Do the names on some of the jerseys worn by NCAA men’s basketball players look familiar to you? That’s because some of the top college players competing in this year’s NCAA tournament are the sons of former pro athletes. Take a look at some pairs of fathers and sons who both went on to excel in sports.
Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Jr.: Tim Hardaway Jr. is a junior guard at the University of Michigan. His father, Tim Hardaway Sr., was a five-time NBA all-star and played 14 seasons in the league.
Barry Larkin and Shane Larkin: Shane Larkin (pictured here as a youngster) is a sophomore guard at the University of Miami. His father, Barry, was a 12-time all-star shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds.
Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning: One of the most famous sports families are the Mannings. Father Archie Manning – who played for the Saints and the Vikings – passed his quarterback skills onto his sons Peyton and Eli, who have each earned Super Bowl MVP honors in their careers.
Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Perhaps NASCAR’s most popular driver of all time, Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s legacy is being carried out on the race track by his son, Dale Jr.
Tony Gwynn and Tony Gwynn Jr.: Tony Gwynn Sr., aka “Mr. Padre,” passed his baseball skills on to his son, Tony Gwynn Jr., who players for the Dodgers.
Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant: Joe “Jellybean” Bryant was an NBA player before he turned his focus to coaching. He previously coached the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks. His son, Kobe, is an NBA all-star with the L.A. Lakers.
Cecil Fielder and Prince Fielder: Cecil Fielder was a power hitter when he played in the Major League. His son Prince Fielder is now an all-star player in the league.
Patrick Ewing and Patrick Ewing Jr.: Patrick Ewing, the retired Knicks star, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. His son, Patrick Ewing Jr., was a standout at Georgetown before entering the NBA. He played in the developmental league and saw some action with New Orleans. He now plays overseas.
Andretti family: The Andretti family is one of the most successful families in racing. Mario started the family and racing, and later his son, Michael became a standout speedster and team owner. Michael’s son, Marco, now competes.
Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers: Doc Rivers is a former NBA player and the current coach of the Boston Celtics. His son Austin plays for the New Orleans Hornets.
Ripken family: Cal Ripken spent several decades working as a coach and manager in the Major Leagues. His son, Cal Ripken Jr., went on to become a Hall of Fame player. His son Billy also played in the Majors.
Bobby Hull and Brett Hull: NHL great Bobby Hull passed his hockey skills on to his son, Brett Hull. Brett was a standout player and also worked as a general manager.
Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds: Bobby Bonds and his son, Barry, both starred for the San Francisco Giants.
Bill Walton and Luke Walton: Former NBA great Bill Walton’s son players for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boone family: Three generations of the Boones have played in the Major Leagues. Ray Boone was the first to hit the majors, followed by his son, Bob. Bob’s sons – Aaron and Bret (pictured) – eventually hit the big leagues, too.