There are many great father/son duos all over the sporting map. They always say that having good genes is important if you have designs on becoming a professional athlete and it is hard to get much better genes than having a dad who was a pro himself.
In a slightly belated nod to fathers everywhere, here is a look at some of the best father/son sporting combos we have seen to date.
NBA – Dell/Steph/Seth Curry
Attempting to not give in to the newness of this choice but it is hard to argue against the Dell/Steph/Seth Curry combination being the best father/son/son combo the NBA has ever seen.
Steph Curry continues to write his legacy as a premier player and one of the top point guards in the history of the game. Dell was a better player than anyone remembers and a key sixth man who at one point was the holder of a bunch of major all-time records for the Charlotte Hornets.
The addition of Seth is a bonus – Dell/Steph would win this regardless – but he transitioned from an afterthought into a solid knockdown shooter over the course of his career in the league.
NFL – Archie/Peyton/Eli Manning
The Long and Matthews’ clans get a nod here, but the legacy of the First Family of football pushes them over the edge.
The crazy thing about the Manning family is that patriarch Archie threw for over 23,000 yards with a couple of Pro Bowls yet he is comfortable as the least decorated of the three. Eli has a couple of Super Bowl wins and over 57,000 yards passing – he was also the kryptonite for Tom Brady – while Peyton was a 14-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl winner, and his five MVP awards rank him behind probably only Brady as the best quarterback of all-time.
Watch for Archie’s grandson (and Peyton/Eli’s nephew) Arch to eventually continue this legacy.
MLB – Bobby/Barry Bonds
The MLB is probably the greatest legacy sport of them all. The league is filled with duos that have both been stars and the Bobby and Barry Bonds just pip the Griffeys and the Fielders for me.
Barry took the league by storm, initially as a player that could hit for average and pop while being an outstanding runner and base stealer. However, Barry became one of the more polarizing figures in the entire sporting world as his career progressed through the steroid years, with his 762 home runs and 162.8 WAR being only part of his legacy.
This is a shame in many ways because father Bobby was another outstanding multi-tool player. He was a three-time all-star and three-time Gold Glove award winner as a star of the league for 14 years.
Soccer – Frank Lampard Sr./Frank Jr.
It is weird that in a sport as big as soccer there has been no father/son duo to completely steal the show at the international level. The closest is probably the two Franks, with one being a one-club legend and the other one of the greatest attacking midfielders of all time.
Frank Sr. played over 500 games for West Ham United, mainly as a left-back. His career spanned from 1967 to 1984 and he was still an effective player when he retired. Frank Jr. started at West Ham before making a controversial move to bitter rivals Chelsea. It was the right move, though, with Lampard Jr. becoming one of the most decorated players in the history of the club, an international stalwart for England, and going down as one of the greatest Premier League players of all time.
Premier Players article by Steve Wright