The Mannings, Longs, Shulas and other famous NFL fathers and sons, past and present

Sporting News

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

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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.

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MORE: Christian and Ed McCaffrey team up for special surprise for military members

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.

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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.

MORE: Defining Don Shula's career by the numbers

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.

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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.

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