It’s not easy following in your father’s footsteps regardless of your profession, but for these athletes the task was that much greater. On one hand, there must be a tremendous sense of pride in knowing that you and your father or son both got to realize your dreams and be successful as pro athletes. On the other hand, the inevitable comparisons and media pressure can put a strain not only on careers, but also on family life. All the athletes on this list overcame these challenges, and in some cases the son ultimately outshone their father’s professional sports career.
10 Ken Norton Sr. and Ken Norton Jr. - Boxing and Football
Defeating Muhammad Ali in a boxing match is no easy feat. Breaking his jaw in the process seems near impossible, but that’s what Ken Norton Sr. did. The fight became known as 'The Jawbreaker.' During the 1970s Norton Sr. was a feared fighter, winning 42 of his 50 bouts, none more impressive than his victory over Ali. The younger Norton eschewed the ring for the football field where he became a formidable linebacker for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. During his career Norton Jr. was named to 3 Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro selection twice and won four Super Bowls in a row, three with Dallas and one with San Francisco.
9 Felipe and Moises Alou - Baseball
8 Calvin and Grant Hill - Football and Basketball
An example of a multi-sport family, the elder Calvin Grant was a dominant running back for the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1970s winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1969, and the Super Bowl with them in 1971. During his career, in which he also played in Washington and Cleveland, Calvin Hill amassed 6,083 rushing yards, was voted to four Pro Bowl teams and was named to two All-Pro teams. He set a Cowboys record in 1972 by becoming the first running back in team history to break the 1,000-yard barrier.
7 Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - NASCAR
6 Cecil and Prince Fielder - Baseball
5 Archie and Peyton/Eli Manning - Football
4 Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. - Baseball
3 Gordie and Mark Howe - Hockey
2 Bobby and Barry Bonds - Baseball
1 Bobby and Brett Hull - Hockey
The most formidable father and son duo in sports goes to Bobby and Brett Hull. During their respective careers both were among the best goal scorers of their time. Nicknamed the ‘Golden Jet’ Bobby Hull scored a total of 610 goals and 1,170 points in 1,063 games. A ten-time All-Star and Stanley Cup champion, Bobby also led the league in scoring three times, and won the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Filling such enormous skates would be impossible for most sons, but not Brett Hull. Earning the nickname the ‘Golden Brett’ in homage to his father, Brett finished his career third all time in goals scored with 741, behind only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. Between the 1989-90 and 1991-92 season Brett scored over 70 goals three straight times. The 1990-91 season saw him score an incredible 86 goals helping him win the Hart Trophy just as his father had years before. Beyond the personal achievements Brett accumulated during his career he also retired a two-time Stanley Cup champion. He joined his father in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, cementing the Hulls as the greatest father/son duo in sports.
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