So begins our weekly Tuesday Top 10. In honor of Father's Day, we went with Top 10 father/child athletes. Yes, father/son sounds better, but we couldn't leave out Muhammad and Laila Ali.
Ken Norton Sr./Ken Norton Jr.
Ken Norton Jr. was an All-American linebacker at UCLA in 1987. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 1988 and became the first player to win three consecutive Super Bowls (1992-94).
INTERESTING FACT: Ken Norton Sr. ran track in high school and competed and won in eight events. The state of Illinois now has the “Ken Norton Rule” where track athletes can only compete in three events. Ken Norton Jr. is now the LB coach for USC.
Rick Barry/Brent Barry
Brent Barry was nowhere near the basketball player his father was. But he has a couple accomplishments Rick can’t match. Brent Barry has won two NBA Championships with the Spurs (2005 and 2007) as compared to Rick’s one. Brent Barry also won the Slam Dunk competition in 1996. Barry has been a solid shooter over his entire career, averaging over 40% from three-point range.
INTERESTING FACT – Rick and Brent are the second father/son duo to win NBA Championships (Matt Guokas St. and Matt Guokas Jr. were the first).
Felipe Alou/Moises Alou
Moises Alou is much the same way. He has always been really good. Better than his father, but never broke into that elite level. He has a career batting average of .303, has been a 6-time All-Star and 7-time team MVP.
INTERESTING FACT – Moises played under his father on the Expos and the Giants.
Calvin Hill/Grant Hill
Grant Hill led Duke to two Consecutive NCAA Championships (91-92). Hill became the first rookie to receive the most votes for the All-Star game. Through six seasons in the NBA, Hill had racked up amazing numbers. Hill joined Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only players to score over 9,000 points, get over 3,000 rebounds, and 2,500 assists in their first six years. But, ankle injuries derailed his stellar career. He would never reach the same production he had at the beginning of his career. But, despite the injuries he has averaged 19.3 points, 5 assists, and 6.8 rebounds over the course of his career.
INTERESTING FACT – While Grant Hill went to the very distinguished Duke, Calvin attended an Ivy League school, Yale.
Muhammad Ali/Laila Ali
While it’s debatable whether Muhammad Ali is the best male boxer of all-time, there is little question Laila Ali is the greatest female boxer of all-time. She holds a record of 24-0 with 21 KO’s in her nine-year career.
INTERESTING FACT - Laila Ali squared off against Joe Frazier's daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lyde in 2001.
Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt Jr.
While his father won 76 races, Dale Jr. just snapped a 76-race winless drought by winning at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Jr.’s 18 career wins are impressive, but more impressive is his bank account. Dale Earnhardt Jr. raked in over $27 million in 2007. $7 million came from winnings and $20 million came in endorsements. The Earnhardt brand name is by far the most lucrative in NASCAR history.
INTERESTING FACT - Dale Earnhardt raced against two of his sons, Dale Jr., and Kerry in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway where Jr. just broke his winless drought.
Ken Griffey/Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Jr made an immediate impact as a teenager. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1990 at just 19-years old. He’s one of just six players to have hit over 600 homers. His swing is one of the most graceful things to watch in all of sports. Many thought Griffey would be the one to break Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record. But, injuries made this impossible for Jr. From 2002-2004 Griffey missed 260 games and ended each season injured. Despite these setbacks, Griffey has still averaged 40 home runs and 115 RBI’s per season.
INTERESTING FACT – The Griffey’s hit back-to-back homers on September 14th, 1990 with the Seattle Mariners.
Bobby Hull/Brent Hull
Brett Hull was born to play hockey. Unlike his other four siblings who were all born in Chicago, Brett was born in Canada. Brett Hull would play in the NHL from 1985-2006 and ranks 3rd all-time with 741 goals scored. He led the NHL in goals three straight seasons (1990-1992). He was also deadly in the playoffs and his 24 playoff winning goals is the most all-time.
INTERESTING FACT – They are the only father/son combo to have their numbers retired.
Archie Manning/Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning did not follow in his father’s footsteps and chose to go to the University of Tennessee. Manning holds the Tennessee records for most passing yards, touchdowns, and wins as a starter. Peyton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall selection in the 1998 NFL draft. He started from the very beginning and in fact has not missed a start since. Peyton has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, has led the league in touchdowns three seasons and held the highest passer rating three straight seasons (2004-2006). He was the Super Bowl MVP in 2006 and with many years in front of him he already ranks fourth on the list for most passing touchdowns.
INTERESTING FACT - Archie led the league in sacks his rookie season (40) and Peyton led the league in interceptions his rookie season (28).
Bobby Bonds/Barry Bonds
Although steroid allegations have tainted his legacy, just going by Barry Bonds' numbers he is the best of all time. He is the all-time leader in walks and home runs, fourth in RBI’s, and 3rd in runs scored. He has won a record seven NL MVP’s including four straight from 2001-2004.
INTERESTING FACT - Barry Bonds is the only player to match his father’s record of five seasons with 30 or more home runs and stolen bases.