Brady Feigl and Brady Feigl were waiting for the results of the DNA test to come in. They were identical, looking at each other was like looking in a mirror. Everyone wondered how was it possible that they had the same name and looked alike, but they hadn’t grown up together? When the results came in, their stomachs were in knots. What if their parents were lying about it for all these years?
Brady Feigl (who we’ll refer to as Brady no1 in this text) came from Dallas, Texas. For as long as he could remember, he was passionate about baseball. Being tall with an athletic build and a straight-A student meant that his mother loved to boast about him to everyone. He had always trusted his parents. But that changed when he met the other Brady.
Brady Fiegl (Brady no2) was a fun-loving guy and the class joker. He came from Houston, Texas. Like Brady 1, he loved baseball from an early age. His parents had adopted him when he was just a baby, and they gave him everything he asked for. But, Brady always wondered about his life before he was adopted… Who exactly were his birth parents? Did he have brothers and sisters that he didn’t know about? When he saw Brady 1, he had a feeling they were connected.
A Common Passion
Both Bradys played baseball during their teenage years and beyond. They both got accepted to the University of Texas in Arlington. Brady 1 majored in political science, and Brady 2 in accountancy. Even though they were both getting good grades, they still made time for baseball. They went on to play for the Texas Rangers in Arlington, and that’s exactly when they met.
Their coach thought it was hilarious that he had two players who he couldn’t tell apart, at least at first. But, it wasn’t long before coaching them became a problem. When he called for one Brady, both would reply. It was getting extremely annoying.
Is it just a Coincidence?
Coach Johnson, becoming increasingly frustrated, said: “you guys really have to figure out if you’re related or not because you’re both equally annoying!” The two Bradys had a disturbing thought: maybe there was more to them just looking alike and having the same name. It couldn’t just be a coincidence, right?
Fred & George
The Bradys’ baseball team always joked about the redheaded “twins.” They called them Fred and George (after Ron Weasley’s twin redheaded brothers in Harry Potter) in order to make a difference between them. Brady 2 was the class clown, so they played up the joke.
When Joking Goes Too Far
The Fred and George jokes continued, but the Bradys grew uncomfortable. They began to suspect they may actually be related. They had to find out the truth one way or another.
Are They Twins?
The two Bradys sat down after their teammate’s jokes and talked about actually being twins. They were, after all, the same height, both wore glasses, and had the same sense of humor. The only difference was their eye color. Brady no2’s eyes were blue and Brady no1’s were hazel. But, Brady no2 was adopted and Brady no1’s mother had blue eyes. When they were offered to see if their parents had lied, they just had to know.
In 2018, Inside Edition found out about the doppelgangers and arranged an interview. The Bradys revealed yet another similarity: they both had the same surgical procedure on their elbows. It was even performed by the same doctor! In fact, that was when the Bradys found out about each other for the first time.
Dr. Dave Andrews, who performed the surgery, was confused by the doppelgangers. He called Brady no2, thinking he was Brady no1. “The way we found about it actually was through Dr. Andrew,’ explained Brady no2. “He’s the guy who performed our surgeries.” Brady no2 already knew that there was someone who had the same name as him.
“I was seven months out of surgery when their office called, ‘Hey, when’s Brady reporting for surgery?’ Our trainer was like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Brady no2 explained. When Inside Edition aired the story of the two Bradys, people went crazy.
“The week that it hit TV, my phone blew up,” Brady no2 said. The notifications were so intrusive that he had to put it on airplane mode. The buzz on social media grew. Everyone said that they were “long-lost twins separated at birth.”
Their fans were so obsessed with the possibility that the two were related that they set up a Kickstarter in order to pay for a DNA test. They agreed to it and knew that this was the defining moment, they can’t go back now.
The Inside Edition returned to interview them for the second time. They captured the moment the Bradys placed their saliva samples in the test tubes. It was tense.
It turned out that some Fiegels had come to America from Germany. So, it was very likely that they had descended from a German family. But that revelation didn’t lead them anywhere. They were more curious now than ever before.
They knew that the results would be life-changing if it turned out they were twins separated at birth. They were nervous when they read the results. The results showed they did have a lot of similarities.
When they looked through their DNA, the two Feigl’s saw that they both had the same amount of Germanic ancestry at 53%. That’s where their matching surname came from. So, were they really twins?
The similarities stopped at the Bradys’ shared German ancestry, because Brady no2 had 2% Irish/Scottish ancestry, while Brady no1 had 10%. They finally found out they definitely were not twins. They were taken aback by the results but were glad their parents hadn’t lied to them.
They became very close friends throughout the years and still have nicknames, Fred and George. Their experience bonded them forever. Despite not actually being blood-related, the redheaded doppelgangers still call each other brothers.
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