All in the Family: Linebackers, Secondary

Every year, numerous players joining the NFL come from families rich in athletic tradition. In Part 3 of this three-part series, the NFL Draft Report introduces you to the players who had family members compete in collegiate or professional sports.


Duke Ihenacho

San Jose State University Spartans

The Torrence, Calif., native was the first member of his family to become fascinated by football, but when he tried to join his Serra High School football team, his mother voiced strong objections about her sons competing in sports. It took a lot of "discussions" and sneaking around during their prep careers for Duke and his older brother, Carl, to convince their mom that the game could eventually become the family business. Carl went on to star as a defensive end at San Jose State from 2006-09 and is a linebacker with the Oakland Raiders.

Asa Jackson

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo

Brother, Ade, also played football at Christian Brothers High School and is a freshman at Pennsylvania University. Ade rushed 15 times for 123 yards and a touchdown, caught six passes for 99 yards and a touchdown; had 66 tackles and averaged better than 44 yards on kickoff returns in 2010 at Christian Brothers.

Janzen Jackson

McNeese State University Cowboys

A coach's son, Jackson was mentored by his father, former McNeese State defensive back Lance Guidry, at Carencro High School. Guidry is the defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky, having served in that same role at Miami University (Ohio) and at his alma mater in 2008. A veteran coach in Louisiana football's high school ranks, Guidry served as secondary coach at Leesville High 1995 and 1996, helping lead the Wampus Cats to the state championship game.

Guidry also coached defensive backs at Carencro (La.) High School for three seasons (1997-99), then returned years later to serve as the Golden Bears' head coach (2005-07), where Janzen was the team's star player. In between his stints at Carencro, Guidry served as defensive coordinator and coached the secondary at McNeese State (2000-04). The Cowboys won three straight SLC crowns during that stretch, making it to the finals in the FCS Championship Series.

Chase Minnifield

University of Virginia Cavaliers

His father, Frank Minnifield, was a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns (1984-92).

Josh Norman

Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers

Older brother, Marrio, was an All-American cornerback at Coastal Carolina (2004-07) in 2007.

Shaun Prater

University of Iowa Hawkeyes

Twin brother Shane was an incoming recruit at Iowa (last set of twins to play at Iowa were the Kooiker brothers in the mid-1990s) before transferring to Texas A&M, Kingsville. Older brother, Nate, was a tight end at Kansas State in the mid-2000s.

Randy Hopkins, another brother, was a wide receiver at Nebraska-Omaha.

Ryan Steed

Furman University Paladins

Father, Ernest Steed, played basketball at Spartanburg Methodist College.

Brandon Taylor

Louisiana State University Tigers

Taylor carries on a family tradition, as he is one of three Taylor brothers to earn a football scholarship to Louisiana State. His brother, Curtis, played on LSU's national title team in 2007 and was drafted in 2008 by the San Francisco 49ers.

Another brother, Jhyryn, spent two years at Louisiana State before transferring to a junior college in the spring of 2010.


Emmanuel Acho

University of Texas Longhorns

Brother Sam played defensive end at Texas and is in the NFL after being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Both parents, Sonny and Christie, were born in Nigeria, where his mother ran track at University College Hospital in Nigeria.

Emmanuel Acho (left) and Kennan Robinson. Harry How/Getty Images

Najee Goode

West Virginia University Mountaineers

The youngest of three brothers, Najee has professional football bloodlines, as his father, John, was a tight end standout at Youngstown State who spent the 1984 season with St. Louis after the Cardinals drafted him in the fifth round. He went on to play for Philadelphia. His brother, Tariq, also played at Youngstown State in 2006 and performed in arenafootball2 for the Mahoning Valley Thunder.

Another brother, Wakeem, was a starting linebacker at Hampton University (2005-08).

James-Michael Johnson

University of Nevada Wolf Pack

A cousin, Jerome Boyd, was a linebacker at the University of Oregon (2005-08), where he appeared in 46 games, recording 178 tackles (68 solos) with 6.5 sacks, 18.5 stops for losses of 71 yards, an interception, seven pass deflections and a pair of forced fumbles. In 2007, Boyd was the recipient of the team's Clarke Award (selected as the most improved by the coaching staff, the award was inaugurated in honor of Dudley Clarke, captain of Oregon's 1909 team), and in 2008, he was the winner of Oregon's Officer Award (presented to a player who has made a major contribution toward the success of the foot-ball program despite physical adversity, and is named after the Ducks's former head trainer, Bob Officer). Boyd signed by the Oakland Raiders in November o help provide depth at the strong safety position.

Mychal Kendricks

California at Berkeley Golden Bears

Kendricks is a Pac-10 Conference "legacy" as his father, Marvin, played college football at UCLA, leading the Bruins in rushing in 1970 and 1971 before venturing north to play for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League during the 1973 season. Mychal's brother, Eric, is also a Pac-12 Conference linebacker, playing at UCLA in 2011.

Brandon Lindsey

University of Pittsburgh Panthers

His father, John Lindsey, played basketball at Memphis State University (1969-71).

His brother, Willie, played football at Northwestern (1989-92).

Jonathan Massaquoi

Troy University Trojans

Cousin of current Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Cleveland Browns receiver Mohammed Massaquoi.

Another cousin, Tim Massaquoi, was a tight end at the University of Michigan.

Keenan Robinson

University of Texas Longhorns

Brother, Aubrey Smith, played cornerback at Missouri Valley College.


Bryan Anger

University of California at Berkeley Golden Bears

Brother Michael Jr. played football at San Diego and soccer at UC Irvine.

Drew Butler

University of Georgia Bulldogs

If Butler can match the placekicking skills of his father as a punter, some NFL team will solve any issues they have at that position for a long time. Most Bulldogs fans, young and old, are quite familiar with Drew's father, former UGA All-American Kevin Gregory Butler, who went on to a stellar NFL career with the Chicago Bears (1985-1995) and Arizona Cardinals (1996-1997).

In his 11 seasons with the Bears, Butler became the team's all-time leading scorer with 1,116 points, easily surpassing the old record of 750 points held by Walter Payton. Butler was part of the oft-praised 1985 Bears team who won Super Bowl XX. His nickname during his time with the Bears was "Butthead."

It was said that Butler called his fiancée from training camp in Platteville, Wis., and explained that "we're going to have to change the date of our wedding, because we're going to the Super Bowl and it's on January 26th."

When he was released by the Bears after the 1995 season, he was the last remaining holdover from the Super Bowl XX team. Butler finished his 13 NFL seasons with 265 of 361 field goals (73 percent) and 413 of 426 extra point attempts, giving him 1,208 total points. Since retiring, he has continued his affiliation with the University of Georgia as the co-host of the Budweiser Fifth Quarter Show on 106.1 WNGC and 960 WRFC in Athens.

In his role as radio co-host, the proud father had a "front seat" view of Drew rewriting a few school records on his own. Since taking over punting duties in 2009, Drew produced three of the top five seasons on the school punting record chart. As a sophomore, Butler compiled a 48.05-yard average, breaking the school record, as it ranks second on the Southeastern Conference and tied for eighth on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision list.

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Dave-Te Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. At NFL Scouting, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft.

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