In the 30-second clip, titled “Bro,” the Etienne brothers get together for a training session and lunch (at Chipotle, of course). Throughout the video, Travis is constantly pushing Trevor to improve, even going as far as advising the amount of knots on his shoelaces.
But things change when the two begin ordering some food. Trevor lays down a confident and well-balanced order — a bowl with white rice, chicken, mild salsa, cheese and lettuce — and Travis quickly compliments him.
While the moment is 100% manufactured, it’s not far from what goes on in reality. ESPN Staff Writer David Hale wrote a feature on the brothers leading up to the Florida-Georgia game, and it’s clear that Travis only pushes Trevor so he can be better than him when the story is all written.
And, yes, the two call each other bro quite often. Hale opens with the story of both brothers texting each other during moments of great doubt. The first words of each message: Bro.
— Travis Etienne Jr⁶𓅓 (@swaggy_t1) October 10, 2023
Connected by blood and name, the Etienne brothers have already reached terrific heights, albeit through different paths. Travis had to face the ins and outs of college football with zero experience. Talent and hard work led him to a prolific career at Clemson and now he’s a budding young star in the NFL.
Trevor might go farther, though. He’s more polished than Travis was at the same age and should be among the SEC’s top rushers next season. The six-year age gap allowed Trevor to learn with his brother.
“Trevor had a cheat code,” a former Clemson player said to Hale. “He had a front-row seat to just absorb everything Travis might not have even known he was given — all that experience and wisdom and expertise.”
Funny enough, Travis was the one who told Trevor not to go to Clemson. Being the supportive big brother he is, Travis wanted Trevor to carve his own path. Despite facing constant comparisons, Trevor never shrunk in the shadow of his brother.
Having a big brother like Travis simply motivated Trevor to be even better.
“No matter what I do, I’ll still be his little brother,” Trevor said. “But I looked at it as someone to look up to. Him setting all those records was just pushing me, showing me what could be done.”
Trevor is splitting carries with Montrell Johnson Jr. right now at Florida, but it’s clear that Etienne is the most dynamic piece of the Gators’ running game. He’ll be draft-eligible next season and leading the charge, assuming Johnson turns pro this offseason.
Hopefully, Trevor can break some of Travis’ records with the Gators.