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Great Fathers and Sons In Sports

Dads and their sons succeeding in pro sports.

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Like father, like son is what they say. This was the case for a set of great fathers and sons in the annals of professional sports.

This Father’s Day, if you are so fortunate as to spend time with your father, you’ll know how important these men were to their sons. In many cases, the father blazed the trail, but the sons exceeded them.

For the sake of all involved, and for the sanity of the readers, we are going to omit LaVar and Lonzo Ball from this exercise.

Great Fathers and Sons In Sports: The Griffeys

Ken Griffey, Sr. was a very good baseball player. He banged out 2,143 hits in his 18-year career, which included 152 home runs and a lifetime average of .296. Not a Hall of Fame guy, but good at what he did.

As for his son of the same name, all you can say is wow. “Junior” mashed 630 home runs and 2781 hits in his Hall-of-Fame baseball career. Ken Griffey, Jr. was one of the good guys of the game. Though the returns gradually declined over the years, Griffey was one of the most feared hitters in baseball history.

The Griffeys had the opportunity to play together. Late in 1990 and during the 1991 season, both were on the Seattle Mariners. Talk about a rarity in professional sports, but they did it.

Great Fathers and Sons In Sports: The Mannings

Archie Manning was a fine quarterback on a really, really bad New Orleans Saints team. The stats aren’t there to back it up, but he did the best he could given the circumstances. He truly shined at Ole Miss, and his career there got him into the College Football Hall of Fame. Archie’s number 18 is retired by the school.

His sons Peyton and Eli Manning, just as much DirecTV spokesmen as NFL figures, have exceeded their father’s output. Peyton Manning just recently retired, but his status as a first-ballot Hall of Famer is not in doubt. He won two Super Bowls, threw for 71,940 yards, and hurled 539 touchdown passes. Those last two, plus his five MVP awards, are NFL records.

As for Eli, he has also won two Super Bowls as the quarterback of the New York Giants since 2004. Eli’s best days may be behind him, but this Ole Miss product has 320 NFL touchdowns of his own. He’ll never be a fan favorite in San Diego, but his career has been a good one.

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