NFL wager – Fathers Who Bested Their Sons


One of the great traditions of pro football is family. It is families that watch and attend games together. Families also trade tips for the NFL Football Lines. But beyond that, the NFL has an impressive tradition of father and son player combinations. Today we will examine fathers who bested their sons when comparing NFL careers.


Clay Matthews Jr Tops Two Sons

Clay Matthews III is the most famous of the Matthews clan and was a perennial Pro Bowler with the Green Bay Packers. And there is a case that can be made that Clay was a better player than his father, Clay Matthews Jr. But think again. The Old Man was tops with the NFL Vegas lines.

Clay Matthews Jr had a marathon NFL picks and parlays career that spanned from 1978-1993 with the Cleveland Browns and then 1994-96 with the Atlanta Falcons. Matthews played in 278 games over those 19 seasons and amassed 1561 tackles, the third most on NFL history. Additionally, he totaled 69.5 sacks and 16 interceptions. Matthews was a four-time Pro Bowler and is in the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame. Oh, and we’d be remiss not to mention that Clay Matthews Sr. played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1950, and then again in 1953-1955.

Clay Matthews III is a six-time Pro Bowler that played with the Green Bay Packers from 2009-18 and the Los Angeles Rams in 2019. Clay was a star for the USC Trojans in College like his father. Clay totaled 91.5 sacks and six interceptions in his career.

Clay Matthews Jr fathered a second NFL son, Casey, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. Although he was not a regular, he is among the few that can say he played in the League.


Howie Long Bests His Two Boys Too

Younger fans best know Howie Long as a lead TV studio commentator. But he landed his studio gig by being an NFL Hall of Fame player for the Raiders from 1981 through 1993. Long made eight Pro Bowls and was 1985 Defensive Player of the Year. Howie boasts two sons that played in the NFL.

Chris Long was the second player taken in the 2008 NFL Draft and played in the League from 2008 through 2018. Long won two NFL football betting picks Super Bowls, compared to one for his father. Although not a Hall of Famer or Pro Bowler, Chris was the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year awardee. He is known for his philanthropy and community involvement in education.

Kyle Young was a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and is a three-time Pro Bowler. He played for the Chicago Bears from 2013 through 2019 and is now with the Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps he can yet best his father someday.


Ronnie Lott Tops Son Ryan Nece

In the minds of members of the football community, Ronnie Lott was the greatest safety ever to play the game. Lott played in the NFL from 1981 through 1995 and was a star for the San Francisco 49ers, where he played most of his career and won four Super Bowls. Lott was a 10-time Pro Bowler and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also, he was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Lott totaled 1146 tackles, 63 interceptions, and five touchdowns.

Ronnie Lott’s son, Ryan Nece, played in the NFL as a linebacker from 2002 through 2008, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Free NFL picks Super Bowl. Although not a star, he was a reliable teammate.


Sweetness And Jarrett Payton

To watch Walter Payton was to love Walter Payton. It was not just that “Sweetness” was one of the game's greatest and most exciting running backs. It was also because he was a great man. In fact, the NFL bestows the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for excellence on and off the field in honor of Sweetness. Walter was a nine-time Pro Bowler and NFL Hall of Famer who rushed for 16726 yards and 110 TDs.

Walter’s son Jarrett played one year in the NFL (2005) for the Tennessee Titans before matriculating to the Canadian Football League. He scored two Bet on NFL games TDs as a Titan.

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