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10 Favorite Sports Dads

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Dads are all special, it would be impossible to rank them.

We love sports dads because no matter what happens, they will always keep their athletic sons and daughters in check. They never let their heads get too big or caught up in all the fame and fortune. It's an extremely tough job but they handle it with no problem. Here's some of our favorite dads in sports. 

Dell and Steph Curry - Steph Curry is a guard for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and the reigning two-time league MVP. One of the best father-daughter moments in sports history came in a post game interview in the 2015 Western Conference Finals when Steph’s daughter, Riley Curry, sat in his lap throughout the interview and stole the show. Since then, Riley Curry has blown up around the Internet and you can find a multitude of her videos on YouTube. We think it’s safe to say that though Riley has stole the hearts of people throughout the country, but Steph and Riley have an amazing connection that we love to. Dell on the other hand retired as the Charlotte Hornets' all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929). You could say Steph is well on his way to doing the same for the Warriors. 

Buddy Ryan (Bob and Rex Ryan's dad) - Buddy Ryan was a former defensive coordinator and head coach in the National Football League and the dad of current NFL coordinator Rob Ryan and head coach Rex Ryan.  Buddy built his reputation as a defensive specialist and is credited with creating and implementing the 46 defense, which the Chicago Bears used in the 1980s to dominate opposing offenses.

Son Rex Ryan became a defensive specialist in the NFL as well serving as an assistant for 22 years before becoming a head coach in 2009. Each of Rex’s teams have been known for the stingy defenses. Rob’s coaching career has been a little shakier as he’s served as a defensive coordinator on a multitude of teams. His best season came in 2001 as the linebackers coach of the New England Patriots in which they had the best scoring defense in franchise history with only allowing 17 points per game.

Seems like Buddy’s defensive prowess has rubbed off on his sons. 

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Vince Wolfork (D'Aundre Wilfork's dad) - Vince Wilfork is the nose tackle for the Houston Texans in the National Football League.  He’s considered one of the premier defensive linemen in the league as he’s a 5 time pro bowler and 4 time all pro team selection.  He and his wife, Bianca Wilfork, have two sons and one daughter. Their first son, D’Aundre Wilfork, is Vince’s stepson but Vince has taken care of him like one of his own. If you haven’t watched the video of NFL players’ children talking about their dad’s click here. Wilfork has had an amazing football career but listening to his kids talk about him as a dad seemed like a bigger moment for him. 

Archie Manning (Peyton and Eli Manning's dad) - Archie Manning was a quarterback in the National Football League for 16 years namely for the New Orleans Saints. In 1972, Archie led the league in pass attempts and completions in addition to leading the National Football Conference in passing yards. He was named NFC player of the year in 1978 and was selected for two pro bowls.

Almost more notably, Archie is the father of two premier NFL quarterbacks, Peyton and Eli Manning. Peyton  was the quarterback of the Denver Broncos after spending 13 years with the Indianapolis colts. He was selected to the pro bowl 14 times, the all pro team 10 times, the NFL MVP 5 times and led the league in numerous passing categories throughout his career. Peyton wrote a book with Archie called Manning: A Father, His Sons, and a Football Legacy. Peyton has often said that family is one of the most important things. Eli Manning has also had a very successful NFL Career as the quarterback for the New York Giants. Eli is a four time pro bowler as well as the record holder for numerous passing categories for the New York Giants. In 2009, Peyton, Eli, and Archie co-authored a book called Family Huddle which was a simple picture book showing how the Manning brothers played football.

Throughout their lives, family has seemed of the utmost importance through their books and the founding of Manning Passing Academy and there is no doubt Archie helped instill these values in them. 

Howie Long (Chris and Kyle Long's dad) - Previously a star defensive end in the NFL, Howie Long has come a long way since then. He did a few movies here and there, some commercials as well but now he currently is a studio analyst for Fox Sports Networks' NFL coverage. Long has three sons and two of the three are currently playing on Sundays. Chris plays defensive end for the New England Patriots and Kyle straps up on the offensive line for the Chicago Bears.  

Clay Matthews Jr. (Casey and Clay Matthews' III dad) - The Matthews family is nothing short of talented. They have an incredible history of NFL caliber players at all kind of positions. Clay Matthews Jr. had a storied NFL career playing linebacker for the Browns and Falcons. He produced two All-Pac 10 linebackers at USC and Oregon, and both made it to the NFL with Clay Matthews III being drafted by the Green Bay Packers and Casey being selecting by the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Cecil Fielder (Prince Fielder's dad) - The combination of the two, could easily be the best father and son power hitters of all-time. Cecil in 1990 became the first player to reach the 50-home run mark since George Foster hit 52 for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. Similarly, Prince hit 50 home runs himself back in 2007. 

Deion Sanders (Deion Sanders' Jr. dad) - Everyone loves Prime Time right? Arguably the best NFL corner of all-time, Deion has been the man since day one. After having a Hall of Fame career for the 49ers and Cowboys, he has taken more of a dad role with his son Deion Sanders Jr. Junior currently plays defensive back for the SMU Mustangs and this tweet sums up the mentor role quite nicely. 

Ken Griffey Jr. (Trey Griffey's dad) - The Kid had the most natural swing that the majors has ever seen. He was a great athlete and could even track down any ball in the gap. His son Trey didn’t follow his father’s footsteps on the diamond. Instead he plays on the gridiron for the Arizona Wildcats with hauling in passes at wide receiver. The best part about the situation is that his dad shoots his games on the field. Junior has found a new hobby and taking photos of his beloved son is a great way to put the icing on the cake for our top 10 list. Happy Father’s Day.