Pick VI: Top football families

DALLAS — Here is something surprising: NFL players don’t always sire the best NFL sons. There have been a lot of sons of former players who have received the hype, but failed to deliver the goods. This topic is part of the Super Bowl conversation because Green Bay’s Clay Matthews, son of former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews and nephew of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, will play a big role in Sunday’s game. So who takes the crown when it comes to NFL blue bloods?

Ah, who are we kidding, this one seems about as competitive as the war between Coke and RC Cola.

6. The Simms family
Chris Simms never really matched the hype as a highly decorated recruit coming out of high school. But I give the Simms clan an edge over the Hasselbeck family because this basically came down to a battle of Phil Simms over Matt Hasselbeck. And really, it was not that close.

5. The Metcalf family
A lot of times when looking at family lineage, you see a father who was a standout and the son flamed out. Or the dad played in the NFL briefly and the kid excelled. But both Terry and Eric Metcalf were dangerous return men in their day. Eric Metcalf still holds the NFL record for most career punt returns for a touchdown (10).

4. The Lott family
Ronnie Lott is considered by many as the greatest safety in NFL history. He cut off part of his own finger to play in a playoff game. But this family cannot be any higher because his son Ryan Nece never really established himself as an NFL performer.

3. The Winslow family
The younger Kellen Winslow looked like he was going to follow in the footsteps of his Hall of Fame father. But some unfortunate injuries, as well as some unfortunate decisions, have thwarted Kellen Winslow II’s career, though he has a chance to do some good things with QB Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay.

2. The Matthews family
Hard to believe that a guy whose father played in the NFL and uncle was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman had to walk on at USC. But that motivation has made Clay Matthews one of the top up-and-coming linebackers in the game. And don’t forget about Casey Matthews, Clay’s brother, who will get drafted in April. A long NFL career for the younger Matthews could have them challenging for the title.

1. The Manning family
The Mannings are considered NFL royalty, though many seem to romanticize Archie Manning‘s NFL career. Still, you cannot argue with having two sons win Super Bowl titles. You almost have to wonder what would happen if poor Cooper Manning – who many consider the Khloe Kardashian of the Manning family — had not been injured playing college football.

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