All in the family: Linebackers

Several linebacker prospects had strong athletic lineage, but Anthony Barr might lead them all with a father and two uncles playing college football, with one of them making it to the NFL. The linebackers are filled with rich family history in athletics, including a third-generation college football player.

Anthony Barr: UCLA Bruins

Anthony's father, Tony Brooks, played fullback at Notre Dame before being selected in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent just one season on an NFL roster.

Tony's younger brother and Barr's uncle, Reggie Brooks, also played football at Notre Dame, where he rushed for 1,343 yards and 13 touchdowns on 167 carries as a senior in 1992. He was selected by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft, gaining 1,063 rushing yards with a 4.8-yard average as a rookie, but was only with the team for three seasons, spending the 1996 schedule with Tampa Bay.

Barr's uncle, Cedric Figaro, was a linebacker at Notre Dame, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1988 draft by San Diego, playing with the Chargers until 1990. He spent the 1991 season with Indianapolis, was a member of the Cleveland Browns organization from 1991-92) and concluded his career with the St. Louis Rams (1995-96).

Greg Blair: Cincinnati Bearcats

Greg's mother, Shari, averaged 20 points and 20 rebounds at Serra Catholic in the 1980s. His father, Greg, played basketball at Schenley High School. His uncle, Shari's brother, Cameron Saddler, was a wide receiver and return specialist for the University of Pittsburgh's football team (2009-12), where he appeared in 45 games, catching 45 passes for 510 yards and four touchdowns. Saddler also gained 1,211 yards on 53 kickoff returns (22.85 avg) and 433 yards on 49 punt returns (8.84 avg).

Blair's older brother, DeJuan, is a Pittsburgh city legend, having starred alongside Greg at Schenley High School before the power forward/center earned All-American honors for the Pittsburgh Panthers (2007-09). Before he was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, DeJuan became the first Pittsburgh player to earn Associated Press All-American first-team honors since 1958 (Don Hennon). In 72 games at Pitt, he scored 979 points (13.6 ppg), as he shot .568 from the field (394-of-694 FGs) and .614 from the foul line (191-of-311). He led the nation in offensive rebounds in each of his two seasons (144 in 2007-08 and 195 in 2008-09) and grabbed 769 total rebounds (10.7 rpg), as he blocked 75 shots (1.0 bpg), had 116 steals (1.6 spg) and 77 assists (1.1 apg) for his career.

Chris Borland: Wisconsin Badgers

Chris comes from an athletically gifted family that includes three brothers who competed in collegiate sports. His oldest brother, Mark, lettered twice in basketball at Wittenberg University (2000-02), where he led the team in assists (91 in 2000-01; 120 in 2001-02) and steals (43 in 2001-02), averaging 7.7 points while posting 79 rebounds to lead the Tigers to a 26-4 record and the North Coast Athletic Conference title during his final season. He averaged 22.1 minutes per game that year, making 79-of-207 field goals, including 19-of-42 from three-point range, connecting on 74.3 percent of his free throws (55-of-74), as 62 of his rebounds came off the defensive boards. The previous season (2000-01), he started seven of the 28 games he appeared in, hitting on 58-of-172 field goals, 10-of-40 from long range, along with delivering on 87-of-116 free throws to go with 61 rebounds and 28 steals.

Mark was joined at Wittenberg by his brother, Matt, who excelled for the Tigers' soccer team, twice garnering All-American and North Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. The three-time All-Great Lakes Region and four-time All-NCAC choice, he led the team in assists during all four seasons with the varsity (2005-08). He also paced the squad in points (22 as a junior and 14 as a senior) and goals (eight in 2005). The two-time team captain and All-Ohio choice was also a three-time MVP that set school season (13 in 2008) and career (30) records for assists and his 84 total points placed second on the Tigers' all-time record chart. His 27 goals rank sixth in school all-time annals.

Matt was not the first Borland sibling to play college soccer, though. From 2003-06, John was a member of the U.S. Military Academy (Army) soccer team. As a senior, he earned All-Patriot League honors, as the midfielder ranked seventh in the league for goals (six) and tenth in points (fourteen) during the 2006 schedule.

Max Bullough: Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State fans have enjoyed watching Bullough offspring perform in their stadium for the last three generations. While their three-year starter leaves the university ranked 11th in school annals with 30.5 tackles-for-loss and 18th with 299 tackles, the family ties to the Spartans football program will continue, as Max's brother, Riley, was a red-shirt freshman running back last season.

Max's grandfather, Hank, was the first member of the Bullough family to play for Michigan State, competing as an offensive guard from 1952-54. Hank was a member of the 2013 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class. Max's father, Shane, followed, performing as a linebacker for the Spartans from 1983-86, serving as squad captain during his senior season.

Max's other grandfather, Jim Morse, was a halfback (1954-56) who played for head coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame. His uncle, Chuck Bullough, was a Michigan State linebacker (1988-91). His maternal uncles, Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) also played college football.

Christian Jones: Florida State Seminoles

The Jones family has a long history with the Seminoles football program. Christian's father, Willie Jones, Sr. was part of the team that Bobby Bowden inherited when he became head coach at Florida State in 1976. The four-time letter-winner was an All-American honorable mention as a junior and second-team choice as a senior defensive end in 1978.

Christian's brother, Willie Jr., was also a defensive end at Florida State, lettering three times as a pass-rush specialist (2002, 04-05). It only seemed like a "right of passage" that Jones would follow his father and brother to the Tallahassee campus in 2010. He would leave the program accomplishing a feat that eluded his older family members – as a key contributor on a national championship team.

Trevor Reilly: Utah Utes

Trevor's brother, A.J., played basketball at Brigham Young-Hawaii and attended Utah in 2007.

Ryan Shazier: Ohio State Buckeyes

Ryan's father, Shawn, is the Miami Dolphins' chaplain.

Shayne Skov: Stanford Cardinal

Shayne's great grandfather, Rogers P. Smith, was varsity captain of Stanford's 1931 track team. His younger brother, Patrick was a linebacker recruit but shifted to fullback during his three seasons on Stanford's football team (2011-present).

Telvin Smith: Florida State Seminoles

Telvin played high school and college football with his cousin, recent St. Louis Rams signee, Greg Reid, a former defensive back at Florida State (2009-11). Reid delivered 120 tackles (97 solos) with seven interceptions for 103 yards in returns, including one touch-down, as he also deflected 32 passes and caused three fumbles. Greg led the nation with 37 punt returns in 2011 and his career average of 12.6 yards on 89 punt returns that included three scores, ranking second in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Reid added 1,553 yards on 63 kickoff returns (24.7 avg).

Jordan Tripp: Montana Grizzlies

Jordan's father, Bryan Tripp, was a starting linebacker for the Montana Grizzlies in 1989 and 1990, while his grandfather, Gene (Junior), played and lettered at Montana in 1963-64.

Jordan Zumwalt: UCLA Bruins

Jordan's father, Rick, played football at Arizona State (1986-87). His mother, Nanette, was a three-sport athlete in high school.


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. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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