College Football's 5 Most Memorable Families

These family names are part of college football lore

Thaddeus Moss' sideline snag against Alabama may have been the deciding factor in LSU's 46-41 win over Alabama two Saturdays ago. The catch also conjured memories of his father, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss.

 

Many great players have had siblings, nephews, or children also go on to play in college. Here are college football's five most memorable families.

 

5. The Colquitts

Craig, P – Tennessee (1974-77)

Jimmy, P – Tennessee (1981-84)

Dustin, P – Tennessee (2001-04)

Britton, P – Tennessee (2005-08)

The name Colquitt is synonymous with punting in Knoxville. First, Craig booted kicks for the Vols before going on to win two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then, Jimmy punted for the team in the early 1980s, and his two sons, Dustin and Britton, handled starting duties for nearly eight straight seasons. Both are still playing in the NFL today.

 

4. The Ingrams

Mark, Sr., WR – Michigan State (1983-86)

Mark, Jr., RB – Alabama (2008-10)

Recruited out of Flint, Michigan, Sr. was a standout wide receiver at Michigan State and played 10 seasons in the NFL. His son shocked Spartan fans when he opted for Tuscaloosa instead of East Lansing. The move paid off though, as he won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship. Ironically, both father and son were taken with the 28th pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

 

3. The Blades

Brian, WR – Miami (1984-87)

Bennie, DB – Miami (1984-87)

Al, DB – Miami (1997-2000)

H.B., LB – Pittsburgh (2003-06)

Al, Jr., DB – Miami (2018-present)

Bennie was the first great defensive back in a program that has fielded many and in 1987, the Hurricanes' secondary dubbed, "Bennie and the Jets" wreaked havoc on offenses en route to a national title. Meanwhile, Brian (his older brother by 13 months) started on offense and both went on to have long NFL careers. Their younger brother, Al, played for Miami and spent two years with the San Francisco 49ers before being killed in a car wreck in 2003. His son, Al Jr., is currently starting in Miai’s secondary, and Bennie's son, H.B., earned All-American honors at Pitt and played four seasons with the Washington Redskins.

 

2. The Selmons

Lucious, NG – Oklahoma (1970-73)

Dewey, DT – Oklahoma (1972-75)

Lee Roy, DT – Oklahoma (1972-75)

Chuck Fairbanks and Barry Switzer recruited Lucious out of Eufaula High School in Oklahoma. Two years later his brothers Dewey and Lee Roy (the youngest by 11 months) joined him in Norman. In 1973, all three Selmon brothers started on Oklahoma's defensive line as the team went 10-0-1. Lucious graduated and Oklahoma went on to win back-to-back national championships with Lee Roy winning the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1975.

 

1. The Mannings

Archie, QB – Ole Miss (1967-70)

Peyton, QB – Tennessee (1994-97)

Eli, QB – Ole Miss (2000-03)

Starting with Archie, the Manning family has produced three All-American quarterbacks and two Super Bowl MVPs. In addition, Archie's oldest son Cooper was a stud receiver in high school and had signed with Ole Miss before a diagnosis of spinal stenosis ended his playing career.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

 

(Top photo by Garrett Campbell, courtesy of lsusports.net)

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