Kellen Winslow Sr. (left) helped redefine the tight end position. The Hall of Famer had three seasons of almost 90 catches and 1,000-plus yards receiving. He played in five Pro Bowls and the San Diego Chargers enjoyed plenty of success during his tenure (1979-1987). His son, Kellen II, played tight end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — making one Pro Bowl in the six seasons with the team. Kellen II just signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.
Like father, like son
Many dads and their boys are united through football. In fact, plenty of sons have followed in their dads' gridiron footsteps. We take a look at some of the notable father-son NFL pairings.
Bennie (not pictured) starred for the Detroit Lions from 1988 to 1996. The Lions drafted the safety third overall and Blades was a longtime starter for Detroit, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 1991. He finished his career in 1997 with the Seattle Seahawks. His son H.B. (pictured) played linebacker for the Washington Redskins, who drafted him in 2007. He is currently a free agent.
Steve DeOssie and his son Zak (pictured) are do-it-all players. Steve, who played for four teams from 1984-1995, was a long snapper and linebacker. He snapped the winning field goal for the New York Giants in the 1990 season’s NFC Championship Game and then started at linebacker in the team’s subsequent Super Bowl win. Zak, who was drafted by and plays for the Giants, is also a linebacker and has experience on special teams since joining the NFL in 2007. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and has won two Super Bowls with the Giants in 2008 and 2012.
Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (pictured) is one of the greatest running backs in football history. He won the 1976 Heisman Trophy and was drafted No. 1 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 1977. Dorsett, who made four Pro Bowls, led the Cowboys to two Super Bowl appearances before ending his career in 1988 with the Denver Broncos. His son, Anthony, had a solid, but less distinguished career. The safety played from 1996-2003 for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and the Oakland Raiders.
Bob Griese (left) holds legendary status in Miami and for quarterbacks everywhere. The Hall of Famer led the Dolphins to two Super Bowl wins and was the primary quarterback in their unbeaten 1972 season. His son, Brian, struggled to achieve the prominence of his father — a four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Brian had the misfortune of trying to replace John Elway in Denver after Elway won two consecutive Super Bowls. He made a Pro Bowl in his five seasons with the Broncos, but was unable to latch on to any club for a prolonged period of time, switching teams five times in his 11-year career.
One of the vaunted Washington Redskins "Hogs," Russ Grimm (right) was one of the most dominant guards of his era. In a Hall of Fame career from 1981 to 1991, he was named All-Pro four times and played in four Super Bowls, winning three. His success has translated into coaching, too. He was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach when they won Super Bowl XL and in his current role as Arizona Cardinals assistant head coach/offensive line coach, the Cardinals had reached Super Bowl XLIII. His son, Cody, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. The linebacker had a good rookie season with the Bucs, starting nine games and picking off two passes while (scoring one touchdown). The younger Grimm has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons.
Herb Hannah played one season as an offensive tackle with the New York Giants in 1951, but two of his sons would achieve major success on the field a generation later. John Hannah's (pictured) 10 consecutive All-Pro seasons (1976-1985) prove he was one of the greatest guards who ever played. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1973 and ended it helping the Patriots reach Super Bowl XX. John’s brother Charley was a good player, too. He started his career as a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977. By the time he joined the Oakland Raiders in 1983, he was an offensive lineman who started on the Raiders’ Super Bowl-winning squad. He retired in 1988 with the Raiders.
Don Hasselbeck had a solid NFL career, playing nine seasons as a tight end. His big season was in 1981 with the New England Patriots, catching 46 passes for 808 yards and six TDs. Both of his sons became NFL QBs with varying degrees of success. Youngest son Tim (left) bounced around the league, appearing in only 12 games while on the rosters of five teams in six seasons. Older brother Matt (right) has played in the league 14 seasons, including 10 in Seattle, where he led the team to a Super Bowl appearance and went to three Pro Bowls. Matt will likely backup Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.
The late Jack Kemp (right) was an AFL star quarterback in the 1960s. Once he joined his third franchise, the Buffalo Bills, in 1962 his career took off. He led the Bills to AFL titles in 1964 and 1965 (also winning the MVP honors in 1965 as well). After ending his 11-season career in 1969, Kemp also became an influential politician, representing western New York for nine terms in the U.S. House and was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1996. Kemp's son Jeff had a less-distinguished football career, but played 11 seasons in the NFL for five teams, nonetheless.
Before Howie Long (left) starred as an FOX NFL Sunday analyst, he dominated on the field as a defensive lineman for the Raiders from 1981 to '93. The Hall of Famer made eight Pro Bowls and played a key role in the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII win over the Redskins. His son, Chris, also is a defensive lineman. He was drafted No. 2 overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2008 and signed a four-year contract extension before the 2012 season.
The Mannings are perhaps the First Family of the NFL. Father Archie (left) was drafted No. 2 overall by the New Orleans Saints in 1971. Despite playing on a team that wasn't too talented, Manning made two Pro Bowls as a quarterback. Two of his sons were destined for greater things. Peyton (center) was the first overall pick in 1998 and could be the best quarterback of his era. His 11 Pro Bowl nominations, two Super Bowl appearances (one win and game MVP) and overall dominance with the Indianapolis Colts prior to joining the Denver Broncos should make him a Hall of Famer. His brother Eli is a star in his own right, winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and earning MVP honors both times.
The Matthews name is in its third NFL generation. Clay Sr. was an offensive lineman who played four seasons for the 49ers. His sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., both played 19 seasons, Bruce as a Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Oilers/Titans and Clay Jr. (left) as a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Browns and Falcons. Clay III (center) has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons as a linebacker with the Packers and won a Super Bowl, and brother Casey (right), another linebacker, is in his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Terry Metcalf (pictured) was one of the NFL’s most dynamic players in the 1970s. The running back led the St. Louis Cardinals to two NFC East titles and in 1975 set a then-record in combined yardage with 2,462 in a 14-game season. He was a huge receiving threat, averaging more than 30 yards a catch in his six-season NFL career. (He did play three seasons in the Canadian Football League). His son Eric also dazzled offensively. He had modest success as a running back, caught almost 1,200 yards as a receiver in 1995, but as a returner Metcalf was most dangerous in his 13-year career. He finished with 10 punt return touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns.
The Chicago Bears couldn’t have made a better selection with the fourth overall pick in the 1975 draft when they chose the late Walter Payton (right). He led the NFC in rushing from 1976 to 1980 and made seven Pro Bowls. He was named NFL MVP in 1977 and 1985, the season the Bears won the Super Bowl. When he retired in 1988, he led the NFL in total yards and rushing touchdowns. His son Jarrett didn’t enjoy the sterling career his father had, playing one season (2005) with the Tennessee Titans.
Don Shula (left) is perhaps one of the greatest coaches of all time. The Hall of Famer’s resume speaks to that: two Super Bowl wins (in six appearances), an undefeated season and being the NFL’s winningest coach in 347-173-6 (.665) after 33 seasons. Two of his sons weren’t as successful as coaches. Mike became head coach of Alabama’s college football team, lasting four seasons (2003-2006) and going 26-23. Now he’s the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers. His brother David (right) fared worse, going 19-52 with the Cincinnati Bengals in the early 1990s. David now works in the other family business, Shula's Steak House.
Phil Simms (left) was a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback for the New York Giants in a 14-season career (1973-93). He was a key player on two Super Bowl teams, winning MVP honors for Super Bowl XXI. His son Chris was a journeyman quarterback who spent seven years in the league and is currently a coaching assistant with the New England Patriots.
The late Mosi Tatupu (left) was a beloved New England Patriots running back, playing 13 of his 14 NFL seasons with the club. A section of the Patriots’ then-stadium was for "Mosi's Mooses." He was a special teams standout (making the 1986 Pro Bowl) and the award given to college football’s top special teams player is named after him. His son, Lofa, enjoyed a stellar career as a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks before injuries kept him out of the 2011 season. Tatupu hoped to make a fresh start with the Atlanta Falcons but suffered another season-ending injury before playing a single game.
Manu Tuiasosopo played eight NFL seasons as a defensive lineman (1979-86). Many of his children took on athletic careers, too. His oldest son Marques (pictured) played quarterback for eight seasons (2001-08), seven with the Oakland Raiders. Marques' brother Zach was a fullback on the Eagles in 2006. Another brother, Matt, was drafted into the Seattle Mariners system, appearing in the major for briefs stints as a third baseman from 2008-10 before signing a minor league contract with the New York Mets in 2012.