All in the Family: Running Backs

Whether it was a dad, brother or cousin playing college or pro football, or even a sister in the Lingerie Football League, the running backs in the 2014 NFL Draft have plenty of athletic genes in the family. One of those backs with family ties is Wisconsin's James White.

Tyler Gaffney: Stanford Cardinal

Tyler's father, Gene, played baseball at the University of San Diego from 1981-82. Tyler's younger brother, Drew, is a high school All-American playing rugby at the University of California.

Ryan Hewitt: Stanford Cardinal

Ryan's uncle, Dennis Hewitt, played defensive back at Eastern Michigan (1968-69) and the University of Dubuque.

Jerick McKinnon: Georgia Southern Eagles

Jerick's brother, Lester Norwood, was a free safety at the University of Florida (1998-2002).

Trey Millard: Oklahoma Sooners

Trey's brother, Ky, played football at Westminster College in Missouri. Their cousin, J.D. Gasparovic, played men's volleyball at Ball State.

Bishop Sankey: Washington Huskies

His father, Chris, coached Bishop in youth football back in Ohio, where Chris was also a member of the Central State University Marauders briefly. Chris is presently stationed at Fort MacArthur Air Force Base in San Pedro, California, where he is an Air Force technical sergeant.

James White: Wisconsin Badgers

His relatives, Santana and Sinorice Moss, play in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants, respectively. Santana was a consensus All-American and Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year at the University of Miami in 2000 (1997-2000), closing out his career with 143 receptions for 2,547 yards (17.8 ypc) and 19 touchdowns, adding 277 yards and a score on 12 carries, 1,196 yards and six touchdowns on 77 punt returns (15.5 avg) and averaged 23.4 yards on 16 kickoff returns.

Sinorice also lettered as a receiver at Miami (2002-05), snaring 68 balls for 1,106 yards (16.3 ypc) and nine touchdowns. Another relative, Craig White, played football at the University of Minnesota as a defensive back (1982-83), recording four interceptions in 22 games for the Gophers.

James Wilder Jr.: Florida State Seminoles

His father, James Wilder Sr., led the University of Missouri to three bowl appearances before he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played for most of his career with Tampa Bay, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1984. Wilder almost set an NFL record that season for combined rushing and receiving yards in a season, finishing 16 yards short with 2,229. 

In an attempt to give Wilder one more chance to break the record in the final minute of the final game of the 1984 season against the New York Jets, head coach John McKay ordered his defense to let the Jets score, so that the Bucs could go back on offense. This resulted in one of the strangest plays in NFL history where the Tampa Bay defense simply stood still as the Jets ran the ball into the end zone.   Wilder ranks first in Buccaneer history in rushing yards and receptions and even set an NFL record with 43 carries in a single game in 1984. Also in 1984 he set NFL records for carries (407) and touches (492) in a single season. Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor has stated that James Wilder was one of the toughest running backs that he played against during his career.

James Sr.'s daughter and James Jr.'s sister, Courtney Wilder, played running back on the Tampa Breeze during the 2011-12 Lingerie Football League season.

Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, 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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