Hard-nosed offensive lineman Bruce Matthews entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Jake Matthews will seek to emulate his dad after the Atlanta Falcons selected him sixth overall in the 2014 draft. No pressure, kid.
Many professional athletes have groomed their sons to learn their craft and pursue a future in pro sports. Most failed, while many other sons found marginal careers. Few father-son pairs have enjoyed significant individual success in comparable measure, but these 12 sports families rose above all others.
For this list, fathers who had multiple successful sons merit higher consideration, as do dads who found success in a different sport than their offspring chose. Individual accomplishments like All-Star appearances also carry more weight than team accomplishments like winning championships, though multiple rings are hard to refute.
For example, while Brent Barry won a pair of titles with the Spurs and the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest title, he never made an All-Star appearance. His achievements combined with those of his father, Rick Barry, did not measure up to the paternal duos highlighted on this countdown, and Jon Barry only merits a mention for his competency as a TV analyst.
These 12 families run the gamut of sports from baseball's Boones to football's Mannings, but the connection between father and son, both natural and nurtured, unites them all.