In most families there are only so many talent genes to go around. Look at the Brady Bunch. Poor Bobby had no chance of being cool with a groovy older brother like Greg in the house. And middle sister Jan will never be as hot as older sister Marcia. Musician Chris Jagger will never rock like brother Mick. Nor will Lola and Concepción Picasso ever paint like brother Pablo. There is only so much talent to go around.
Sports genes are no different. For every Eli and Peyton Manning and Yadier and Jose Molina – brothers with championships - there are countless sets of brothers with one sibling athletically superior to the other. One family member gets the high quality athletic DNA while the siblings settle for genetic scraps. And not only do the undiluted athletic genes go to one sibling, the nuisance genetic markers tend to pool in another. When your DNA is made up of TMZ rather than ESPN, your athletic career could be in trouble. When your highlight stats include more 911 calls than Top 10 plays, your athletic career could be in trouble.
To be fair, not all underperforming brothers are juiced up on HGH and TMZ. Some simply are not as good as their brother. Wayne Gretzky’s brother Keith had a respectable career in the NHL and Canadian professional leagues. Hall of Fame member Tony Gwynn’s brother Chris played ten years in the majors. Not too shabby.
The following list celebrates the less fortunate brothers. Some of have been raked across the Internet coals and deservedly so. Others did not live up to the hype, possibly set up by their better performing athletic brothers. The goal of the list is not to pile on these less gifted athletes but to relive their modest accomplishments and discover what they are up to today. Some are still in sports while others have joined the rest of us in the real world. Read on to discover what happened to ten brothers of gifted athletes.
10 Ralf Schumacher
9 Jamie Murray
While an accomplished double player, older brother Jamie has never been able to match the ability of younger brother Andy. Both have won major championship on their home soil, but Andy's victory was just a little bit larger. Jamie took home the mixed doubles championship in 2007 with partner Jelena Janković, while Andy was the first Englishman to win the Wimbledon singles title since 1936. The two have played double tennis together, winning two doubles titles together.
8 Jared Staal
7 Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip is the enigmatic brother of 3-time NASCAR champ Darrell Waltrip. Michael has had some success behind the wheel, winning the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003. His Daytona win in 2001 broke a winless streak of 462 Cup races. The 2001 win was overshadowed by the death of Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the race.
6 Ramon Martinez
5 Darren Flutie
4 Dan McGwire
At 6 feet 8 inches tall, Dan McGwire is still the tallest quarterback to ever start an NFL game. Coming out of San Diego State in 1991, McGwire was the first quarterback taken with the 16th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks. Oops. Brett Favre was available and ended up going to the Atlanta Falcons with the 6th pick in the 2nd round (33rd overall pick). Surprisingly, Favre was the third quarterback picked in that draft. Any guesses who the second quarterback taken in the 1991 draft was? Todd Marinovich picked by Al Davis and the Raiders with the 24th pick.
3 Jeremy Giambi
Jeremy Giambi was a journeyman player drafted in 1996 in the 6th round by the Kansas City Royals. Perhaps best known for his part in the famous “flip play” in the 2001 ALDS, Giambi was attempting to score from first base on a ball smoked down the right field line by Terrence Long. As Giambi rounded third base, it appeared the throw from Yankees right fielder Shane Spencer was offline. Way offline. As we know, Derek Jeter came from seemingly nowhere to retrieve the errant throw and make an impossible flip to Jorge Posada who tagged Giambi on the foot as he was about to cross home plate. One could argue the play is more about Derek Jeter’s athletic brilliance than Giambi’s lack of base running skill, but if Giambi heeded A’s player Ramon Hernandez advice to slide, he probably would have been safe.
Jeremy’s best season was in 2002 when he hit 20 HRs split between Oakland and the Phillies. Like his brother Jason, Jeremy Giambi had an appetite for steroids. He too was listed in the 2007 Mitchell Report along with 88 other players, including Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. On top of that, in 2001, he was busted at a Las Vegas airport for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
2 Marcus Vick
Maybe the most athletically talented of the athletes profiled in this piece, Marcus Vick may have been the biggest bust. After a rocky career at Virginia Tech in the mid-2000s, Vick entered the NFL in 2006 as an undrafted free agent. He officially appeared in one NFL game on December 25th, 2006, lining up as a receiver for the Miami Dolphins against the NY Jets. He had zero receptions and the Dolphins subsequently released him in 2007.
Off the field, Marcus Vick had an eye for talent. He married Real Housewife of Atlanta star Delicia Cordon. The same Delicia Cordon who has been linked to Dwyane Wade and Floyd Mayweather.
Marcus is active on Twitter. In 2013, he famously tweeted during a game that the Eagles were making the wrong choice starting QB Nick Foles over brother Michael. Of course Marcus - @MVFive - used some inappropriate words during that Twitter rant that can’t be used here. Perhaps this and other Twitter rants were alcohol and or drug fueled. Marcus has been in trouble with the law for multiple DUIs and spent a total of 40 days in prison on three different occasions.
1 Ozzie Canseco
Ozzie Canseco is Jose Canseco, until he steps on the baseball field. Then the resemblance disappears. The NY Yankees drafted Ozzie in the second round in 1983 as a pitcher. He appeared as a fielder in 24 games with the A’s and Cardinals in the early 1990s. While he never hit a big league homerun, he did go yard 48 times in one season in the minors.
Jose and Ozzie still look remarkably alike. In 2005, Ozzie appeared on VH1’s The Surreal Life acting as a Jose Canseco imposter. Posing as Jose got Ozzie and Jose into legal trouble in 2011, when Jose was booked to fight in a celebrity-boxing match in Hollywood, FL. Jose sent brother Ozzie to fill in for him. It almost worked until savvy spectators noticed tattoos were missing on the Canseco torso. Jose is inked, Ozzie is not. Busted.
Today is Ozzie is attempting to return to baseball as a manager of the Edinburg Roadrunners of the United League in Texas.
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