This past Sunday was Father’s Day 2014 and so in honor of the annual salute to ‘Pop’ its only right we debate which family holds the title of the NFL’s ‘Best father/son tandem ever’. There is serious competition towards the top.
The Manning Family
Father Archie Manning was never a superstar player, but then again, he never truly was on a team with much talent surrounding him. Archie played 14 professional seasons with the Saints, Oilers, and Vikings. He was (and still is) very well respected around the league. The phenom from Ole Miss is still to this day coveted in that part of the country.
Sons Peyton and Eli Manning, do they really need an introduction? Peyton, the #1 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, is a Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl MVP, 13x Pro Bowler and 5x NFL MVP. Not only does he hold countless records, Peyton is also … OMAHA! Set! … a very successful businessman off the field. You’ve seen him in just about every other commercial, but Fun Fact: Did you know he owns 21 Papa John’s franchises? (As of 11/18/13).
Eli is no slouch by any means, he just has a lot to live up to, like every other little brother in the world.Eli, also a #1 overall draft pick (2004), is a 2x Super Bowl Champion, 2x Super Bowl MVP and 3x Pro Bowler.
Peyton may have more fame than Eli, but can tell him: COUNT THE RINGS, BRO!
The Matthews Family
Clay Matthews Sr. played both offensive tackle and linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers for 4 seasons. However, his career was put on hold as he served in the Korean War. Following his return, he continued to play for another 3 seasons.
Clay Matthews Jr. played 19 seasons in the league. He was a 4x Pro Bowler and named to the All Pro team 3x. He began his career in 1978 as a Cleveland Brown, when he retired in 1996 as an Atlanta Falcon he recorded 1,561 tackles and 69.5 sacks.
Clay Matthews III is most known by this generation of football fans. Also currently a linebacker (shocker!) for the Green Bay Packers, Matthews III is a 1st round pick, Super Bowl Champion, 4x Pro Bowler and named to the All Pro team 2x. He is also well know for his commercials – Dick’s Sporting Goods, Campbell’s Soup and Fat Head to name a few. Oh – and those golden locks, don’t make fun of those, he’s the wrong guy to pick a fight with.
There are even more Matthews’ family members worth mentioning. Hall of Famer and 14x Pro Bowler Bruce Matthews is the brother of Clay Jr. Bruce’s son is Jake Matthews, who was just taken 6th overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 Draft. Clay Jr.’s other son, and Clay Matthews III’s brother, Casey is a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quite the football family. What do they feed those kids?!
The Winslow Family
Kellen Winslow Sr. played 9 seasons as a tight end for San Diego Chargers. The Hall of Famer not only has the stats, he was critical in the evolution of the tight end position from not only a blocker, but a receiving threat. His importance to the NFL and future tight ends as a whole is invaluable.
Kellen Winslow Jr. like his father, also played tight end. But unlike his father he was a bit of a journeyman. Winslow Jr. played for the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets. He is currently a free agent, but has over 5,200 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in his career to this point. —– side note: can I also bring to your attention that Winslow Jr. MAY have been separated from Vin Diesel at birth? Twins.
So what do you think? What family has the best NFL father/son(s) combination ever? Is there a family not mentioned that you believe should have?