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Triple-double trouble for Greenbrier football

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All three sets of Greenbrier's twin brothers take in their picture day together. GLAVINE DAY

If you look at Greenbrier's roster, you might notice that there are a lot of brothers on the team, which isn't all that surprising.

Almost always, siblings play the same sports and go to the same school, sometimes even at the same time. What makes the Greenbrier football team different, is they have three different sets of twins on the team.

This isn't including the extras who also have a twin, but their twin doesn't play football or is of the opposite sex.

The two oldest sets are both seniors: Payton and Parker Brown and Toby and Tanner Lynch, while Andy and Kenny Li are both freshmen.

Despite all six having one, huge thing in common, the six twins are all different from each other.

Payton and Parker are the oldest set of twins; born April 2, 2000. Payton is three minutes older than Parker, but the two are best friends.

Not only are they on the football field together, but the two were also a part of the 2017 Greenbrier baseball team that celebrated their 50th year, District 9-AA champs and Region 5-AA champs.

During baseball season, every player always has their throwing partner and never throws with anyone else, so naturally Payton and Parker are also throwing partners.

"It's always nice knowing you have a friend around," Payton said. "We pretty much do everything together. Sometimes we even have the same dreams, it's pretty weird."

Toby and Tanner Lynch are the outgoing pair. Toby and Tanner were born on June 10, 2000, which makes them twice as much twin, considering they fall under the Gemini zodiac.

These two are the ones always making sure everyone is on their toes. If there's laughter going on at a Greenbrier football event, you can bet one of these brothers is very close by. Toby and Tanner are also duel-athletes, going far into the TSSAA Wrestling State Tournament their junior year.

Kenny and Andy are the two youngest twins, born November 11, 2003, with Kenny one minute older than Andy. While twin telepathy is not exactly totally real, they say they have a lot of moments where one will walk up to the other to tell him something, and before he can say it, his twin will take the words out of his mouth, but they chalk it up to just being around each other all the time.

The one thing they all can relate to is getting mistaken for their brother all the time. "Sometimes even when they say Payton, I'll still turn because they could actually be talking to me," Parker said.

Head coach John Elmore said this isn't the only twin phenomenon Greenbrier has seen, but over the years, multiple sets of twins have come through Greenbrier. Last season, there was another Brown duo. So, not only were there three sets of twins on the team last season, but two of them had the last name Brown and were not related.

"It's interesting," Elmore said. "With Toby and Tanner, they've been with me four years. They're the guys to keep everyone loose. Payton and Parker have been with us for four years, too. They're really close and almost always together. Kenny and Andy are close, but have no problem going off and doing their own thing."

"It's really awesome," Andy said. "Kenny is my oldest friend, and having a twin is like having a friend since the moment you were born."

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