The passing of Father’s Day makes us at Winning Streak a little sentimental. As we get older, and make the transition from sons to fathers, we reflect on all the great things our dads have done for us; particularly in the area of sports. Many fathers begin by coaching Little League, tossing the football around in the backyard or discussing the finer points of defensive play watching March Madness. Rich or poor, famous or infamous, every dad wants the best for their children. And even more so they want their children to learn from them and surpass any accomplishments made in the past.
In honor of Father’s Day, Winning Streak would like to present its top three athletic dynasties:
The Manning Family: The name is nearly synonymous with football; Archie, Eli and Peyton represent strength, endurance and championships. Father Archie played quarterback for three different NFL teams; Peyton won the MVP award with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI; Eli followed by winning the award in Super Bowl XLII with the New York Giants. As if that weren’t enough, Eli claimed his second Super Bowl MVP award when the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI.
Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr.: Appearances aside, the Griffey men do more than merely exude confidence, they thrive on it. Ken Griffey, Sr. was part of the Cincinnati Reds that won consecutive World Series Championships in 1975 and 1976. He was a three-time All-Star (1976, 1977 and 1980) and even won the game’s MVP award in 1980. Griffey, Jr. currently ranks 6th all-time in MLB history with 630 home runs (several in the St. Louis Metro Area) , while his dad hit 152. In 1990, the Griffeys became the first father and son duo to play on the same team when they took the outfield together for the Seattle Mariners.
The Hulls: Who is the only father and son combination in any professional sport to both have their numbers retired? The answer to this great trivia question is, you guessed it, Bobby and Brett Hull. This sets the bar very high for any other father and son duo that plays hockey. Bobby was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1983, while Brett was inducted in 2009. In addition to that distinction, the Hulls are the only father and son duo who have both won the Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (Sportsmanship).
Don’t wait to find out if your son or daughter has what it takes to go pro. Treat their team jersey like it’s your most prized possession. Act like everything they touch is spirit wear. Encase their custom apparel and put it on display for the next generation to see.