Being great is never easy. It’s all about the hard work, dedication and work ethic that separate the mediocre from the great and in sports, this holds truer than anywhere else.
Superior athletes who rise up to the occasion and are able to walk away with multiple titles and transcend the game are the people worth looking up to. You can never discredit a guy, or girl, who goes harder than anyone else to be the best.
But that’s not to say that sometimes, it comes easy to people. Those who are blessed enough to come from a long lineage and bloodline of superior athleticism surely have the inside track, but that’s not to demean any of their work. They just have all of the tools, support and most importantly genes to succeed at a high level.
Over the years, we have seen a handful of truly memorable and great families in sports that range everywhere from brothers, to sisters and even parents. Your legacy is the longest lasting thing you leave on this earth. So when you’re able to build that with your own family, you know you’re really something special. These are the 10 most prolific families in sports:
The Johnsons (Pro wrestling)
Who: Peter Maivia (grandfather), Rocky Johnson (father), Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock” (son)
Accomplishments: An estimated $70 million net worth
But who’s the best? The Rock. Duh.
The Gasol Brothers (NBA)
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Who: Pau Gasol (33), Marc Gasol (28)
Pau – 2x NBA champion, 4x NBA All Star, NBA Rookie of the Year (2002), All-NBA Second Team (2011), FIBA World Cup MVP, FIBA Eurobasket MVP, Spanish League Champion, Spanish League Finals MVP, 2x FIBA Europe Player of the Year
Marc – NBA All-Star, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, All-NBA Second Team, Spanish League MVP, Spanish League Champion
But who’s better? Pau. Obviously. But as of now, Marc has a ton of potential.
The Klitschko Brothers (Boxing)
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Who: Vitali Klitschko (42), Wladimir Klitschko (37)
Vitali – 45-2-0 record, 1995 Berlin Super Heavyweight SILVER
Wladimir – 60-3-0 record, 1996 Atlanta Super Heavyweight GOLD, 1996 Vejle Super Heavyweight SILVER
But who’s better? Wladimir. He’s won more, plus he’s banging Hayden Panetierre.
The Harbaughs (NFL)
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Who: John Harbaugh (50), Jim Harbaugh (49)
John – AFC Champion, Super Bowl XLVII Champion (Both as a coach)
Jim – AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1995), Pro Bowl Selection (1995), Fiesta Bowl Champion (1986), Big Ten Player of the Year (1986), AP NFL Coach of the Year (2011), NFC Champion
But who’s better? John. He beat baby bro in the Super Bowl last season.
The Gronkowskis (NFL)
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Who: Rob Gronkowski (24), Chris Gronkowski (26), Dan Gronkowski (28)
Rob – 2x Pro Bowl Selection (2011, 2012), 2x All Pro (2011, 2012), AFC Champion (2011), Most TD Receptions by a tight end in a season (17 in 2011), Most receiving yards by a tight end in a season (2011)
Chris – Ain’t sh*t.
Dan – Honorable mention All-ACC (But that was in college)
But who’s better? Rob, and it’s not even close.
The Jones Brothers (NFL & UFC)
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Who: Chandler Jones (23), Jon Jones (26), Arthur Jones (27)
Chandler – NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (September 2012), All Big East Defensive Player of the Week (2011), 2x All Big East (2010, 2011)
Jon – 18-1-0 record, current UFC light heavyweight champion, overall swag champ
Arthur – 2x First-team All-Big East (2008, 2009), AFC Champion (2012), Super Bowl XLVII Champion
But who’s better? Jon Jones. Just watch UFC 165 this weekend and see why.
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Who: Joe Bryant (58), Kobe Bryant (35)
Joe – 12, 584 career points, 4,012 career rebounds, 1,595 career assists in a 17-year career in the NBA, head coach of the LA Sparks
Kobe – 5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP (2008), 15x NBA All-Star, 4x NBA All-Star Game MVP, 2x NBA Scoring Champion, 11x All-NBA First Team, NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion, Los Angeles Lakers All-Time leading scorer.
But who’s the best? Kobe by a landslide.
The Matthews (NFL)
Who: Clay Sr. (85), Clay Jr. (57), Bruce (son), Clay III (grandson)
Clay Sr. – San Francisco 49ers (1950, 1953-1955)
Clay Jr. – 4x Pro Bowl Selection, 3x All-Pro Selection, 69.5 career sacks, 16 career interceptions
Bruce – 14x Pro Bowl Selection, 10x All-Pro Selection, AFC Champion, NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year, All-time NFL record for most games played by an offensive lineman (296), Hall of Fame inductee
Clay III – 4x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x All-Pro, NFC Defensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl XLV Champion
But who’s the best? As of now, Bruce. But over time, Clay III could pass him up as the greatest Matthews player of all time.
The Williams Sisters (Tennis)
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Who: Serena Williams (31) and Venus Williams (33)
Serena – 5x Australian Open winner, 5x French Open winner, 5x Wimbledon winner, 5x US Open winner, 2012 Olympic Gold, 22 career titles
Venus – 5x Wimbledon winner, 2x US Open winner 2000 Olympic Gold winner, 21 career titles
But who’s better? Serena. Sorry, Venus.
The Mannings (NFL)
Who: Archie Manning (64), Peyton Manning (37), Eli Manning (32)
Archie – 2x Pro Bowl Selection, 1x All-Pro, NFC Offensive Player of the Year
Peyton – 12x Pro Bowl Selection, 6x AP First-Team All-Pro, 4x NFL MVP, AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year, 7x AFC Offensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl XLI MVP & Champion, Future Hall of Famer
Eli – 3x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP
But who’s better? Technically, Eli has more rings. But Peyton is miles ahead.
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