Most families view one of their own getting drafted into the NFL as a tremendously special and rare achievement. In Su'a Cravens' family, however, he's following in footsteps.
Cravens, a safety-linebacker hybrid whom the Washington Redskins selected Friday in the second round of the NFL Draft, has quite a branchy sports family tree, one that includes four other NFL'ers. Jordan Cameron and Manti Te'o are two of his cousins. Another cousin, Colby Cameron, played quarterback at Louisiana Tech and was once signed by the Carolina Panthers. Former Cincinnati Bengals safety David Fulcher is a cousin on his mother's side.
But the Cravens are adept in more sports than just football. His grandfather played college baseball and basketball. Cousin Brynn Cameron played basketball at USC, Su'a alma mater. Even in his own household, Su'a had to put up with a lot of competition. His sister, Malia, was a college basketball player and a member of the Trojans' track team while his brother, Siaki, was a defensive lineman at the University of Hawaii.
All of this led to some competitive family reunions. Cravens told reporters shortly after he was drafted that games during those reunions "weren't for fun. We were playing for bragging rights. Whoever won the game definitely let the rest of us know."
So who's the best athlete in this family choked full of them?
"I would say [Malia]. I think she’s a real baller," Cravens said.
Breaking Burgundy publisher Ben Standig contributed to this report from Ashburn.
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