Randy Moss and the Most Exciting Father-Child Sports Combos Ever

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2010

Randy Moss and The Most Exciting Father-Child Sports Combos Ever

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings catches a pass during the third quarter at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/
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    Sydney Moss, daughter of Randy Moss, has been a topic of interest of late because of her superstar father and her basketball playing ability.

    According to reports out of her Kentucky home town, the junior high schooler has received a few scholarship offers to some of the nation's top women's basketball programs.

    In fact, Randy was actually a pretty decent basketball player during his younger years. Sydney and Randy are only the latest in a long list of families with athleticism and talent in their genes.

    Here are the most exciting father-child combos ever.

Honorable Mention: Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Mike Dunleavy Jr.

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    The Dunleavy's only get an honorable mention because Mike Jr. hasn't lived up to his expectations after being drafted No. 3 overall out of Duke University as a sophomore.

    And Mike Sr. is currently out of work in the NBA.

    Despite that, this is still a very basketball-savvy family.

20. Tony Gwynn Sr. and Tony Gwynn Jr.

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    Tony Sr. is one of the best hitters major league baseball has ever seen.

    And his son Tony. Jr. followed in his footsteps into the major leagues.  Junior even plays for his father's old team—the San Diego Padres.

    It's just too bad young Tony can't hit as well as his father.  Junior has lifetime .244 batting average, while Senior has a lifetime .338 average.

19. Bill and Luke Walton

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    You may laugh at the Waltons since Bill has that goofy kind of personality.

    And Luke rarely gets playing time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    But these two have four championships between them, each with a pair of rings.

18. Deion Sanders Sr. and Deion Sanders Jr.

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 29:  NFL commentator Deion Sanders speaks during a broadcast at the Tampa Convention Center on January 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    We all know about Prime Time and the way he set the bar for two-sport athletes.

    Deion was an elite shutdown corner back as well as star outfielder in both the NFL and MLB.

    His son, Deion Sanders, Jr. has now grown up to be a pretty good football player for Flower Mound Marcus High School.

    Watching the youngster play here: video

17. Barry Sanders Sr. and Barry Sanders Jr.

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    DETROIT - DECEMBER 23:  Barry Sanders smiles from the sideline during the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions on December 23, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo byGregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Barry Sr. is arguably one of the best running backs to have ever played the game.

    His son, Barry Jr. will have a lot of pressure with him as father.

    He's still in high school, but he looks like he's well on his way to doing the family name proud.

    Watch footage of Barry Junior here: video

16. Ray Lewis and Ray Lewis III

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 10: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens defends against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Players wore pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Ravens defeated the
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    The elder Lewis has been one of the most-feared linebackers in the league for quite some time.

    But the younger Lewis, also seems to have a knack for football, just like his father.

    Ray III, once tallied a 504 total yards in a high school game and scored two touchdowns.

    That's not all, he also played defense and notched six tackles in that game.

15. Austin and Doc Rivers

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Head coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics talks with Paul Pierce #34 while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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    Doc is an NBA title-winning head coach for the Boston Celtics, and he was a very good point guard during his playing career.

    Son Austin is a highly recruited high school senior that already made some highlights going head-to-head with No. 1 draft pick John Wall, this summer.

    Here's Austin's video taking on John Wall: Austin Rivers

14. Randy and Sydney Moss

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Father, Randy is one of the all-time best pass catchers to have played in the NFL.

    And according to reports, his daughter Sydney also has those great hands. 

    Her sport is basketball, however, and she uses her leaping ability and hands to grab rebounds and handle the basketball.

    As a sophomore, Sydney averaged 22.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

    Watch video of Sydney here: video

13. Darryl and DJ Strawberry

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    MILWAUKEE - JANUARY 22:  (L-R) Marcus Banks #2 and D.J. Strawberry #8 of the Phoenix Suns talk during warmups against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on January 22, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Suns won 114-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Father Darryl was a prolific home run hitter during his prime and was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1980 amateur draft.

    Son, Darryl Junior, also known as DJ, however, fell in love with another sport—basketball.

    DJ has been a fringe player in the NBA and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns.

12. Muhammad and Laila Ali

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    We all know him as the greatest heavyweights to have ever lived.

    But daughter Laila is a pretty decent fighter herself.

    As a boxer she has a perfect 24-0-0 record, with 21 knockouts.  She was a Super Middleweight Champion in 2002.

11. Cecil and Prince Fielder

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 15:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a soft line drive to left field in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros on September 15, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Although Prince is not on speaking terms with his father Cecil, this family has a thing for hitting the baseball out of the park.

    Cecil hit 319 home runs in his career and had a 50 home run season in 1990.

    While, Prince also had a 50 home run season in 2007, after six seasons in the big leagues, the younger Fielder already has totalled 192 home runs.

10. Kobe and Joe Bryant

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    Kobe's made quite a name for himself during his time in the NBA.

    With five NBA championships and multiple awards, he's already among the greatest players to have played the game.

    But the man responsible for teaching him about the sports was his father, former NBA player Joe Bryant.

    Joe spent most of his NBA playing career with the Philadelphia 76ers but became a bigger success playing overseas.

9. The Boones

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    The Boones have been around major league baseball for three generations.

    It starts with Ray Boone—the eldest of the baseball family.

    Then Bob Boone who is the father of Brett and Aaron Boone.

    Brett and Aaron became All-Stars during their baseball careers, just like father Bob and grandfather Ray.

8. Cal Ripken Sr. and Cal Ripken Jr.

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. watches on the sideline prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Flori
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    Cal Sr. spend 36 years with the Baltimore Orioles organization as a player, scout, coach and manager.

    While son Cal Jr. played his entire career with the Orioles.

    He's baseball's iron man, 3000 hit club member, 19-time All-Star and largely considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen to have played the game.

7. Dale Earnhardt Sr, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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    Here are two of racing's finest drivers.

    Senior is a NASCAR Hall of Famer with numerous awards and holds a share of the all-time lead with seven NASCAR championships.

    While his son Dale, Jr. has also made quite a name for himself in racing as a successful and largely popular driver.

6. Felipe Alou and Sons

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    Felipe has a few boys that made it to the majors, but Moises has to be considered the most successful one.

    During the 90's and early 2000's, Moises was one of the best outfielders in major league baseball.

    Moises played for his father, who was a major league manager, with the Montreal Expos and the San Francisco Giants.

5. Bobby and Brett Hull

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    The Hulls are both hockey Hall of Famers.

    Bobby was nicknamed "the Golden Jet" for being one of the best left-wingers in history.  While Brett, nicknamed "the Golden Brett," became one of the best left-wingers in hockey.

    They are the only father-son tandem to have scored 50 goals in the NHL and tally over 600 goals in their careers.

    Brett finished his career third on the NHL all-time scoring list with 741 goals.

4. Rick Barry and Sons

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    Father Rick is an NBA Hall of Famer and named as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in history.  He also won an NBA Chamionship and NBA Finals MVP honors in 1975.

    Rick has three sons, Brent, Jon and Drew that played in the NBA.

    Of the three, Brent had the most successful career, winning two NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005 and 2007.

3. Bobby and Barry Bonds

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    Bobby Bonds was an All-Star outfielder during his playing days and hit 332 home runs and stole 461 bases.

    Barry went on to become baseball's all-time home run leader amid steroid use allegations.  He hit 762 home runs and stole 514 bases in his career.

2. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

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    These two actually played with each other as teammates on the Seattle Mariners.

    Senior won two World Series titles with the Cincinnati Reds and was a three-time All-Star.

    Junior, on the other hand was a much better player, he was selected to the All-Star game 13 times and hit 630 home runs and totalled 2,781 hits in his career.

    However, Junior never won any World Series titles like his father.

1. Archie Manning and Sons

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    Peyton is a four-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game today.

    While, younger brother, Eli is a Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion.

    They both learned to become great quarterbacks from their father—Archie.

    The elder Manning was a Pro Bowl quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.