Throughout the history of sport there have been a number of sons of sports legends who have gone on to emulate the success of their father. Whilst pretty rare, these young men and have decided that they will take what their father has done and go on to match or better their sporting achievements. By no means an easy feat, the sons of these famous fathers have lived up to the pressure that comes with having a successful parent and utilized it to their benefit. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous father and son combos that have graced the sporting world.
Jack and John Elway
The Elways are very much a household name in the world of football and it all started with Jack Elway senior who was a college quarterback with a glittering career in front of him. After Elway Snr’s career was cut short from a knee injury he continued his love for the game and went on to become a highly respected college coach and later a scout. Son John Elway would go on to achieve what his father had not and after being drafted as number one pick for the Denver Broncos, Elway Jnr would go on to win back to back Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning MVP in the first and later being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Following the end of his 16 year career, Elway would become the head coach of the Broncos where he oversaw his third Super Bowl success.
Bobby and Barry Bonds
The Bonds family name has dominated baseball for some time and as a father and son combo they have become legends in the game. Bobby Bonds set an incredibly high standard for his sone to follow in a career which saw him win three Golden Gloves, become an All-Star three times steal 461 bases and hit an insane 332 homers. Son Barry would rise to the challenge and go on to become what is widely considered to be the greatest baseball player to have ever lived, he currently holds records for homers and stolen bases with 762 and 514 respectively.
Ken Norton Senior and Junior
Ken Norton was an absolute beast in the boxing ring and he is a Hall of Fame heavyweight who chalked up 32 wins including a split decision victory over the great Muhammed Ali and he was the WBC World Champion from 1977-78, no easy feat in what is considered to be the golden age of boxing. Son Ken Norton Junior decided to spurn the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps and instead chose a career in football. Norton Jnr was picked up in the draft as a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys and would go on to become the first player in NFL history to win three back-to-back Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers in 1992, 93 and 94.