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Did you know there are 8 HOFers whose sons were drafted?

It’s Father’s day so lets put a pretty amazing statistic out there. Seven Hall of Famers soms have followed in their footsteps and were drafted.

DRAFTED SON (Team, Year)

LB Bobby Bell (1983)
LB Bobby Bell, Jr. (New York Jets, 1984)

RB Tony Dorsett (1994)
CB Anthony Dorsett (Houston, 1996)

QB Bob Griese (1990)
QB Brian Griese (Denver, 1998)

DE Howie Long (2000)
DE Chris Long (St. Louis, 2008)

RB-DB/Coach Don Shula (1997)
QB Mike Shula (Tampa Bay, 1987)

T Jackie Slater (2001)
WR Matthew Slater (New England, 2008)

TE Kellen Winslow (1995)
TE Kellen Winslow (Cleveland, 2004)

OL Bruce Matthews (2007)
Jake Matthews (Atlanta, 2014)

That is a pretty interesting statistic, but did you know there have been more than 160 players whose sons followed in their footsteps? This year Offensive Tackle Billy Turner of the Miami Dolphins is one who followed in his father’s footsteps.

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