The 3 Most Memorable Father-Son Combinations in Sports

June 14, 2013 2 Comments

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This Father’s Day weekend we celebrate the man of the family that took us to ballgames, taught us to shave, and inspired us to work hard. Nothing is more rewarding in a child’s life than to feel their father’s pride.

In sports, most great athletes have an awesome dad who helped them grow and learn. In some cases, their father was also a great athlete. See who we think are the most memorable father-son combos in football, baseball and basketball.

1)    The Manning Family Quarterbacks: Father Archie Manning played quarterback for the New Orlean Saints during the 70’s, enduring some of Saint’s worst seasons despite being a 2-time Pro Bowler. His two most successful sons are Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Both sons have out-performed their dad in their professional accomplishments. Eli, the youngest of the two, has won 2 Super Bowls (XLII & XLVI) with the Giants and has been a 3-time Pro Bowler. Eli’s older brother Peyton, had a stellar career playing with the Indianapolis Colts before becoming a Bronco. Although Peyton only has one Super Bowl ring (XLI), he is a 12-time Pro Bowler and a 4-time AP NFL MVP. Peyton’s personal NFL achievements outshine his younger brother Eli, but Eli still has many years left in his tank. Both Peyton and Eli are also fathers themselves. Peyton has twins (a boy and a girl) and maybe one day Marshall Manning will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

2)    Ken Griffey Jr and Ken Griffey Sr: Few baseball fans will forget the excitement around the Seattle Mariners’ #1 pick in the 1987 draft. Ken Griffey Jr would make his first appearance in the big leagues in 1989. His father Ken Griffey Sr had made a name for himself in the big leagues – a 3-time All-Star for the Cincinatti Reds during the “Big Red Machine” era winning two World Series Championships. The Griffey’s would get a chance to play together on the same team when Ken Griffey Sr was signed by the Mariners at the end of the 1990 season. Their first game played together was on August 31, 1990 against the Kansas City Royals where they hit back-to-back singles. Then on September 14, 1990 against the California Angels, they hit back-to-back homers – first by Griffey Sr followed by Griffey Jr. They are the only father-son duo to achieve this feat in the MLB. Ken Griffey Jr’s career would finish his marvelous career with 630 home runs (6th all-time) and countless other achievements, except he never was able to capture a World Series ring like his father did.

3)    Dell and Stephen Curry: After 4 seasons in the NBA, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry has become an impact player and leader on his team. Although injuries plagued him during his 3rd year in the NBA, he came back during the 2012-13 season stronger than ever. During a game against the Knicks on February 27,2013 he scored 54 points on a franchise-record 11 three-pointers. Steph Curry finished the 2012-13 season by breaking the all-time single-season NBA record for most three pointers. He made 272 three pointers, passing Ray Allen’s 269 record set in 2005-06 season. Steph’s dad, Dell Curry was also known for his long range shooting abilities when he played for the Charlotte Hornets during the 80’s and 90’s. During the 1998-99 season, Dell led the NBA with the highest three-point field goal percentage (47.59%) and was the NBA Sixth Man of the year in 1994. Dell’s son Seth looks to have a very promising career ahead of him that will likely outshine his father’s career. See other top father-son combos in the NBA

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