Fathers and Sons

The real Father's Day present from nine NFL rookies will be unwrapped from September 8-12 – on NFL Kickoff 2005 Weekend. At that time, if all goes well, they will give Dad a gift 140 sons have presented before – following in his footsteps as NFL players.

The fathers can’t wait.

"I can’t tell you how proud I am of Braylon, because he’s worked so hard to get to this point in his life," says Stan Edwards, the former Houston Oilers (1982-86) and Detroit Lions (1987) running back, whose son Braylon was selected with the third overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

Braylon Edwards became the first receiver in Big-Ten history to record three 1,000-yard seasons while leading the Michigan Wolverines to back-to-back conference championships and Rose Bowl appearances in 2003 and 2004. He is one of only five Michigan receivers in school history to wear the coveted No. 1.

Growing up in his father’s hometown of Detroit, following him to Michigan, and now embarking on his first NFL season, Braylon has been retracing his father’s footsteps for as long as he can remember.

"My father was my role model," says the rookie. "He definitely played a big role in helping me get to where I am today."

Stan Edwards instilled many values in his son along the way, but a few in particular stand out in Braylon’s mind.

"He taught me the right things to do, and as a result, through hard work and perseverance, I’m where I am today because of myself, my family, and most importantly, my father."

In Seattle, new Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, the team’s second-round choice out of USC, has already given his dad a present, and wouldn’t mind duplicating it in the NFL.

After the Trojans won a share of the national championship in 2003, Lofa gave his championship ring to his father Mosi, a former Southern Cal fullback who played 14 years in the NFL (New England, 1978-90; L.A. Rams, 1991) and is now an assistant coach at Curry College.

"Lofa has a wonderful appreciation for his father’s legacy," says his mother Linnea. "All these years, it’s been ‘This is Mosi’s son, Lofa.’ Now the script is flipping and it’s ‘That’s Lofa’s dad, Mosi.’ His father was not only a good football player but is a great man, kind and considerate."

Tatupu is not the only current Seahawk whose father played in the NFL. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's father Don spent nine years in the league as a tight end from 1977 to 1985. His career included time with New England, Minnesota, the Los Angeles Raiders and the New York Giants. Matt's brother Tim is also a quarterback, currenty with the Giants after one year with the Eagles and two with the Redskins.

Kevin House, the cornerback who spent three years in San Diego and this spring with the NFLEL's Cologne Centurions as a Seahawks allocation, is the son of Kevin, Sr. The elder House played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams as a wide receiver.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round selection Barrett Ruud not only followed his father Tom’s lead when selecting a position (linebacker) and college (Nebraska), but he now will be learning from the same coach his dad had more than 30 years ago at Nebraska – Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin .

"In my opinion, Monte Kiffin is one of the best football coaches alive," says Tom, who played for Buffalo (1975-77) and Cincinnati (1978-79) in the NFL. "I’ve got the utmost respect for him. Monte’s a real special guy. The Bucs have a lot of pride and it starts at the top. Barrett’s in a good situation there."

Ruud and tight end Alex Smith – Tampa Bay’s third-round draft choice from Stanford whose father Ed was a defensive end for Denver in 1973-74 -- become the fourth and fifth second-generation NFL players on the Bucs’ roster, joining Brian Griese (Bob), Ryab Nece (Ronnie Lott ), and Chris Simms (Phil).

The other rookies this year who can join the NFL fathers-sons list are Dallas running back Marion Barber III, son of former New York Jets running back Marion, Jr.; Kansas City punter Duston Colquitt , son of former Pittsburgh punter Craig; Miami linebacker Channing Crowder, son of former Miami and Tampa Bay defensive tackle Randy; Pittsburgh fullback ZACH Tuiasosopo, son of former Seattle and San Francisco defensive lineman Manu; and Detroit cornerback Stanley, son of former Cincinnati running back Stanley.

There have been 140 father-son pairs and threesomes that have played in the NFL. The list includes names such as Dorsett (Tony and Anthony); Farr (Mel, Sr.; Mel, Jr.; and Mike); Jones (Dub and Bert); Kiick (George and Jim); Kramer(Jerry and Jordan); Klecko (Joe and Dan); Manning (Archie, Peyton and Eli); Matthews (Clay, Sr.; Clay, Jr.; and Bruce); Metcalf (Terry and Eric); and Shula (Don, Dave and Mike).

Here are some of the most notable current and all-time father-son combos (with current players denoted by an asterisk):

Tony LB-RB 1947-51, 1954 Cleveland Browns
Mike RB 1971-72 Kansas City Chiefs, 1973-74 New York Jets, 1975-76 Chicago Bears
Julius DE 1971-87 New England Patriots
Keith LB 2001-02 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-present Philadelphia Eagles *
Sam, Sr. G 1972-80 New England Patriots
Sam, Jr. DT 1994-99 Seattle Seahawks, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2003-present Buffalo Bills *
Allen, Sr. DE 1971-72 Houston Oilers, 1974 Cleveland Browns
Allen, Jr. LB 1994-97 Denver Broncos, 1998-01 Detroit Lions, 2002 Houston Texans
Bobby, Sr. LB-DE 1963-74 Kansas City Chiefs
Bobby, Jr. LB 1984 New York Jets, 1987 Chicago Bears
Ed G-DE 1950, 1952 Chicago Bears
Ed LB 1972-75 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1976 Seattle Seahawks, 1977-78 San Francisco 49ers
Ed G 1963-76 Kansas City Chiefs
Brad G 1980-86 Kansas City Chiefs
Billy TE-RB-WR 1960-63 Houston Oilers, 1964-69 Oakland Raiders, 1970 Kansas City Chiefs
Billy LB 1984 Dallas Cowboys
Reg TE 1962-63 San Diego Chargers, 1964-68 Kansas City Chiefs
Brett TE 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Miami Dolphins
Rubin DT 1975-86 Denver Broncos
Andre DE 2001-present San Francisco 49ers *
Monte T-DT-DE 1959-61 San Francisco 49ers, 1962 Dallas Cowboys, 1963-69 Cleveland Browns (Head Coach: 1976 San Francisco 49ers, 1978-84 Detroit Lions)
Bryan QB 1982-84 San Francisco 49ers, 1984 Cincinnati Bengals
Tony DE 1970-75 Oakland Raiders, 1976 San Francisco 49ers
Tony TE 1995-97 Buffalo Bills, 1998 Oakland Raiders
Rich C-TE 1970-74 Chicago Bears
Rich S 1999-02 St. Louis Rams, 2002 Tennessee Titans, 2003-04 St. Louis Rams, 2005 Atlanta Falcons *
Tony RB 1977-87 Dallas Cowboys, 1988 Denver Broncos
Anthony CB 1996-99 Houston/Tennessee Oilers-Titans, 2000-04 Oakland Raiders
Alphonse DT 1965 Kansas City Chiefs, 1966 Miami Dolphins, 1968-70 Oakland Raiders
Santana DT-DE 1992-95 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1996-01 Green Bay Packers, 2002 Washington Redskins
Mel, Sr. RB 1963-73 Detroit Lions
Mel, Jr. RB 1989 Los Angeles Rams
Mike WR 1990-92 Detroit Lions
Chuck RB 1973-79 Minnesota Vikings, 1980 New England Patriots
Jay LB 1999-01 Buffalo Bills, 2002-04 Houston Texans, 2005 Oakland Raiders *
Derrick WR 1978-87 NY Jets
Jabar WR 2002-present Houston Texans *
Dave DB 1961-64 Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, 1965-70 Oakland Raiders
David LB 1987-90 Cleveland Browns, 1991 San Diego Chargers
Bob QB 1967-80 Miami Dolphins
Brian QB 1998-02 Denver Broncos, 2003 Miami Dolphins, 2004-present Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
Herb T 1951 New York Giants
John G 1973-85 New England Patriots
Charley T-G-DE 1977-82 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1983-88 Los Angeles Raiders
Don TE 1977-83 New England Patriots, 1983 Los Angeles Raiders, 1984 Minnesota Vikings, 1985 New York Giants
Matt QB 1998-2000 Green Bay Packers, 2001-present Seattle Seahawks *
Tim QB 2002 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003-04 Washington Redskins, 2005 New York Giants *
Walter G-T-C 1968-69 Denver Broncos, 1972 Houston Oilers
Alonzo RB 1987-89 Houston Oilers, 1990-91 Dallas Cowboys, 1991-92 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
J.D. WR 1971-75 Buffalo Bills, 1976-77 Detroit Lions
Lonzell WR 1987-90 New Orleans Saints
Kahlil WR 2002-03 Atlanta Falcons, 2004 San Francisco 49ers
Kevin, Sr. WR 1980-87 Tampa Bay-LA Rams
Kevin, Jr. CB 2002-04 San Diego Chargers, 2005 Seattle Seahawks *
Gordon G-T 1972-75 Detroit Lions, 1976-77 Seattle Seahawks
Doug TE 2002-04 Oakland Raiders, 2005 New York Jets *
Dub RB-DB 1950-55 Cleveland Browns
Bert QB 1973-81 Baltimore Colts, 1982 Los Angeles Rams


Jack QB 1957 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1960-62 Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers, 1962-69 Buffalo Bills
Jeff QB 1981-85 Los Angeles Rams, 1986 San Francisco 49ers, 1987-91 Seattle Seahawks, 1991 Philadelphia Eagles
George DB-RB 1940, 1945 Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers, 1941-44 military service
Jim RB 1968-74 Miami Dolphins, 1976-77 Denver Broncos, 1977 Washington Redskins
Joe DL 1977-87 New York Jets, 1988 Indianapolis Colts
Dan DT 2003-present New England Patriots *
Joe DB 1961 Washington Redskins, 1963-66 Oakland Raiders
Joe LB 1986 Washington Redskins
Jerry G 1958-1968 Green Bay Packers
Jordan LB 2003-04 Tennessee Titans, 2005-present Atlanta Falcons *
Don WR-DB 1940 Philadelphia Eagles, 1941-42 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1943-45 military service
Joe Don RB 1964 Baltimore Colts, 1965-66 Detroit Lions, 1966-67 Washington Redskins, 1968 military service, 1969 New Orleans Saints
Ronnie S-CB 1981-90 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 Los Angeles Raiders, 1993-94 New York Jets
Ryan LB 2002-present Tampa Bay Buccaneers *
John DT 1966-67 Boston Patriots
John DB 1990-98 Chicago Bears
Kris TE 1997-present Carolina Panthers *
Archie QB 1971-82 New Orleans Saints, 1982-83 Houston Oilers, 1983-84 Minnesota Vikings
Peyton QB 1998-present Indianapolis Colts *
Eli QB 2004-present New York Giants *
Marv LB 1965 Oakland Raiders
Todd QB 1991-92 Los Angeles Raiders
Jerry WR 1967 Pittsburgh Steelers
Brock S 1993-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1998-03 Miami Dolphins, 2004 Detroit Lions
Clay, Sr. DE-DT 1950, 1953-55 San Francisco 49ers, 1951-52 military service
Clay, Jr. LB 1978-93 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
Bruce G-T-C 1983-01 Houston/Tennessee Oilers-Titans
Kent CB 1965-70 Oakland Raiders
Dave DB 1991 Indianapolis Colts, 1992 Green Bay Packers, 1993 Seattle Seahawks
Lawrence RB 1972-79 Los Angeles Rams, 1980 Denver Broncos, 1980 Seattle Seahawks, 1981 Buffalo Bills
Daylon CB 1999-present Cleveland Browns *



Terry RB-WR-KR 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1981 Washington Redskins
Eric RB-WR-KR 1989-94 Cleveland Browns, 1995-96 Atlanta Falcons, 1997 San Diego Chargers, 1998 Arizona Cardinals, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002 Green Bay Packers
Elijah RB 1961-69, 1971 Green Bay Packers, 1970 Los Angeles Rams, 1970 New Orleans Saints
Ron DB 1986-87 Buffalo Bills, 1988-90 Green Bay Packers
George II T 1931 Providence Steam Roller (grandfather)
George III DT 1965 Boston Patriots (father)
Jim C 1994-97 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Detroit Lions, 1999-00 Cleveland Browns, 2001 Philadelphia Eagles, 2002 Indianapolis Colts (son)
Ray WR-RB 1952-63 Cleveland Browns
Mike WR 1978-83 Houston Oilers, 1984-87 Dallas Cowboys
George, Sr. RB 1935-37 Green Bay Packers
George, Jr. WR 1965-70 New York Jets
Don DB-RB 1951-52 Cleveland Browns, 1953-56 Baltimore Colts, 1957 Washington Redskins (Head Coach: 1963-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-95 Miami Dolphins)
David WR 1981 Baltimore Colts (Head Coach: 1992-96 Cincinnati Bengals)
Mike QB 1987 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Phil QB 1979-93 New York Giants
Chris QB 2003-present Tampa Bay Buccaneers *
Billy Ray, Sr. DT-DE 1957 Los Angeles Rams, 1958-60 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1961-70 Baltimore Colts
Billy Ray, Jr. LB 1983-92 San Diego Chargers
Ron RB 1979-84 Dallas Cowboys, 1985-86 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Shawn CB 1997-03 Seattle Seahawks, 2004-present Washington Redskins *
Steve G 1948-49 Pittsburgh Steelers
Matt RB 1980-89 Chicago Bears
Bob Higgins WR 1920-21 Canton Bulldogs (Maternal grandfather of Matt Suhey)


Aaron TE-WR 1961-62 San Francisco 49ers, 1962-70 New York Giants
Robb WR 1989-91 Kansas City Chiefs, 1992-95 Seattle Seahawks, 1996-98 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ed DT-LB 1967-69 Boston Patriots
Ed RB 1992-94 Indianapolis Colts, 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers
Manu DT 1979-83 Seattle, 1984-86 San Francisco
Marques QB 2001-present Oakland Raiders *
Teddy Washington RB 1968 Cincinnati Bengals
Rashaan Salaam RB 1995-97 Chicago Bears, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2003 San Francisco 49ers
Ted LB 1973-82 Houston Oilers
Ted NT-DE 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-00 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-present Oakland Raiders *
Wilford RB 1951-52 Chicago Bears
Danny QB-P 1976-88 Dallas Cowboys
Howie DB 1962-63 Green Bay Packers, 1963 San Francisco 49ers, 1964-69 Oakland Raiders
Gardner DB 1984 Detroit Lions
Kellen TE 1979-1987 San Diego Chargers
Kellen II TE 2004-present Cleveland Browns *

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