With brothers Jim and John Harbaugh coaching on opposite sides in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Harbaughs have — temporarily — become the most famous family in football.
“I think the greatest joy I got in my life — after seeing all of the ups and downs, and the ins and outs, and all of the different things involved in the coaching profession — is that [coaching] is something they would decide [to do],” said Jack Harbaugh, a former college coach and the father of Jim and John. “It was something they wanted to do.”
Here in New York, however, there are another pair of famous on-field football families who can stake a claim to the title of Football’s First Family. Eli Manning is the third Manning quarterback to star in the NFL, while Rex Ryan learned from one of the league’s great defensive minds — his father, Buddy Ryan.
So which family is No. 1? Here’s a look at how they stack up: