Sons Of Hall Of Fame NFL Alumni Oppose Each Other At Super Bowl LI

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater, defensive end Chris Long and Falcons starting tackle Jake Matthews will represent their football families in Houston during Super Bowl LI. Young Slater, who is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, will be making his third Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots. Jackie played 20 years for the Rams but appeared in only one Super Bowl (SB XIV) during that career. Chris Long joined the Patriots last March and will be making his first Super Bowl appearance; his dad Howie played in SB XVIII  for the Raiders. Young Matthews, who will be in his first Super Bowl in only his third season with the Falcons, matches the number of Supers Bowls his Pro Football Hall of Fame dad Bruce played in during a 19-year career with the Oilers-Titans.

In non-Super Bowl news (is there such a thing at this time of year?), longtime coach Wade Phillips left his Broncos post this month to become the new defensive coordinator for the Rams. Wade, whose  Twitter handle is @sonofbum,is the second generation of the only three-generation coaching family in NFL history. His dad Bum Phillips was head coach of the Oilers and Saints while Wade’s son Wes is the tight ends coach for the Redskins. Finally, if that new young head coach for the University of California looks familiar, it’s because Justin Wilcox is the son of longtime 49ers linebacker & Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Wilcox.

It’s Father’s Day every day with accomplished sons like this!


Father/Son Combos to reach the Super Bowl (17)

Father: Julius Adams, DE, New England (XX)
Son:     Keith, LB, Philadelphia (XXXIX)

Father: Perry Brooks, DT, Washington (XVII, XVIII)
Son:     Ahmad, LB, San Francisco (XLVII)

Father: Ross Browner, DE, Cincinnati (XVI)
Son:     Max Starks, T, Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII)

Father: Jeremiah Castille, S, Denver (XXII)
Son:     Tim, FB, Arizona (XLIII)*

Father: Craig Colquitt, P, Pittsburgh (XIII, XIV)
Son:     Britton, P, Denver (XLVIII)

Father: Frank Cornish, DT, Miami (VI)
Son:     Frank, C, Dallas (XXVII, XXVIII)

Father: Bruce Davis, T, Oakland-L.A. Raiders (XV, XVIII)
Son:     Bruce, LB, Pittsburgh (XLIII)*

Father: Steve DeOssie, LB, N.Y. Giants (XXV)
Son:     Zak, LB, N.Y. Giants (XLII)

Father: Tony Dorsett, RB, Dallas (XII, XIII)
Son:     Anthony, CB, Tennessee (XXXIV); Oakland (XXXVII)

Father: Guy Frazier, LB, Cincinnati (XVI)
Son:     Andre, LB, Pittsburgh (XLIII)

Father: Bob Griese, QB, Miami (VI, VII, VIII)
Son:     Brian, QB, Denver (XXXIII)*; Chicago (XLI)*

Father: Don Hasselbeck, TE, L.A. Raiders (XVIII)
Son:     Matt, QB, Seattle (XL)

Father: Bruce Matthews, G, Tennessee Titans (XXXIV)
Son:      Jake Matthews, T, Atlanta Falcons (LI)

Father: Emery Moorehead, TE, Chicago (XX)
Son:     Aaron, WR, Indianapolis (XLI)

Father: Jackie Slater, T, Los Angeles Rams (XIV)
Son:     Matt, WR, New England (XLVI, XLIX)

Father: Mosi Tatupu, RB, New England (XX)
Son:     Lofa, LB, Seattle (XL)

Father: Manu Tuiasosopo, DT, San Francisco (XIX)
Son:     Marques, QB, Oakland (XXXVII)*

*Did not play

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