Colorado Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis' brother, Caleb, picked to start for the Miami Dolphins

Nathan and Caleb Sturgis take soccer and football to the professional ranks

Nathan and Caleb Sturgis

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Courtesy Nathan Sturgis

Question: What do Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League have in common?

Answer: They each have a member of the Sturgis family as a starter on their team.

In a year that Rapids midfielder Nathan Sturgis has set personal single-season career highs in games started, minutes played, and goals scored, one of his younger brothers, Caleb, was tabbed by the Miami Dolphins to be their first-choice place kicker when the NFL season begins this weekend.

"It's been a good year," Nathan told ColoradoRapids.com. "For me it's been a good year, and to see Caleb get drafted by the Dolphins, and then make it through preseason and to be the starter come week one, it's really exciting. I'm really happy for him."

Nathan (above left) and Caleb (above right) grew up with four other siblings in St. Augustine, Florida - all playing soccer all the way through high school.

The oldest, Lydia, went on to play at William & Mary.

Next in line was Luke, who played collegiately at Flagler College.

Two years later, Nathan followed by playing at Clemson University.

Then Caleb, who played soccer and kicked field goals in high school, accepted a scholarship to kick for the University of Florida. In April the Dolphins selected Caleb in the fifth round of the NFL Draft and last month the 24-year-old took the position from six-year veteran Dan Carpenter by going 9/9 on field goals during the preseason, including a 58-yarder.

Nathan admits to not being much of a football fan growing up, other than following his school, Clemson, and Caleb at Florida. He says he likes watching the NFL, but until this year, neither he nor his family had a favorite team.

"Everyone is a Dolphins fan now," Nathan said. "I'm definitely going to get a Sturgis Miami jersey. The NFL is about as big as it gets in the U.S. so it's going to be really cool to watch Caleb on Sunday."

Oh, and for good measure, Nathan's youngest brother, Mark, also played soccer and kicked field goals in high school, but ankle injuries prevented him from continuing to play in college. And finally, the youngest Sturgis, Mary, is currently playing soccer at Jacksonville University.

Right - Sturgis family 2005: Top row (L-R): Mark, Caleb, Luke, Nathan. Bottom row (L-R): Mary, Smiley, Karen, Lydia