Sports
6.3k readers

Professional Athlete Father and Son Dynasties

6.3k views17 items
Fathers and sons often share a special bond when it comes to sports. This is especially true when it comes to father and son athletes. Whether sons follow in their famous father's footsteps, or choose to leave a mark on a different sport, athleticism and drive run in families. From the Thompsons to the Mannings, there's no shortage of father-son athlete duos in professional sports. Read on for info on your favorite father-son athletic dynasties, and have your say on who's the best by voting. 
Photo:
  • Bobby and Brett Hull

    Bobby and Brett Hull
    Video: YouTube
    Bobby Hull has a spot on the Mount Rushmore of the NHL. He's one of the best players the league has ever seen. As such, his son Brett had high expectations to live up to. While Brett isn't one of the best ever, both he and his father have earned their spots in the Hall of Fame.
  • Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.

    Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr.
    Video: YouTube
    The story of Earnhardt father-son dynasty is marred by tragedy. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was one of the greatest NASCAR racers in history. In 2001, he was killed instantly in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. His death resulted in sweeping safety changes in the sport and made it a much safer place for other drivers. One of those other drivers was his son, who carried on his father's legacy in glorious fashion.
  • Lee and Richard Petty

    Lee and Richard Petty
    Video: YouTube
    Lee Petty was an impressive stock car racer in his own right. Then his son came around and earned the nickname 'The King.' Richard Petty is considered one of the best, if not the best, NASCAR driver of all time. His name is also frequently dropped in country songs, a testament to the lasting Petty legacy.
  • Calvin and Grant Hill

    Calvin and Grant Hill
    Video: YouTube
    Grant Hill decided not to follow directly in the footsteps of his father, Calvin, an accomplished running back who played nearly two decades in the NFL. Instead, Grant took his talents to the NBA, where he was a seven time all-star. Unfortuanely, the later years of his career were marred by injury.