Many retired NFL players have the privilege of seeing their sons follow in their footsteps and play professional football. Even more often, one player has the pleasure to see his brother play in the league too. While these two occurrences are not rare by themselves, together it does not happen too often. These are four of the second generation brothers who have played in the NFL in recent history.
Peyton and Eli Manning
There is no doubt Peyton Manning and little brother Eli Manning are their father’s sons. The two boys of former quarterback Archie Manning, these two Louisiana boys have also grown up to become successful in the NFL.
Peyton is often credited as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time even if his playoff record says otherwise. Eli, while far less consistent than Peyton, does have two Super Bowl rings compared to Peyton’s one. The Manning name is one of the most popular in sports thanks to all three of these men and how much they have given to the game.
Clay and Casey Matthews
Clay Matthews III and Casey Matthews are not second generation players, they are third. The sons of Clay Matthews Jr. and grandsons of Clay Matthews Sr., these two brothers continued the tradition of lining up on the defensive side in the linebacker position.
Clay Matthews III has become one of the most dangerous linebackers in the NFL while playing for the Green Bay Packers. Casey has had far less success, struggling to find playing time with the Philadelphia Eagles. Still, these two are a name-brand that may prove genetics has a lot to do with athletic talent.
Chris and Kyle Long
On opposite ends of the line are brothers Chris Long and Kyle Long. Chris, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft. Kyle was not drafted quite as high, but still was taken in the first round by the Chicago Bears. Both are the sons of former NFL star Howie Long.
The two brothers made headlines in 2013 when they had a scrum get a little out of hand when their teams faced each other. What looked like a spat between two brothers was actually Chris trying to help Kyle from a possible suspension. Howie should be proud if protecting each other is the closest they can get to a fight.
Matt and Tim Hasselbeck
Two more quarterbacks with NFL blood running through their veins from birth are Matt Hasselbeck and Tim Hasselbeck. Unlike the Mannings who had a quarterback father, Don Hasselbeck was a tight end.
Tim no longer plays and Matt has become a journeyman backup after several successful seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Surprisingly this family’s most famous claim to fame might be Tim’s marriage to former Survivor cast member and outspoken host of The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
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