Children Of Famous Athletes Who Play Different Sports Than Their Parents

What children of famous professional athletes went on to play sports as well? The Mannings usually top the list of father-son athlete combinations. As do Bobby and Barry Bonds, Bobby and Brett Hull, and one day soon LeBron James and Bronny Jr.  But all these second-generation sports stars played the same sport as their old man. This list is different. These are all the pro athletes who made it as a professional in a different sport than their parents. These 2nd generation pros took a chance playing a sport other than what their parents excelled at.

Believe it or not, the most famous current child of a professional athlete is Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose dad was a relief pitcher in the major leagues for almost a decade. Perhaps that's where Mahomes got his rocket arm. Then, there's other children of baseball major leaguers, such as NFL QB Jared Goff and WNBA guard Candice Wiggins. Famously, Joakim Noah was a great NBA center, but a terrible tennis player, unlike his father - Yannick Noah. There's Mike Conley Jr., whose pops was an American track star. Ironically, both of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones' sons, Seth and Caleb Jones, went on to play hockey in the NHL

Look below to find out which professional athletes played different sports than their parents.



  • Patrick Mahomes II
    Photo: Chiefs / Instagram

    Patrick Mahomes II

    Father: Pat Mahomes, MLB pitcher


    Patrick Lavon Mahomes II (born September 17, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Pat Mahomes. Mahomes played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University. Following his sophomore year, he quit baseball to focus solely on football. Mahomes' junior year, he led all NCAA Division 1 players in multiple categories including passing yards (5,052 yards) and passing touchdowns (53 touchdowns). He then entered the 2017 NFL Draft where he was the tenth overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs.
    • Birthplace: Tyler, Texas
  • Trinity Rodman
    Photo: USWNT

    Trinity Rodman

    Father: Dennis Rodman, Hall of Fame NBA power forward/center


    Trinity Rodman (born May 20, 2002) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She is the youngest player ever drafted in NWSL history.
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
  • Mike Conley, Jr.
    Photo: Utah Jazz / Instagram

    Father: Mike Conley, Sr., Track & Field athlete - high jump and long jump


    Michael Alex Conley Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies since the team drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft before being traded in 2019 to the Utah Jazz. Conley is the son of Mike Conley Sr., an Olympic gold and silver medalist in track and field. He is the Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer.
    • Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Father: John Stephens, NFL running back


    Sloane Stephens (born March 20, 1993) is an American professional tennis player. She is ranked in the top 20 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and achieved a career-best ranking of No. 3 in the world after Wimbledon in 2018. Stephens was the 2017 US Open champion, and has won six WTA singles titles in total. Born to athletic parents with backgrounds in collegiate swimming and professional American football, Stephens was first introduced to tennis at the club across the street from her house in Fresno, California. Her stepfather was a competitive recreational tennis player and served as her primary inspiration for beginning to play the sport. Stephens moved to Florida to train at a ...more
    • Birthplace: Plantation, Florida
  • Jared Goff
    Photo: Detroit Lions / Instagram

    Jared Goff

    Father: Jerry Goff, MLB catcher


    Jared Thomas Goff (born October 14, 1994) is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of California, Berkeley and was a first-team All-Pac-12 quarterback in 2015. He was selected by the Rams with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. He started his rookie season as the backup to Case Keenum, eventually taking over as the starter during the latter half of the season. In 2018, Goff helped lead the Rams to a 13–3 record and a trip to Super Bowl LIII, the franchise's first Super Bowl appearance since the 2001 season, but lost to the New England Patriots 13-3. He has been selected to two Pro ...more
    • Birthplace: Novato, California
  • Father: Yannick Noah, tennis player


    Joakim Simon Noah ( JOH-ə-kim; born February 25, 1985) is a former professional basketball player who played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and a French father, he holds American, Swedish and French citizenship. He played college basketball for the Florida Gators, winning back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. The Chicago Bulls selected Noah with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2014 when he also was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York