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One of the few things in life you can count on is family, and some athletes have to count on their siblings to succeed in their respective sports. We broke down the greatest sports brothers and sisters to see which family genes have have the most impact in professional athletics.
We wanted to keep the list to just five, but we had to mention a few family teams that just didn't make our top five.
First, we have Bob and Mike Bryan. These two brothers have been tearing up tennis doubles for the past few years and were at the top of their game when they won Olympic gold in London this summer. Also, JR Smith, the polarizing Knicks player, decided to stay in New York City for another season, and the Knicks thanked him by signing his brother, Chris Smith.
At No. 5, we have the four Staal brothers. The Staals are the most elite hockey family on the planet, with two Staals on the Carolina Hurricanes, one in New York on the Rangers and the youngest in the Boston Bruins system. The Staal family already has two Stanley Cups to their name—who knows how many they can collect before all four retire?
At No. 4, we discussed the Upton brothers, who have taken the MLB by storm. Justin Upton has put up solid numbers out in Arizona, while B.J. Upton has helped reignite the Tampa Bay Rays over the past few years.
At No. 3, we have the double Spanish sensations known as the Gasol brothers. Both Pau and Marc played for Spain in the gold-medal game in London this summer but unfortunately were not able to steal the gold from the United States. Pau will continue to dominate Los Angeles with his new teammates Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, while Marc will try to carry the Memphis Grizzlies to the next level.
At No. 2, we have the most decorated of all the sports siblings on this list: Venus and Serena Williams. At their peak, the two were unstoppable in tennis doubles, going 21-1 in tournament finals. They have many Grand Slam titles between the two of them, and now after Serena's dominating performance in London, they both have individual gold medals.
At No. 1, Peyton and Eli Manning exemplify the pocket passer and over the past 14 years have been on the minds of all NFL fans. They have four Super Bowl appearances between the two of them and have won three. Obviously, famed Saints QB Archie Manning taught these boys a thing or two when they were growing up.