Sunday, August 18, 2019

Brotherly Love: WVU’s dynamic duo

Darius Stills (56) and Dante Stills (55) look on during WVU’s fall camp.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Most brothers don’t get the opportunity to play football alongside each other at the collegiate level, let alone both be key contributors for their team. However, the Stills brothers get a chance to dress for West Virginia and play significant roles for the team.

For Dante, playing on the Mountaineers with Darius is something that is special.

“It’s my older brother,” Dante said. “It’s a dream as a kid to play with your older brother, especially at the next level. I feel like it’s an honor. I have someone to look up to and he has someone to give feedback to that’s younger. I feel like to play with him, it’s a great experience.”

During Darius’ freshman season at WVU, it felt like part of him was missing without his other half.

“It’s like you have another one of you out there so you’re getting comfortable,” Darius said. “My freshman year I was in here by myself and it didn’t feel the same. So when Dante came up my sophomore year, his freshman year, I felt like I had my family back. I had my other half back. Us playing together is just the dynamic duo for having a good season.”

Darius Stills (56) during WVU’s spring practice.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

The connection between Dante and Darius is apparent and the two have continued to grow their bond not just as teammates and brothers but also as roommates.

“We actually do live together,” Dante said. “We’re always together no matter what. It’s like we can never get away from each other.”

For the two brothers, not only are they playing together but close to home. 

Dante and Darius come from 15 miles down the road in Fairmont. The youngest Stills brother loves all the support that has come from this and having a huge support system so close.

Dante Stills (55) takes a knee during WVU’s spring practice.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

“Playing for the state is different than other people coming in and not playing for their state,” Dante said. “Playing for their state, you have people that have watched you grow as an athlete, especially from middle school to high school. A lot of people watched me from high school into my recruiting process and are now watching me. People that have been there my whole life. People that I looked up to are watching me at the next level. It’s just a great feeling to have people around you that support you no matter what, ups and downs. It’s great playing for a state that supports you.”

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