Meet The Professional Siblings Of These Superstar Athletes!
When you hear the last name Curry, you probably think of Stephen Curry before his brother Seth. Both play in the NBA, but one has obtained superstar status while the other has become an important role player. It’s not uncommon for parents of athletic siblings to see both become professional athletes. It is rare, however, for both siblings to find the same success. For every B.J. and Justin Upton out there, there are more Jose and Ozzie Cansecos. Read on to find out which superstar athletes you didn’t know had siblings that also went pro!
The Giambi Brothers
Jason Giambi was one of MLB’s most dangerous power hitters in his prime. In 2000, he was named the American League MVP after crushing 43 home runs and reaching 137 runs batted in. His numbers and success, while marred by steroid use today, made him a superstar during his career.
His brother, Jeremy Giambi, played in MLB for six seasons with varying degrees of success. His best season came in 2001 when he drove in 57 runs and clubbed 12 homers.
The McGwire Brothers
Unlike the Giambis, the McGwire brothers played two different sports. Mark McGwire became an MLB icon alongside Jose Canseco with the Oakland A’s before setting home run records with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mark’s brother, Dan McGwire, was a star QB in college who became a first-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. He spent four years there without much success before spending one year in Miami and calling it a career.
The Curry Brothers
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is a household name. He has won three NBA Championships and been named the league MVP twice. He also holds several shooting records that may never be broken.
Steph’s brother can’t boast the same success. Originally a member of the Warrior family as well, Seth has since moved on. While he has managed to find regular playing time with other times, he has failed to reach the massive heights of success his brother has.
The Vick Brothers
Michael Vick and his brother Marcus have a lot in common. Both were standout college QB prospects at Virginia Tech, both signed NFL contracts, and both found themselves in trouble with the law. The difference is that Michael still managed to have a successful NFL career and become a $100 million player.
Marcus signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of college and was released before his first professional season was supposed to start. His legal troubles then made sure his career never recovered.
The Aaron Brothers
Hank Aaron is one of the greatest MLB players to ever put cleats on. Until 2007, he held the record for most career home runs with 755. With all of his accomplishments, most fans probably don’t know about his brother Tommie Aaron.
Tommie Aaron was one of “Hammerin'” Hank’s teammates in Atlanta, although he was not an everyday player. Over the course of his ten-year career, Tommie never hit better than .250 and never hit more than ten home runs in a season.
The Griffin Brothers
Blake Griffin was an instant NBA success after he was taken with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He helped bring “Lob City” to Los Angeles and turned the moribund franchise into a perennial contender.
Little do casual NBA fans know, but Blake’s brother Taylor was taken in the second round of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns in 2009. Taylor bounced around the NBA and most recently played in Italy.
The Gronkowski Brothers
Borderline Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski proved to be the best of his brothers during their professional NFL careers. Rob doesn’t have just one professional brother, though. He has two — Dan and Chris.
Dan Gronkowski played in the NFL from 2009 until 2011 in the same position as Rob. In 2011 they both even played in New England! Chris played fullback for three years before calling it a career.
The Gretzky Brothers
Perhaps the greatest hockey player of all-time, Wayne Gretzky was nicknamed “The Great One” for obvious reasons. Even today he holds several NHL records that analysts believe might never be broken. But what about his brothers?
Like Rob Gronkowski, Gretzky had two brothers that made it professionally. There was Brent, who played several games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And then there was Keith, a Buffalo Sabres draft pick who saw pre-season action but never played a regular-season minute.
Reggie And Cheryl Miller
Known as one of the great clutch shooters in the history of the NBA, it’s impossible to turn on a highlight show without seeing Reggie Miller’s face popping up. It turns out his sister might have been even better than he was.
Cheryl Miller was known as one of the greatest female college basketball players ever. When she was able to go pro, though, a knee injury sidelined her, forcing her to turn to coaching.
The Schumacher Brothers
Michael Schumacher is one of the most popular F1 racers of all-time. His career spanned two decades and featured 91 wins. He owns several Formula One records and was inducted into the FIA Hall of Fame with its inaugural 2017 class.
His brother, Ralf Schumacher, also had a successful F1 career but has long been overshadowed by his legendary brother. Ralf raced for just under 20 years, won six races, and never won a championship.
The Bailey Brothers
Champ Bailey played in the NFL from 1999 until 2014 and was named to 12 Pro Bowls. When he was named to the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame class in his first year of eligibility, no one could argue he didn’t deserve it.
Boss Bailey played in the NFL for six seasons. Drafted by the Detroit Lions, he played there for five years. His final year in the league, he played with Champ in Denver. At the end of that season, he was awarded a large contract by the team, too, but was released during training camp the next year.
The Ripken Brothers
Cal Ripken Jr., the “Iron Man” of MLB, was the face of the Baltimore Orioles from 1983 until 2001. He set the record for most consecutive games played and was an 18-time All-Star.
Billy Ripken played 12 seasons in MLB for four different teams. From 1987 until 1992 he even played with Cal on the Orioles. Today, “Billy the Kid” is a broadcaster and analyst. He also has a shared stake in several Minor League Baseball teams with his brother.
The Robinson Brothers
Jackie Robinson and his brother Mack Robinson were both world-class athletes. Jackie, of course, broke the color barrier in MLB and had a decade-long Hall of Fame career.
Mack Robinson was an Olympian with a decorated career as a runner. In 1936, he won the silver medal at the Berlin Olympics in the 200-meter race. He also set several junior college records before he turned his passion into a career.
The Grant Brothers
Former NBA star Horace Grant won four championships during his career and became a fashion icon in the league thanks to his wraparound glasses. Although he played alongside Michael Jordan, he didn’t let the great one overshadow him on the court.
Horace’s identical twin brother, Harvey, also played in the NBA. He was a first-round draft pick and averaged around 10 points-per-game during his 12-year career. Harvey’s son Jerian also played basketball and was a first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in 2015.
The Canseco Brothers
Jose Canseco is one of the most divisive players in MLB history. He was a part of must-watch games alongside Mark McGwire in Oakland as the “Bash Brothers,” but his legacy came crashing down when his steroid use was revealed.
His brother, Ozzie Canseco, also suited up for the A’s, but his career wasn’t nearly as long or successful as Jose’s. Ozzie played in three major league seasons and managed to play in 24 games.
The Boone Brothers
The current manager of the New York Yankees, Aaron Boone was a minor legend during his playing career with the team. It was his home run in 2003 against the Red Sox that sent the Yankees to the World Series that year.
Bret Boone played for five different teams over his decade-long career. In 2001, he led the American League in runs batted while playing for the Seattle Mariners. That season, however, has been left with an asterisk after Jose Canseco accused Boone of being on steroids.
The Hasselbeck Brothers
Matt Hasselbeck began his NFL career as the backup to Brett Favre in Green Bay before becoming the Starting QB for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2005 he led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His brother, Tim Hasselbeck, was a career backup for seven years. When he retired, he joined ESPN as a sports analyst. Later, when Matt retired, he joined his brother at the network, where he has taken on a prominent role.
The Matthews Brothers
The Matthews family, in NFL regards, is a legacy family. Clay Matthews Sr. was a devastating linebacker in the ’50s. So was his son, Clay Jr. And of course, Clay Matthews III made his own name as an elite defender for the Green Bay Packers.
Clay III’s brother, Casey, who also played in the NFL, lasted five seasons before a labrum injury abruptly ended his career. Like the rest of his family, he played linebacker.
The Long Brothers
Chris Long was taken with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2008 and was worth the hype. During his career, he won two Super Bowls and was named the Walter Peyton Man of the Year once.
Kyle Long only lasted for seven seasons in the NFL. He made three Pro Bowls for the Bears before a hip injury cut his promising career short. The brothers’ father is another NFL legend — Howie Long, who also had a brief acting career!
The Drew Brothers
J.D. Drew was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies with the second overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft. When the team failed to sign him, the Cardinals swooped him up. He played professionally for 14 seasons, was named an All-Star once, and won one World Series.
Stephen Drew played for 12 professional seasons with five different teams. Drew had his best season in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He scored 83 runs while batting .278 with a .352 on-base percentage.