia - including a football signed by Paul and Pat - decorate the home.

Terrie and several other family members will be at the Super Bowl, and although she doesn’t like to bother her sons on game day, she plans to text Paul about 90 minutes before kickoff:

“Are you excited? I hope you can take a few minutes and soak in all you have done and what it means to be where you are. I’m so very proud of you. Enjoy your week and your game. Play safe, play smart and savor the memories you’re making. God has truly blessed all our dreams and your deep desires and determination. Love, Mom”

And, as she has for many years, she will be waving one of two gray T-shirts Paul and Pat wore under their football jerseys at Lebanon High School.

“They went shopping for something to wear under their shoulder pads and came home with this,” Terrie said with a broad grin, holding up a shirt with an imprint that reads, “Mommy’s Little Stinker.”

Terrie said she takes the jersey to every game and waves it.

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