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The Best Father-Son Athletes in All of Sports

Every sport has at least one set of fathers and sons who both played at one time or another. But some were better than others. Let’s take a look at the best father-son combinations of all time. 

Tim Hardaway Sr. and Tim Hardaway Jr. 

Right now, NBA fans know Tim Hardaway as a versatile swingman who’s played for the Mavs, Knicks, and Hawks.

But ’90s basketball fans remember that name as the owner of one of the league’s deadliest crossovers. Hardaway Sr. was a top point guard for both the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat. 

Oliver and Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck was one of the most heralded first overall picks in league history in 2012. It should come as no surprise that his father was also an NFL player.

His dad Oliver was a QB for the Houston Oilers in the early ’80s and is the current commissioner of the XFL. However, don’t expect Andrew to switch leagues anytime soon.

Ray, Bob, Bret, and Aaron Boone

The Boones represent two sets of fathers and sons. Ray and his son Bob both played in the majors, while Bob’s sons Bret and Aaron would also play in the ’90s and 2000s.

Bret’s son Jake was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2017, making him possibly MLB’s first fourth-generation player

Rick Barry and Brent, John, and Drew Barry

Rick Barry starred with the Golden State Warriors in the ’70s, but his sons also made a splash in the league.

Brent won a Slam Dunk Contest with the Clippers after taking off from the free-throw line. Jon was a sharpshooter on some of the great Sacramento Kings teams of the early 2000s. 

Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and Kobe Bryant

Every basketball fan knows the story of Kobe Bryant. Fewer probably know his father played professionally as well. Jellybean averaged 8.7 points per game over 8 seasons in the NBA

Howie, Chris, and Kyle Long

After a Hall of Fame career with the Oakland Raiders and a still-ongoing career as a FOX NFL Sunday analyst, Long’s sons made it to the league as well.

Chris recently retired as a defensive end from the Philadelphia Eagles. Kyle is an offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears. 

Bobby and Brett Hull

Bobby Hull played 16 years in the NHL, scoring 610 goals in his career. He tacked on 7 years in the WHA as well. His son Brett was no slouch either. Over 19 seasons he scored 741 goals. These two might be the most dominant pair on our list.

Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.

The prime of Ken Griffey Sr. came during the ’70s and ’80s when he starred for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.

He’d go on to make baseball history near the end of his career when he played alongside his son Ken Jr. in the same outfield for the Seattle Mariners. Junior then became one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. 

Bobby and Barry Bonds

Hall of Fame or not, there isn’t a baseball fan out there who can deny that Barry Bonds is one of the most feared hitters to ever play baseball. He was preceded in the game by his father Bobby. He hit 332 home runs over 14 seasons.

Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning

While he was a great QB, Archie Manning had unfortunate timing. Manning played for the hapless New Orleans Saints during the ’80s.

He’d have the last laugh, however, as he would be the only man to have two sons be selected with the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft. Archie may never have won the big one, but his sons have three Super Bowl rings between them.