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Eli (left) and Peyton (right) Manning



10. Alomar- Sandy Alomar and his two sons, Sandy Jr. and Roberto, combined to play 50 seasons in the majors.  Sandy Sr. was a solid second baseman, making the All Star game in 1970.  Roberto is a future Hall of Famer and 12-time All Star second baseman.  He’s collected 10 gold gloves over his career to go along with over 2,700 hits and a career 300 batting average.  Sandy Jr. was the 1990 Rookie of the Year and a 6-time All Star catcher himself.  All three Alomars had very long careers and were known as great defensive players.

9. Sharpe- If your last name is Sharpe and you’re in the NFL, you know how to catch a football.  Sterling was well on his way to a Hall of Fame career before a neck injury prematurely ended his career.  In his seven year career, he was an all pro 5 times and led the NFL in receptions 3 times.  His 107 catches in 1992 were an NFL record and he is one of only 7 players in NFL history to lead the league in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns all in the same year.  His brother Shannon is one of the best tight ends to ever play the game.  Shannon won 3 super bowls, was an 8-time pro bowler, and retired as the all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end.

8. DiMaggio- While Joe DiMaggio is one of the biggest names in sports history, his brother Dom was no slouch either.  Dom was a 7-time all star and his 34-game hitting streak is still a Red Sox record.  He was a great lead-off batter twice in his career, leading the AL in runs scored and once leading in triples and stolen bases.  Vince was the oldest DiMaggio brother and had a 10-year career in which he was an All Star twice.  Joe is one of the greatest baseball players who lived.  The three brothers combined played in 22 All Star games.

7. Matthews- Clay Matthews Sr. played in the NFL for five years, but it’s his sons who have made the Matthews name famous.  Clay Jr. and Bruce played in a combined 38 NFL seasons.  Clay Jr. was a 4-time pro bowl linebacker who recorded 69 sacks over his career with 16 picks.  Bruce is regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history.  He was selected to a record 14 pro bowls and was a 9-time first team all pro.  In 2007, Bruce was inducted to the Hall of Fame.  Clay’s Matthews III was drafted in the first round of this year's draft by the Packers.  Two of Clay Jr’s sons played football at USC while a third is currently playing at the University of Oregon.  Bruce’s son is currently the starting center for Texas A&M.  In all, the Matthews have produced three generations and counting of NFL players.  

6. Barry- Rick Barry is one of the best NBA players who ever lived.  He was an 8-time All Star and named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest.  The only thing better than Barry’s jumpshot was his genes.  Rick had four sons who played basketball professionally.  Brent Barry ranks 10th all-time in three pointers made and is a two-time NBA champion.  On top of being known as a great shooter, Brent also won the 1996 Dunk contest.  John Barry was also known as a great shooter and was able to play 15 seasons in the NBA.  Drew Barry is Georgia Tech’s all-time assist leader and also spent three years in the NBA.  The Barrys have played in over 40 NBA seasons combined.  Rick’s wife Lynn is even regarded as the best female basketball player in William & Mary school history.

5. Ali- The greatest male boxer and female boxer of all time both have the same last name.  Muhammad Ali is by far the biggest name in boxing history and his daughter Laila has followed right in his footsteps, becoming the most established female boxer ever.

Serena (left) and Serena (right) Williams4. Andretti- The most popular name in all of auto sports.  You name it; Andretti has won it.  In 1959, Mario and his twin brother Aldo broke into racing and the record books haven’t been the same since.  Aldo's racing career was cut short due to injury, but Mario went on to be named the driver of the century.  Mario has won the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Indy Car title (four times), and the Formula 1 title.  Mario had two sons, Michael and Jeff, who both went on to race.  Michael went on to be one of the best Indy Car drivers of all time and his 42 wins ranks third behind only his father and A.J. Font.  Michael’s son Marco went on to become the youngest Indy Car race winner and the third generation of Andretti winners.  Mario’s nephew John Andretti has two NASCAR wins under his belt.  In all, 7 different Andrettis have made their marks in the racing world.

3. Manning- After a great college career at Ol’ Miss, Archie Manning was drafted second overall by the New Orleans Saints.  Manning played 13 years in the NFL, twice making the pro bowl and winning Offensive Player of the Year in 1978.  Archie had three sons who all followed in his football footsteps.  His oldest son, Cooper, was an all-state football player whose playing days were cut short by spinal stenosis.  Both of his younger sons, Peyton and Eli, have gone on to be Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.  Peyton is a 3-time NFL MVP with 9 pro bowl honors.  Eli was named to his first pro bowl in 2008 and has proven to be a franchise quarterback.  Both Peyton and Eli were drafted first overall and are still adding to the long list of Manning accomplishments.

2. Hull- Bobby Hull and his younger brother Dennis played together for 8 years for the Chicago Black Hawks.  Bobby Hull is known as one the greatest ice hockey players who ever lived.  Over Bobby’s 23-year career, he led the league in scoring 3 times and won the Hart Memorial trophy 2 times.  Donnie, playing in the shadow of his older brother, had a 14-year career in which he scored 300 goals and played in 5 All Star games.  Bobby’s son Brett also went on to have a Hall of Fame career.  Brett played 20 years in the NHL, playing in 8 All Star games and leading the league in scoring 3 times.  Brett ranks third on the all-time list of goals scored, while his father is 15th.  The Hull family has put together one of the most impressive resumes in all of sports.

1. Williams-
The sports world has never seen two siblings simultaneously dominate a sport like Venus and Serena.  The Williams sisters are the only women to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals.  Between the two of them, they have won 17 Grand Slam titles.  The sisters teamed up to win 8 doubles Grand Slam titles and gold medals in 2000 and 2008.  When paired together, the sisters have proven to be almost unbeatable, winning an astounding 87 percent of their matches.  Both sisters have been ranked number one in the world and, when healthy, have proven to be the two best female tennis players on the planet for the last 10 years.  The sisters rank 1 and 2 on the all-time career earnings list to go along with long lists of other accomplishments.  They have faced each other 20 times, splitting the series at 10 wins a piece.  With both sisters still adding hardware to their trophy cases, the tennis history books will have the Williams name written all over them.



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