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Top 10 Most Athletic Families in Sports

Athletic ability can be passed down from generation to generation. There are many professional athletes who have been forced to suit up against their own siblings. It is not hard to imagine that a

Athletic ability can be passed down from generation to generation. There are many professional athletes who have been forced to suit up against their own siblings. It is not hard to imagine that a couple of people who were once scrapping around in the backyard together could be just as good as each other. It becomes even easier to believe when you add in the fact they have the same blood running through them.

Over the years we have seen families like the Griffeys, the Barbers, and the Bonds field multiple professional athletes. It brings up the question: which is the most athletic family? Professional athletes are considered to be the best in the world. So much so that people are willing to pay to watch them perform their talents. Therefore, it could be argued the family with the most professional athletes could be the most athletic family in the world.

This article lists the top ten families to produce the most professional athletes. Since most of these families have the same number of players produced, their rank is determined by a few different factors. First is the number of athletes to come from the family. Secondly, the position on the list is determined by how many of the family members played under the same last name. In some cases, different last names will come up due to marriages or things of that nature. Lastly, when two families have an equal number of players with the same last name, it is ranked by how dominant the family as a whole was in their particular sport.

10 The Schofield-Werths

Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) connects for a double during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Space Coast Stadium. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images

9 The Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during the first half of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Images

8 The Alous (The Rojas)

Felipe and Moises Alou

7 The Hairstons

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. (6) makes an out in the eighth inning of the game against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Images

6 The Barrys

Hall of Famer Rick Barry

5 The Browners

Houston Texans offensive tackle Kasey Studdard (54) blocks defensive end Keith Browner (65) during training camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Images

4 The Spinks

Cory Spinks, of St. Louis, lands a right to the face of Miguel Angel Gonzalez, of Mexico.

3 The Matthews

Clay Matthews Sr., Jr., and III

2 The Nessers

From left: Ted, John, Phil, Al, Frank and Fred Nesser.

1 The Sutters

The Sutter Brothers

No family has fielded more professional athletes than the Sutters. Hockey’s best family has produced eight pros. Brian played twelve seasons with the St. Louis Blues and his number is retired by the team. Darryl played eleven years and even coached the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory. Duane won an NHL championship with the New York Islanders. His brother Brent was a teammate at the time as well. Brent was the most successful member of the family. He won two Stanley Cups with the Islanders and scored over 800 points during his career. Twin brothers, Rich and Ron, also spent a number of years in the NHL. From the six brothers came a second wave of Sutters in the NFL. Darryl’s son, Brett played for the Flames and the Hurricanes. His cousin Brandon, who is the son of Brent Sutter, also played for the Hurricanes and is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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