Chicago has a long history of great fathers and sons, fathers and daughters and families in sports. When creating a list of the best sports fathers with Chicago ties it's tough to disclude anyone. The ties that bind these men to Chicago have created great legacies and created some amazing moments for both them and their offspring.
1) Bobby and Brett Hull
The only tandem on the list that are both in the Hall of Fame. Bobby’s 913 goals combined between the NHL and WHA rank third all-time behind Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. The amazing thing is that Brett ranks fourth all-time with 741 goals with the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.
2) Buddy, Rex and Rob Ryan
Buddy Ryan was the architect of the '46' defense that led the Bears to their only Superbowl victory in SB XX. In his nine seasons running the Bears defense, they always finished in the top half of the league. They led the league in his last two seasons in 1984 and '85. The 1985 team had the defensive triple crown in leading the league in points allowed, yards and takeaways.
In his nine years in the NFL of running a defense, Rex's teams have finished in the top ten in every season but 2013. He left Baltimore to become the Jets' head coach in 2009. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in each of his first two seasons. They have not had a winning season since.
Rob has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL for the last ten years, but has yet to land a Head Coaching position. His defenses have not been nearly as successful as his brother. They have only placed in the top ten twice.
Rex and Rob graduated from Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire while their dad was coaching the Bears.
3) Clay Matthews Jr and III
Clay Matthews junior is considered the greatest player at storied New Trier 40 years after he graduated. He led the then Indians to a mythical state championship before the playoffs was instituted. He went on to an outstanding career at USC. He was a three time all-pro selection with the Cleveland Browns and finished his career in Atlanta.
Clay III also played collegiality at USC. He plays linebacker like his father and has become one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. He has 50 sacks in 69 career NFL games. They are the only father son tandem to be named as the NFL defensive player of the week.
4) Doc and Austin Rivers
Glenn "Doc" Rivers was a part of one of the best era's of high school basketball in Illinois. Rivers was a three time all tournament team member at the Proviso West Holiday tournament. He was joined on the 1977 team by Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre and Thomas again in 1978. After a stellar collegiate career at Marquette, Rivers played 13 seasons in the NBA.
Following his playing career he went into coaching. Rivers led the 2008 Boston Celtics to the NBA Championship.
Austin has played two seasons in the NBA averaging 7.0 PPG with the New Orleans Pelicans after one season at Duke.
5) Walter and Jarrett Payton
Walter Payton is the greatest Bear and most beloved athlete in the history of Chicago Sports. He led the Bears to four playoff appearances in his career and retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
They were very close. When Walter was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jarrett presented him.
Jarrett was a star player in his own right. After two seasons played soccer at St. Viator High School, Jarrett switched to football. He earned all-state in soccer. As a senior, Payton rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards.
He played collegiately at Miami. He didn't get much of a chance to play until his senior season. He led the Hurricanes with 985 rushing yards. He won the MVP of the 2004 Orange Bowl after rushing for 131 yards in the Hurricanes victory over Florida State.
6) Sunny and Jabari Parker
After prepping at Farragut, Sonny Parker went to Mineral Junior College in Missouri and then Texas A&M for two seasons. He led the Aggies to a 41-13 record in his two seasons in College Station.
He was a first round pick of Golden State in 1976 and would play three years with the Warriors. He averaged double figures in his second, third and fourth seasons. His play dropped off significantly the next two years and he was waived in September 1982. He would not play in the NBA again.
Jabari led Simeon to four consecutive state championships in High School. He played this past season at Duke and is expected to be one of the top three picks in this month's NBA draft.
7) Kenny Williams and Kyle Williams
Kenny Williams playing career didn't materialize as expected after being one of the top prospects in baseball. He played six years with four different teams. Following his playing career, he became a scout for the White Sox in 1992. He would serve the team in a variety of administrative positions before being named General Manager in 2000.
The White Sox were 81 games over .500 in his tenure. They won the 2005 World Series and another Central Division title in 2008.
Kyle Williams has had a solid career as a wide receiver and kick returner at Arizona State and the NFL. He is unfortunately most well known for a pair of gaffes on punt returns. Fumbles on key returns in college and the NFL cost his teams in big games. His lost fumble led to an Arizona victory in the territorial cup in college and in the NFL he lost a key fumble that helped the Giants win the 2012 NFC Championship game.
8) Bob and Michael Bradley
Bob Bradley became the first coach of the Fire for the 1998 season. He led them to the MLS and US Open Cups. The Fire are the only team to win an a title in an existing american sports league in their first season in existence.
He left the Fire to go to the NY/MetroStars and later coached Chivas USA before becoming the coach of the US Men's National Team following the 2006 World Cup. He succeeded his mentor Bruce Arena as the Head Coach.
Under Bradley, the United States won the 2007 Gold Cup at Soldier Field against Mexico, finished runner-up twice and they shocked Spain in the 2009 Confederation Cup Semifinal. They lost to Brazil in the final.
Michael Bradley will be competing in his second World Cup this summer. After playing for his father in 2010, he will man center midfield for Juergen Klinsman this year. Bradley has been a professional since 2004 when he was just 16. After sitting out his rookie season with injuries, he made his debut with his father's Metrostars in 2005.
He currently plays for Toronto F.C. in Major League Soccer.
9) Michael and Jeffery and Marcus Jordan
Michael is the consensus best player of all-time. It would take too long to list all of his accomplishments and records. He won a national championship at North Carolina, two Olympic gold medals and six NBA Championships.
Marcus and Jeffrey are less accomplished. Marcus led Whitney Young to the 2009 State Championship. He had earlier prepped at Loyola with Jeffrey. In three seasons at Central Florida, Marcus averaged 12.3 PPG.
Jeff had a less distinguished college career at Illinois and UCF.
10 ) Terry and T.J. Cummings
Terry was a star player at Carver before playing three seasons at DePaul. In three seasons under Ray Meyer, Cummings averaged 16.2 PPG and 10.1 RPG. The Blue Demons went 79-6 in his three seasons. Sadly, three of those loses occurred in the Blue Demons opening game of the NCAA Tournament in each season.
T.J. prepped at Homewood-Flossmoor before play collegiately at UCLA. T.J. improved each season and finished his college career averaging 9.0 PPG and 4.4 RPG. T.J. has spent his professional career in the NBDL and oversees.
Honorable Mentions: Gary Matthews, Sr. and Jr. and Randy and Todd Hundley.
Gary Matthews senior played three four seasons for the Cubs. Playing left field for the 1984 NL East Champion Cubs, Matthews led the National League with 103 walks and a .410 on base percentage. In his four seasons with the Cubs he hit .266 with 48 home runs and 176 RBI.
Gary junior was known more for his outstanding glove than his bat. He has two undistinguishable seasons in Chicago. Junior Sarge his just .207 with 13 homeruns and 44 rbis in two seasons with the Cubs. His best seasons came in Texas. In three seasons with the Rangers, Matthews hit .285 with 47 homeruns and 170 rbis.
Randy and Todd Hundley
Randy Hundley played ten of his 14 major league seasons with the Cubs. He hit 82 career home runs, finished fourth in the in the 1967 rookie of the year while capturing the '67 gold glove.
Todd prepped locally at Fremd in Palatine. He played 14 years in the majors with 202 home runs and 599 rbis. He went to two all-star games and hit 41 home runs and drove 112 for the 1996 Mets.
Like Gary Matthews junior, his Cub tenure was not as expected. He .199 with 28 home runs and 66 rbis in his two seasons with the Cubs.
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