When one thinks of sports teams, they often envision a group of athletes who are like siblings, who have each other’s back all the time and have an unbreakable bond. Well, this just isn’t the case. They may work together on the field, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are friends! In this article, we’ll be talking about athletes who may be on the same team, but they certainly aren’t friends in real life!
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal
Two of the most legendary basketball players of all time, and it turns out that they didn’t really like each other that much. In fact, they were pretty open about disliking each other whenever the media asked about their relationship.
In fact, the two of them insulted each other so much via the press that the head coach labeled both athletes as ‘juvenile.’ Well, we can’t disagree with that statement: skill on the court does not equal maturity in reality!
Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds
Some teammates are content to simply say bad things about each other to express their distaste. But these two baseball players ended up doing more than that when they came to blows in the middle of a baseball game. Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds even ended up shoving each other, and one grabbed the other by the neck.
Needless to say, most fights in a sports game break out between opposing teams, but there’s plenty of evidence here to show how even teammates can end up as mortal enemies.
John Terry and Wayne Bridge
Of the many sports rivalries on this list, this one might be one of the most justified. The gist of it is that John Terry slept with the mother of Wayne Bridge’s child. That’s kind of a sacred rule of the bro code: never do that to someone you respect.
Wayne Bridge was so upset about the ordeal that he chose to skip the World Cup rather than play with Terry after news about the affair got out. Never mind the fact that Terry was married and had kids of his own, making the situation even worse.
Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez
The feud between these two Yankees players is actually pretty well-known in the world of sports. They were on different teams at first, and even close friends, but apparently Rodriguez dissed Jeter at some point and that sabotaged their friendship.
How bad was their dislike for each other once they were both on the same team? So bad that the general managed for the Yankees begged them to, at the very least, fake a friendship while they were on the field and on camera.
Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton
Of all the teammate enemies we will talk about in this article, this one is probably the most concerning. One day, skilled members of the Washington Wizards ended up gambling over a card game while they were on a flight. Crittenton ended up owing around $1,000, and Arenas teased him over it.
Apparently, this escalated to the two of them implying they would shoot the other with a gun. Two days later, both players actually showed up to practice with firearms, with Crittenton actually pointing one at Arenas. Needless to say, both of their careers went down the drain after that catastrophe, but thankfully no one died.
William Galas and Kolo Toure
These two men were crucial members of Arsenal and major players for the Gunners, but for reasons no one is really sure of, they decided to barely speak to each other during their final season together. Apparently, it had something to do with Gallas losing captaincy.
Ultimately, the two of them refusing to work together very well led to Toure being sold to Manchester City, which sunk the Gunners’ hopes and dreams related to the Champions League and FA Cup that season.
Jim Jackson and Jason Kidd
These two basketball players flat out didn’t like each other. According to Kidd, it was because Jackson was kind of a selfish jerk, who as more focused on glory for himself than winning the match for the team. However, there are rumors that their animosity actually stemmed from some dating mishap with singer Toni Braxton.
Those rumors were never confirmed for certain and both players deny it, but one way or another, Kidd refused to be on the same team with Jackson after the tension peaked, sitting out of every game until he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1996.
Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador
These two can’t stand each other, though it’s not exactly clear what the exact reason for their distaste is. Regardless of the reason, both Armstrong and Contador have been pretty open about their dislike for one another.
When Contador managed to beat Armstrong at the Tour de France in 2009, their already iffy relationship grew even more sour. Perhaps they just don’t like each other’s company, but we can’t say for certain what ire exists between them.
Brent Barry and Tony Parker
This is another teammate rivalry that was a direct result of someone cheating on their partner with the partner of another teammate. The long and short of it is that Tony Parker, NBA player, cheated on his wife with Bren Barry’s wife. The result? Definitely not friendship.
Needless to say, if you want your teammate on the field to treat you like an enemy in real life, just sleep with the person they’re married to. They’ll hate you, we guarantee it.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton
These McLaren teammates ended up getting on each other’s bad side because they sabotaged each other on the track at the Formula 1 World Championship 2007. They kept blocking each other during the race, which allowed another racer to nab a first place McLaren could have easily gotten.
Needless to say, this sort of petty rivalry makes it clear that Hamilton and Alonso may represent the same team, but they aren’t friends in the slightest. We can’t say we’re surprised, since racing is more of a solo sport.
Golden Tate and Percy Harvin
We don’t know how close these football players were at any point, but we do know they probably don’t like each other now. After all, Harvin body slammed Tate just before Superbowl XLVIII, and it was initially feared that Tate’s neck had been broken.
After the incident, Harvin was traded to the New York Jets, probably because Tate didn’t want anything to do with him. But was it an attack, or some stupid stunt gone horribly wrong? There’s not exactly any way to really tell for sure.
Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving
While there were only rumors and no real way to confirm this for sure, word on the street is that Irving and Waiters had a pretty hostile relationship while playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, so much so that they may have even come to physical blows.
While we can’t say for sure if any of that is true, they say that all rumors have a grain of truth to them, so we wouldn’t put it past the two basketball players either. Still, it is just a rumor at best.
Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon
We don’t know if the overall relationship between these two was bad, but they did get into a fight during a match against the Phillies. Apparently, Harper just wasn’t putting in enough effort that game, and Papelbon wasn’t too pleased about that.
Papelbon ended up choking the guy, forcing the other players on the bench to come in and separate them before things got too far out of hand. Needless to say, that makes these two pretty hostile to each other in our book.
Cary Williams and Riley Cooper
This rivalry was mostly about indignation regarding something Cooper said in 2013. Apparently, he dropped a racial epithet while he was being recorded. While he was naturally fined for this utterance, Williams was apparently not content with that alone.
They came to physical blows during a practice session, which was ultimately broken up by Michael Vick. Odd, how that works. No one knows if the two of them have patched things up yet or if they still dislike one another.
Gary Neal and Larry Sanders
Sanders and Neal both played for the Milwaukee Bucks at one point, and Neal (as well as many others) wasn’t impressed by Sanders’ performance. Eventually, Neal got so fed up with Sanders that he dropped the following ultimate burn.
“I earn my money. You should try it sometime.” Whether or not Sanders disliked Neal back is unclear, but we’re certain he was very unhappy with being burned that badly in public. Who wouldn’t be?
BJ Upton and Evan Longoria
Both of these young players were drafted in the first round, and both of them were very good: perhaps that’s what led to their rivalry. Naturally, they both felt they were the better choice of leader, and this led to some tension between the two.
One day, that tension exploded in the dugout during a game, in which mere harassment almost came to physical blows, but not before their fellow teammates could pull them apart.
Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban
Hockey is already a sport where fights tend to break out, but usually, those fights are between opposing teams. But as we can see between Plekanec and Subban, that’s not always the case. That said, there’s not much to talk about. The team was practicing one day, and a fight broke out.
Subban was a hot tempered sort who often ended up in fights, but Plekanec usually wasn’t. Apparently, the latter had enough of Subban’s antics that day. Well, everyone gets fed up eventually.
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo
These two men spent their time on the Celtics fighting each other more than their athletic opponents. Both of them constantly felt that the other was hogging the ball too much and not passing it around too much. It’s no surprise they didn’t like each other.
The two of them were also constantly fighting in regards to who was better than the other, which is also a matter of pride for most athletes. Suffice to say, they just didn’t like each other very much.
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
This teammate rivalry is up for debate, because officially, there’s never been a statement about it from team managers or Bale and Ronaldo. But ever since Bale ignored a golden opportunity to pass the ball to Ronaldo, costing the team the La Liga, Ronaldo’s shot dirty looks his way that fans often catch.
On top of that, Real Madrid paid a ton of money to Gale, but the exact sum was never disclosed because it was believed it would make Ronaldo upset. It’s not as clear-cut of a battle as many other fans, but still.
Dwight Howard and Steve Nash
Here’s another example of two basketball players that just plain don’t get along. They constantly argued throughout practice sessions, and fought each other for ball control even in the middle of games, despite being on the same team.
In fact, they even went as far as to verbally berate each other on live TV, so there’s no denying that they didn’t really like each other at all.
Victor Martinez and Brad Penny
Penny and Martinez had no qualms going at each other right in the middle of a game, and not even in the dugout either: literally in the middle of an inning, right in front of a stadium full of fans. They were catcher and pitcher, Martinez and Penny respectively, and Martinez had some qualms with Penny’s performance.
This led to the two of them having a yelling match in the middle of the game, which had to be broken up by both the coach and fellow infielders.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Carmelo Anthony
These two played together on the Knicks back in 2013, and friction between them was immediate. At the time, Anthony was used to being the team’s star, and he didn’t like Hardaway stepping up on his turf, so to speak. Neither of them was happy with the coach, either.
Basically, they both accused the other of being selfish players who didn’t pass to the other enough, so it’s no surprise that they didn’t get along well at all.
Yonder Alonso and Justin Upton
These two never liked each other, but the mutual tension reached a peak in the dugout during a game in 2015. Upton got tagged out in the game, and returned to the dugout in frustration, throwing his helmet to symbolize it. Unfortunately, he accidentally hit Alonso in the head.
Well, there wasn’t actually a fight, since Alonso had to be removed from the game due to a concussion. But we can’t imagine he likes the guy more than before, having been beaned in the head by a baseball helmet.
Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham
These two soccer players have never spoken a word to each other in over a decade of playing games on the same team. Even now that neither of them plays, they refuse to interact with each other at all. They outright hate each other. Why though?
Well apparently, Cole was on the sidelines of his first game in England, waiting to be subbed in. When Sheringham stepped off the field to be replaced, he ignored Cole and didn’t shake his hand, which is customary. From then on, the two were bitter enemies.
Kwame Brown and Michael Jordan
Apparently, Michael Jordan actually had problems with a lot of his teammates over the years, including Kwame Brown. Brown was a good player, but Jordan took every chance he could to put the new guy down.
A lot of people actually believe that it was Jordan’s constant belittling and whatnot that stopped Kwame Brown from reaching his full potential. Either way, the two of them trashed each other constantly, do they had definite animosity between them.
Alvaro Arbeloa and Gerard Pique
These two hated each other, but it’s no surprise since Gerard Pique was hated by a lot of soccer players, particularly the Real Madrid squad. There’s not much to really say about their conflict: they most just insulted each other in person and on social media.
But unlike many of these other stories, their heated conflict cooled off eventually, with them wishing each other the best of luck in the future. Still, they didn’t consider each other friends or teammates for the longest time.
Marcus Williams and Bill Romanowski
Bill Romanowski was a… very angry individual. Maybe it was the steroids he admitted to doing, or maybe he just had issues. It all culminated in a day of practice in which Romanowski and Williams got a little heated: the prior ripped Williams’ facemask off, and crushed his face. Literally.
The punch broke William’s eye socket and gave him double vision and brain damage, even after it healed, never mind the PTSD and the memory loss. Needless to say, this all led to a heated court battle that resulted in Romanowski paying out $340,000 to Williams for the damage.
Mario Chalmers and LeBron James
With the massive ego that LeBron James brought to the court, it’s no surprise that he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way during his career, even his own teammates. Apparently, they spent a lot of time arguing. James talked down to him a lot, and Chalmers didn’t like that very much.
It’s just one more example of two basketball players who played on the same team, but really didn’t like each other for real. Isn’t it odd how many basketball players are on this list? We think so.
Oguchi Onyewu and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
There’s no crazy tale about these two players and their rivalry. Frankly, they just didn’t like each other very much. They were both playing for Milan when one tried to tackle the other, but was dodged. Even though the tackle didn’t connect, it was no surprise that a fight ended up breaking out between the two.
It took a combination of ten players and coaches to pull Onyweu and Ibrahimovic away from each other. The fight was so brutal that it made world news, though the only real damage was a broken rib from Ibrahimovic.
Stephen Davis and Michael Westbrook
Speaking of football battles, here’s another one from when the Redskins were still called that. Apparently, Westbrook hated playing football, probably because his career hadn’t been overly illustrious. On top of that, tension between him and Stephen Davis had been building over a season or two because of disagreements.
Ultimately, Davis said something that ticked Westbrook off, and the latter assaulted him so badly that Davis considered pressing charges. Ultimately, Westbrook was fined $10,000 and suspended for one game.
Wally Szczerbiak and Kevin Garnett
Because of Garnett and his tendency to rub people the wrong way, he has clashed with a great many of his teammates, most notably Szczerbiak when they both played for the Timberwolves. Garnett was often seen as playing only for himself, rather than for the team.
During practice, Szcerbiak got fed up with Garnett’s behavior and decided to fight with him, making them even more NBA athletes that just really don’t like each other. Sure are a lot of them, aren’t there?
Steve Williams and Tiger Woods
For the longest time, Tiger Woods and his dedicated caddy, Steve Williams, were best bros. Even though Williams was kind of a bully in media circles, it never seemed to cause any problems in their friendship. They seemed to be inseparable.
That all changed after Woods’ car crash and the spiral of adultery that happened after the fact. After all that, Tiger Woods fired Williams as his caddy, with no real explanation for why. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever know the reason.
Maxi Lopez and Mauro Icardi
This feud over marrying someone’s ex-wife is very well-known in the soccer world. Icardi had an affair with Lopez’s now ex-wife Wanda Nara, and ultimately ended up marrying her only six months after she divorced Lopez. It got worse when Icardi started getting involved in the lives of Lopez’s kids.
Apparently, the Mafia actually offered to break Icardi’s legs for Lopez, but the latter refused the offer. At the least, the Inter Milan home crowd all ridicule Icardi for his actions and support Lopez.
Scottie Pippen and Charles Barkley
It’s no real surprise that these two didn’t get along. Barkley had to give up part of his salary when the Rockets wanted to sign on Pippen. Naturally, he didn’t like that very much, and the two of them, both having big egos, clashed with each other all the time.
They had bad chemistry, were always trying to one-up each other, and both tried to take the role of leader whenever the chance arose. Because of all that, they were at odds at pretty much every possible interval.
Sinisa Mihajlovic and Igor Stimac
The story between these two is actually quite sad. They were actually decent enough friends to begin with, and teammates and one point in time during their early years of soccer. But one of them was from Croatia, and the other, Serbia. When the war broke out between the two countries, Mihajlovic’s town was utterly destroyed.
With tensions high due to the conflict, the two met at the Yugoslavian Cup in Belgrade, and Stimac whispered to Mihajlovic that he ‘hoped his family was killed in Borovo.’ This led to Mihajlovic forgetting all about the game, and he spent the whole time trying to injure Stimac. Granted, they weren’t teammates when this happened, but they had once been teammates and friends.
Lawrie Sanchez and John Fashanu
Both members of the Wimbledon Football Club, these two nevertheless tried to injure each other several times, and not as some sort of playful roughhousing either. Lawrie slapped Fashanu for some perceived slight, then when Fashanu took him for a walk to calm down, Lawrie beat the hell out of him.
In a bid for vengeance, Fashanu spent many a game trying to deliberately bust up Lawrie’s calves so the latter’s soccer career would be ruined. However, that plan never came to fruition. Needless to say, they may have been teammates, but they sure weren’t friends.
Maurice Lucas and Magic Johnson
Thanks to a fantastic team that included Magic Johnson, the 1980s Lakers were a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the addition of Maurice Lucas did more harm than good. He had an attitude far too big for his actual quality.
Lucas continued to challenge other team members and even the coach, prompting even someone as relatively polite as Magic Johnson to tell him to shut up on most occasions. They didn’t like each other, but in Johnson’s case, that seems justified.
Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt
Manning was well known for being polite and respectful in pretty much all aspects of his career, both on and off of the field. However, even he had limits, and there were certain teammates that he really disliked and had no problem saying as much.
For him, that person was Mike Vanderjagt, going so far as to call him “our idiot kicker who got liquored up and ran his mouth off.” Well, everyone dislikes someone, right?
Johnny Manziel and Browns Teammates
This is less about a fight between two athletes, and more about one guy disliked by some of his teammates. Sure, lots of people had Manziel’s back when he was playing with the Cleveland Browns, but a lot of people disliked him as well.
Many of his teammates questioned his dedication to winning, and one anonymous teammate even went as far as to call him a “100 percent joke.” How many of his teammates felt this way about him is unclear.
Kobe Bryant and Smush Parker
Did you think Kobe Bryant only had one person he disliked on his own team? Of course not! He also had some problems with Smush Parker, apparently. Kobe had some pretty insulting things to say to Parker when the latter was still a newbie coming in.
Because of that, Smush went out of his way to avoid passing to Bryant when the chance arose in the middle of games. Needless to say, that’s a grudge if ever there was one.
Billy Martin and Ed Whitson
Billy Martin always had a reputation as a man who would throw a punch before words. And he and Ed Whitson already weren’t friends. Couple with some alcohol while Yankees were lounging around a Baltimore hotel, and tensions rose quite quickly.
In the end, a brawl broke out, with Whitson getting a cracked rib and a split lip for his troubles. Martin’s arm was broken, but since he started the fight, he was fired at the end of the season.
Michael Jordan and Everyone Else
Michael Jordan is undoubtedly one of the most legendary basketball players of all time, and that’s a fact. However, just because he was a great player doesn’t mean he was a great teammate. Unfortunately, his hostility wasn’t even with just one person.
Apparently, there’s tons of reports of Michael Jordan taking swings at fellow teammates. Why he felt the need to throw so many punches, we have no idea. Maybe he was just more temperamental in his prime.
Johnny Evers and Joe Tinkers
These two players from the Chicago Cubs were teammates, but they also hated each other. Well, all the way back in 1905, while the Cubs were preparing for an exhibition game in Indiana, Evers got into a cab and left for the field as all of his other teammates were waiting for the bus.
Tinkers got super ticked, yelled at Evers upon arriving at the stadium himself, and then the two of them proceeded to never speak to each other for a full two decades, despite being on the same team. Just goes to show, teammates can despise each other over literally anything.
Mario Balotelli and Everyone Else
This soccer player is extremely good, and everyone knows it. And yet, for some reason he has serious trouble making friends in any club, anywhere. He’s been transferred between clubs and countries far more than any player should.
In fact, during his stay at Liverpool, it was rumored that the club was going to give him up in as brief a time as six months. What exactly Balotelli does to tick everyone off, we’re not exactly sure.
Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan
Sure, these two did a bit with their wrestling performance in which they supposedly disliked each other, but that was just acting, right? Turns out they didn’t like each other for a time in real life either. Savage even used a rap song to call Hogan out for a real fight.
Since then, Savage has passed away, and Hogan said they patched up their relationship before that happened. Still, it’s interesting to think that they were real life enemies for a brief time.
40+ Celebrity Kids Following in Their Parents’ Athletic Footsteps
There are a lot of celebrity kids following in their parents’ athletic footprints. Here are a few examples…
Dwayne Wade is a three-time NBA champion, having earned those in his multiple-year stint with the Miami Heat. But, he’s so much more than that — he’s an entrepreneur and a proud father. Following in his dad’s shoes, Zaire Wade went from a star player on his high school team to the Brewster Academy, where he seems to be shining just as bright. He’s definitely a future NBA all-star.
If you say the word basketball, LeBron James is sure to be one of the first names to pop into your head. The “King” has played for multiple teams, including the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. His skills are surpassed by few, which is why he has earned rings with both teams.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as it appears that his son, Bronny, seems to have the same flair and skills on the court. Bronny is so good that he was offered scholarships to Duke and other colleges before he even graduated high school.
Scottie Pippen Jr.
Scottie Pippen was a member of the very successful Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan years. Though the spotlight was mainly on Jordan, Scottie was a key part of the team’s success. With that, there’s no denying that his skills were absolutely amazing on the court.
His son, who went on to play for Vanderbilt in college, is not only gifted with the same skills, but also with a father who wants to share his wisdom. We’re sure that’s part of the reason Scottie Pippen Jr. is such a great player.
Shaquille O’Neal retired from basketball, but he was easily one of the best players on the court in his day. He used his fame to dabble in acting, and even to become a sports announcer. But, perhaps the thing he’s most proud of is his kids.
The young Shareef is extremely talented and got himself into UCLA, but unfortunately, he sat out his first year. This was due to a medical issue that he later had surgery for.
Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Tennis changed forever when Venus and Serena Williams stepped onto the court. Serena went on to become a 23-time grand slammer winner and one of the most famous tennis players.
In September of 2017, the famous tennis player welcomed her daughter, Olympia, into the world. Just three short years later and it looks like this little lady is on her way to show mama bear a thing or two!
Model and soccer player David Beckham is by far one of the greats of the soccer field. He has played all over the world and has won several trophies. Together with his wife, Victoria, he settled down and had four children.
Though all of the kids have shown some talent in soccer, only Harper has said she wants to follow in dad’s footsteps. It seems like she’s on the right track!
Tiger Wood has had a hectic career, but one thing you can’t take away from him is his talent. Tiger burst onto the scene at the age of 20 and stirred up the golf world. Winning his first Masters the following year was perhaps the end of one amazing year.
In 2020, at the age of 11, Charlie competed with his dad and showed off his own skills. If he’s this good now, we can’t imagine how he’ll be as an adult.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has made quite the career for himself in Hollywood. But, he started back in the good old WWE as a professional wrestler. He was a multi-time champion and one of the most familiar faces of the sport.
His daughter, Simone, seems to have caught the bug. At the young age of 19, she was signed to a contract with the WWE. She will be a fourth-generation wrestler if she makes it through training.
Dwayne’ The Rock’ Johnson
Speaking of ‘The Rock,’ his dad — Rocky Johnson — was also a champion and star of the squared circle. In the ’70s and ’80s, he was part of a pretty popular tag team, and young Rock was exposed to the industry, eventually finding his way into the ring as well.
In the ’90s, Dwayne Johnson transformed into ‘The Rock’ when he signed with WWE. He worked his way up and became a household name before eventually retiring. Since then, he has built himself quite a lucrative acting career.
Ken Griffey Jr.
In the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Ken Griffey Sr. was one of the major All-Stars to step onto the diamond. He was a two-time World Series winner and multiple-time All-Star. With his skills, it was a given that his children would be pretty talented too.
That was definitely true when it came to Ken Griffey Jr., who followed in his footsteps and became a major baseball star — and one of the best players in the ’90s and 2000s.
One of the most important positions on any team is the head coach. One of the most famous of these was Buddy Ryan. He not only coached college teams, but several pro teams as well.
When your dad is one of the most famous coaches out there, it makes sense that you follow suit. That’s exactly what Rob Ryan did, as he’s currently the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
Eli and Peyton Manning
Archie Manning was a quarterback with the New Orleans Saints, the Houston Oilers, and the Minnesota Vikings. Though his NFL career was not as illustrious as his sons, he still had a decent career and imparted a lot of knowledge to his boys.
Eli and Peyton both have gone on to take the drive and knowledge their dad shared with them and turn it into outstanding careers.
Steph and Seth Curry
Dell Curry played for five different teams in his almost 20-year career. In 2002, he retired and with that, he finished his career as the Charlotte Hornets highest point scorer of all time. After retirement, he began his career as an announcer — and just in time to be an announcer for his sons’ games.
Both of Dell’s sons, Steph and Seth, have gone on to become incredible basketball players. Though Seth is talented, Steph gets more air time as he’s a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors.
Mychal Thompson was a center that played for multiple teams in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. He won two championships and was a first-round draft pick in 1978. After retiring in 1991, he transitioned to radio as a commentator in Portland and eventually relocated to work on Lakers radio.
Mychal’s son, Klay, has been playing on the championship-winning Golden State Warriors for the last decade as a shooting guard.
Clay Mathews III
William Clay Matthews Jr. was a linebacker from the 1970s to the 1990s with both the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. Though he never won a Superbowl, he still holds a place in the top five linebackers in NFL history, with the most tackles.
Clay Mathews III is also a linebacker who played for the Green Bay Packers and the LA Rams. During his career, Clay III was able to capture a Superbowl win and was also chosen as a first-round draft pick.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a welterweight boxer in the ’70s and ’80s. He’s well known for his defensive moves and because of this, when he retired, he began to train others how to do what he loved. This included his very famous son.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has fought in many weights and is still undefeated, which is impressive given the span of his career. His father’s defensive ability must have been inherited because many feel that he’s the best defensive boxer ever.
Rob Boone has had many roles in the MLB. He started off as a catcher in the ’70s and ’80s, finally retiring in 1990. He was a multiple-time All-Star and a World Series winner with the Phillies in 1980. Afterward, he became a pretty well-known manager.
His son, Bret — though not a catcher — followed in his dad’s footsteps and became a baseball player. He worked his magic as a second baseman throughout the ’90s and early 2000s before finally retiring in 2005.
The Bonds boys were the first father-son duo to have more than 1,000 home runs combined. Bobby certainly taught his boy a thing or two. After all, he was the first player to have 30 home runs and steals in one season.
Barry Bonds was top of his game for years, and his stats show it. With the most home runs in history as well as several other accolades, he’s considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Felipe Alou was an outfielder and first baseman for both the Montreal Expos and the San Francisco Giants. Felipe found his way onto the All-Star team on three separate occasions and was a hit leader in the league several times. Later, he became a manager and even managed his own son.
Moises played the outfielder position as well on seven separate teams. He, too, was an All-Star player and earned a World Series win in 1997 when he played for the Florida Marlins.
Howie Long is a famous defensive end who used his fame to build a career as an actor and sports analyst. Howie played for 13 seasons with the Raiders and was even part of the Super Bowl XVIII championship team.
Howie’s son, Chris Long, also played the defensive end position just like his dad. Chris, though, played for three separate teams and earned two Super Bowl wins before retiring in 2018.
A power hitter and first baseman in the ’80s and ’90s, Cecil Fielder played in both the US and Japan. During his career, he was on the All-Star team three times and was also on the World Series-winning team in 1996.
Prince took the same position on the field as his dad. Considering that he’s a six-time All-Star player and has had the opportunity to play for three different teams, we think it’s safe to say that he led a pretty awesome career until he retired in 2016 due to a second neck injury that required surgery.
Bill Walton was a center for multiple teams in the ’70s and ’80s. He won NBA championships with both the Trailblazers and the Celtics — and those are only some of his accolades. He eventually retired and made the transition to sports announcer.
His son, Luke, followed his path to a point and then made his own way after retirement. He played 10 seasons in the NBA as a forward, winning two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has been coaching since he retired in 2013.
Doc Rivers is now a coach for the 76ers but started his basketball career off on the court as many coaches do. He played point guard on four separate teams, ending his illustrious career in 1996 when he was with the Spurs.
His son, Austin, watched his dad and wanted to follow suit. After playing for Duke, he was drafted by the Hornets, where he played for three seasons. He then bounced around for a while before signing with his current team, the Denver Nuggets.
Million Dollar Bill, as he was known on the track, Bill Elliot is one of the most famous stock car racers of all time. He won the Winston Cup, Daytona 500, and many other major races from the early ’80s and well into the 2000s.
His son seems to be following in his father’s footsteps as he put the pedal to the metal on the NASCAR circuit, even winning the Cup series in 2020.
Randy Moss was a wide receiver in the ’90s and 2000s. He first played for the Minnesota Vikings and retired with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 — with several accolades and records under his belt. Since his retirement, Randy has been keeping busy as a sports analyst.
His son, Thaddeus, is a tight end with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former LSU star has had little time to show off his skills, but we’re sure he’ll have just as impressive a career as his pops.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The late great Dale Earnhardt Sr. raced for over three decades, collecting several wins along the way. Known as ‘The Intimidator,’ Dale was an icon in the world of racing. He is, for many, the best driver to ever grace the NASCAR circuit.
Those are big shoes to fill, but Dale Jr. thought he would get out there on the track and see what he could do. It turns out that he’s just as talented as his father. But, he also does other things. Not only is he an analyst for NBC, but he also writes and even owns his own racing team!
Mike Dillon is now a general manager for the Childress team, but he started off on the track as a driver for the team. A talented race car driver, Mike has raced in all three national series but ultimately never won a single race.
His son, Austin, is a full-time racer in the NASCAR cup series and holds the most consecutive pole record. He also has several wins under his belt!
In the ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the WWF (now WWE) without seeing the Heart Foundation. The team consisted of Bret ‘the Hitman’ Hart and Jim ‘the Anvil’ Neidhart. They were everywhere and often with title belts around their waist.
Growing up in Canada’s wrestling royal family and with the Anvil as your dad, it’s no surprise that daddy’s little girl, Natalya, would follow in her famous father’s footprints. One of the biggest female superstars of the current WWE, Natalya is known for her strength and submission capability.
Cowboy Bob Orton was perpetually the heel, and he did it so well. Cowboy won multiple championships, including tag team gold and singles gold in multiple territories. He’s a Hall of Famer, and one of the greatest icons of the ’80s and ’90s.
His son, Randy, who’s still wrestling with the WWE, came in and worked his way to being the second youngest wrestler to ever win the WWE Championship twice. He’s known for his speed and agility, as well as his power.
Ric Flair is a name that, even if you’re not into professional wrestling, you will undoubtedly know. He’s a 16-time champion and one of the only wrestlers to make it into the Hall of Fame more than once. He was inducted as both a single competitor and with the iconic group known as the Four Horsemen.
As it happens, his daughter, Charlotte, has picked up the mantle and the feathered robe to strut down to the WWE ring every week to compete. She’s a multiple-time champion and one of the powerhouses that has led the revolution in women’s wrestling over the last few years.
Paul Ince is now a professional soccer manager. In his on-field career, he played as a midfielder for multiple teams. He was the first black captain for Manchester United and later a manager for Blackburn.
His son, Tom, has played multiple positions — including attacking midfielder and forward. He’s now playing for Luton Town F.C.
Diego Mardona Jr.
Diego Maradona was an Argentinian soccer legend who played as both an attacking midfielder and a second striker for several teams between 1976 and 1997. He later became a respected manager.
His son, Diego Sinagra — often called Diego Jr. — was also a soccer star, but in Italy where he played for the national team and several clubs within the professional landscape. He also played beach soccer as a forward and midfielder.
Michael Nylander is a Swedish hockey player who has played for both the Swedish national team at the Olympics, as well as for several Canadian and American teams. After over two decades as a player, Michael retired in 2015 and turned to coaching.
William, his son, plays as a right-wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was drafted in the first round by that team. His career is still young and so, he has many years to shine.
Keith Tkachuk is a hockey player who played in the left-wing position for teams like the Phoenix Coyotes and the Atlanta Thrashers. He played from 1991 to 2010. During his career, he became one of five American-born players to score 500 goals — as well as the sixth American player to score 1,000 points.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Matthew is left-wing and plays for the Calgary Flames. He has played for them since 2016 and has been a part of the IIHF World championship team twice.
‘The Greatest’ is what we all know him as — Muhammad Ali. Later in life, the legend became a philanthropist, although he continued to have a major presence in the boxing world.
His daughter, Laila, would follow that path as well and become a champion in several different weight categories. Eventually, she would retire to become an actress and decorated author.
After his Stanford career, Ed McCaffery was signed to the New York Giants. Over the next 12 seasons, he played for two more teams and won three Superbowl championships. After retirement, he went on to coach high school and college teams in Colorado.
Christian, his son, is a running back with the Carolina Panthers. He too went to Stanford, and though he hasn’t won a championship ring yet, he still has a long career ahead of him.
Joey and Nick Bosa
John Bosa played for three seasons as a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins. John only played 31 games in his career, but those games were enough to inspire both his boys to follow the same track.
Nick and Joey are both currently defensive ends in the NFL. Nick plays for the 49ers and Joey for the Chargers. Both have several accolades, and it looks like they’ll be playing a long time, so they’re bound to rack up some more!
In the 2000s, Terrence Metcalfe played in the guard position for the Bears, Lions, and the Saints. After leaving the field, Terrence turned to coaching at a local community college. He didn’t have an illustrious career, but he was a consistent player.
DK Metcalf, Terrence’s son, is a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. He has been playing for them since 2019 but really hasn’t been there long enough to garner any major accomplishments, so we will have to watch and see.
Jim Burrow was a defensive back in the Canadian Football League and an All-Star. He also played for the NFL, and even for teams like the Green Bay Packers from 1974 until 1981. After his football career was over, he turned to coaching up until 2018.
Joe attended and played for LSU, and in 2020, was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals as a quarterback. He already has several accomplishments on his resume, including winning the Heisman Trophy.
From 1982 to 1994, Steve Jordan played for the Minnesota Vikings as a tight end. He played in six different Pro Bowls, and he still holds a record with the Vikings for the all-time single-game receiving record as a tight end. After he retired from the NFL, Steve then worked as a civil engineer.
After college, Cam Jordan was drafted to the New Orleans Saints as a defensive end. As of today, he has garnered 514 tackles and 95 sacks, along with multiple other accolades.
Kenyon Martin Jr.
For 15 seasons, Kenyon Martin Sr. played in the NBA as a power forward. He retired in 2015 while playing with the Milwaukee Bucks. Today, he has a weekly podcast titled “Neat and Unfiltered” on the Basketballnews.com Podcast Network.
His son, Kenyon Martin Jr., is currently a small forward for the Houston Rockets. Originally, the young baller was going to play for Vanderbilt, but with the rules of the NBA draft, he opted to declare himself and was picked straight from college.
After graduating from Temple in 1995, the point guard would find his way to the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers. In 2007, he retired and became the assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets and is presently a coach for Camden HS.
In 2018, the Dallas Mavericks picked up Jalen Brunson as a point guard — just like his dad. Jalen is a two-time NCAA champ and a gold medal-winning player.
Ryan Lochte is one of the most awarded swimmers in Olympic history. He garnered 12 Olympic medals and is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history, behind Michael Phelps. His skills have been shown many times over, and it seems he’s looking for his son to follow in his footsteps.
Though the kid is a little too young to have any accolades under his belt, it’s clear that his dad is looking to hand down some of the skills that he has. Just look at the Halloween costume.
Shawn Johnson East was part of the 2008 USA Gymnastics National Team, where she showed off her skills and earned herself a few medals. Though she had skills in every discipline, she shined on the balance beam. She also shone as the winner of season eight of Dancing With the Stars.
The gymnast just recently gave birth to her first child, but they’re already spending their downtime in a gym, where mama bear is showing her little one some of the basics. We’re sure that we will see young Drew up on the balance beam soon!
Anna Kournikova was one of the most well-known tennis players before she retired from the sport. She may never have won a singles title, but she was very successful in doubles. She and Enrique Iglesias brought their daughter Mary into the world in 2020.
The very young Mary is not on the courts yet, though mom is starting to dress her for the occasion. Maybe that’s a sign of what the future holds.