Famous football families have another reason to celebrate every third Sunday in June: It’s typically the time of the offseason to reflect on pride and pedigree.
There have been countless father and son combinations to perform in the NFL. In honor of Father’s Day, Sporting News’ looks at 30 of the most notable father-son pairings with connections to the league, including player, coaches and officials:
1. The Mannings
Father Archie and sons Peyton and Eli
From New Orleans to New York, Indianapolis to Denver, Mississippi to Tennessee, they’re the beloved unofficial first family of the NFL. They stick together through everything, including funny rap videos.
2. The Matthewses
Father Bruce and son Jake Matthews
If Jake, the Falcons’ first-round left tackle in 2014, can have half the career of his legendary Oilers/Titans lineman father, it would be pretty darn good.
3. The Matthewses 2
Father Clay Jr. and sons Clay III and Casey
This side of the Matthews clan is going on three generations. Before Clay Jr. starred for the Browns and Clay III became a top Packer and Ram, Clay Sr. played tackle for the ‘Niners. Casey is a former outside linebacker for the Eagles.
4. The Longs
Father Howie and sons Chris and Kyle
Howie, a Hall of Fame defensive end and well-known TV (and movie) personality, has passed along his intimidating-but-sweet star power to his sons. Chris was a scary pass rusher for the Rams, Patriots and Eagles before retiring in 2019. Kyle also hung up his cleats in 2019 after blocking for the Bears between 2013 and 2019.
5. The McCaffreys
Father Ed and son Christian
This is an elite, smart athletic family, including Ed’s wife Lisa and brother Billy. Ed’s other son Max played wide receiver at Duke and hung around in the NFL for a bit before joining his father’s new coaching staff at Northern Colorado. Christian is simply the best, fastest and most explosive running back in the league, currently taking snaps for the Panthers.
6. The Bosas
Father John and sons Joey and Nick
John didn’t have the best career as a first-rounder with the Dolphins at defensive end, but his two talented pass-rushing sons are off to bright careers as high picks; Joey is wreaking major havoc off the edge for the Chargers and Nick is getting warmed up, doing the same in Northern California for the 49ers.
7. The Ryans
Father Buddy and sons Rob and Rex
From 46 to 3-4, these big guys have formed quite a 1-2-3 punch of attack-mode defensive Xs and Os over the years. Rob and Rex continued to make Buddy proud, three decades after his exceptional work with the Bears and Eagles.
8. The Grieses
Father Bob and son Brian
Bob was a Hall of Famer with the Dolphins, part of their 1972 undefeated team. Brian won a Super Bowl with the Broncos during his playing days, which also included stops in Tampa Bay, Miami in Chicago. Brian sounds just like his dad, earning a reputation as a top football color commentator.
9. The Mosses
Father Randy and son Thaddeus
Randy, working the Vikings, Patriots and Raiders among other teams, became one of the greatest big-play wide receivers the NFL has ever seen and has gone to a great career as a smart analyst. Thaddeus, a star tight end for LSU’s national championship offense, is trying to stick with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent.
10. The Burrows
Father Jim and son Joe
Jim was drafted by the Packers in 1976, but after spending one year in the NFL, he had a solid career up north in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup. Joe, the first overall picks in the 2020 draft, is hoping for an illustrious career with his home-state Bengals.
11. The Lucks
Father Oliver and son Andrew
Long before he served as West Virginia AD and XFL CEO, Oliver was drafted to QB the Houston Oilers in the 1980s. Looking at his smarts and athletic prowess, Andrew inherited some great genes for the Colts before deciding to retire last summer.
12. The Hochulis
Father Ed and son Shawn
NFL officiating became a family affair in 2014, when Shawn stepped up to the big leagues to join the big guns of Ed. He became a referee like his retired dad in 2018.
13. The Slaters
Father Jackie and son Matthew
Jackie was a two-decade fixture on the Rams offensive line (259 games) on his way to the Hall of Fame. A wide receiver and special teams ace for the Patriots, Matthew has gone to eight Pro Bowls and has three Super Bowl rings.
14. The Shulas
Father Don and son Mike
Don has the most wins (349) in NFL history and coached in six Super Bowls, unfortunately passing in 2020. Mike keeps working as an offensive coach in the NFL, now overseeing the Broncos’ QB room led by Drew Lock. Brother Dave was last in the NFL in 1996 as the head coach of the Bengals.
15. The Shanahans
Father Mike and son Kyle
Mike won a couple of Super Bowls in Denver, and is taking a break after not having that kind of success in Washington. In 2017, Kyle got his first head-coaching gig with the 49ers — the team whose offense Mike once coordinated — and is coming off his first NFC championship at age 40.
16. The Schottenheimers
Father Marty and son Brian
The signature of “Marty Ball”, through coaching four teams, was power running, defense and a whole lot of wins. Brian, a long-time offensive coordinator, is having good success with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
17. The Hasselbecks
Father Don and sons Matt and Tim
Don was a tight end who played for four teams, including the Patriots. Matt played for the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts in a nice career at quarterback, while Tim had a shorter one, most notably with the Redskins. They have both moved on to be good TV analysts.
18. The Simmses
Father Phil and sons Matt and Chris
Before teaming with Jim Nantz, Phil was the heart of the Giants’ Super Bowl power in the 1980s. Matt briefly threw passes for the crosstown Jets. Chris played QB for the Bucs and four other teams before, and like Phil, stepped into a career in broadcasting and media after his playing days ended.
19. The Winslows
Father Kellen and son Kellen II
The elder Kellen was a revolutionary pass-catching tight end in his Hall-of-Fame career with the Chargers. Kellen II was a one-time Pro Bowler with the Browns.
20. The Pittmans
Father Michael Sr. and son Michael Jr.
Michael Sr. was a pretty good running back with the Cardinals, Buccaneers and Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with the middle team. Michael Jr. is set for a big role for the Colts as a second-round draft pick in 2020.
21. The Winfields
Father Antoine Sr. and son Antoine Jr.
Antoine Sr. went to three Pro Bowls with the Vikings as a versatile defensive back, which prompted his talented son to attend Minnesota before being a key second-round pick for the Buccaneers in the 2020 draft.
22. The Adamses
Father George Adams and son Jamal
George was a first-round running back for the Giants in 1985 who won a Super Bowl with them. Jamal, the Jets’ first-rounder in 2017, is a top-flight, three-time Pro Bowl safety — who might be heading to a new team soon.
23. The Jeffersons
Father Shawn and son Van
Shawn was a talented wideout most notably with the Chargers and the Patriots who now serves as Jets wide receivers coach. Van is a 2020 rookie second-rounder for the Rams out of Florida.
24. The Metcalfs
Father Terrence and son DK
Terrence went from Ole Miss to a decent career with the Bears. DK also went to Ole Miss before being drafted in the second round in 2019. He’s off to a great start as a Seahawks big-play receiver.
25. The Reagors
Father Montae and son Jalen
Montae, out of Texas Tech, played defensive tackle for the Broncos, Colts and Eagles, winning a Super Bowl with the middle team. Reagor, out of TCU, is the Eagles’ speedy rookie first-round pick at wide receiver.
26. The Runyans
Father Jon Sr. and son Jon Jr.
Jon was a solid offensive tackle in his day with the Oilers/Titans and Eagles, earning one Pro Bowl trip and one All-Pro honor. Son Jon is a rookie sixth-round guard, also out of Michigan, for the Packers.
27. The Kupps
Grandfather Jake, father Craig and son Cooper
Jake played guard for five teams in the 1960s. Craig, a quarterback, bounced around in the NFL for a brief time in the 1990s. Cooper is a terrific wide receiver for the Rams, building on his stellar career at Eastern Washington.
28. The Chickillos
Grandfather Nick, father Tony and son Anthony
Nick played linebacker and guard for the Chicago Cardinals in 1953. Tony played along the defensive line in both the NFL and Arena Football League in the 1990s. Anthony, a former Steelers linebacker, signed with the Saints as a special teams ace in 2020.
29. The Karrases
Grandfather Ted, father Ted Jr. and son Ted III
Ted Sr. played defensive tackle for four NFL teams in the 1950s and ’60s. He is the brother of two more NFL players, Lou and Hall of Famer Alex. Ted Jr., went to Northwestern and played for the Redskins in the 1980s before turning to a long career in coaching. The youngest of the three Theodores, a center, went to Illinois and after a solid stint with the Patriots, signed with the Dolphins in 2020.
30. The Whitehursts
Father David and son Charlie
David quarterbacked the Packers and Chiefs in his NFL career (1977-‘84). Charlie, born in Green Bay, was a former top backup for San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee.