There have been a ton of star athlete fathers who have went on to have children who have succeeded in athletics. The Manning’s, the Curry’s the Hull’s and more come to mind. However, in this article, I’m going to be taking a look at the best father and son duo’s who actually competed at the same time as one another.
1. Randy Couture and Ryan Couture
Randy Couture is without a doubt one of the most legendary UFC fighters in history as was a multi-weight champion and actually fought well into his 40’s (and won championships after that age), which is a rare occurrence. His son, Ryan, looks like he is a chip off of the old block. While he is already 33, he has been a pro MMA fighter since 2009 and has amassed an impressive record of 10-4. While he is not likely to have the resume of his father, this is impressive nonetheless.
2. Gordie Howe and Mark Howe
If you go through the best players in NHL history, Gordie Howe is right near the top of that list. Mr. Hockey scored over 1800 points in his career and scored 801 goals in his career, which is second all-time. He is also a six time Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s MVP. While his son, Mark Howe, is best known for being his son, he actually had quite a bit of talent. He scored nearly 750 points in around 950 NHL games as a defenseman, which is very impressive. This father and son duo actually played together on the Hartford Whalers in the 1979-80 season.
3. Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
When it comes to Nascar, it is likely that the Earnhardt’s are among the most famous and popular racers out there. Earnhardt was one of the most prolific racers of all time with a record tying seven Nascar championships before his unfortunate crash that took his life. Earnhardt Jr. has done a good job on continuing the legacy of his father and actually won the Daytona 500 six years to the day after his father’s death on the track. The two also became just the second father and son duo to go against each other in a race.
4. Lee Petty and Richard Petty
Lee Petty was probably the first Nascar superstar and won multiple championships in the 50s and actually won the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Not to be outdone, his son is tied for the record for most Nascar championships with seven and both Petty’s are in the hall of fame and both were ranked in the top 50 Nascar drivers of all time. These men are true legends of the sport and it is rare that you get a father son duo that are both as elite as these men were.
5. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Sr. was a three time all star, two time world series champion and a great hitter with over 2000 for his career. When his son debuted, people were unsure if he would live up to be as good as his father. Well, he did more than that. Ken Griffey Jr. was among the best hitters in history, hit over 500 homers and the amount of times he has made the all-star game is in the double digits. The Griffey’s also became the first father-son duo to play on the team when they both played on the Mariners in 1990.