11 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Related
There is nothing quite like family. They’ve known you since you were born and love you despite your incessant attempts to drive them crazy. Members within a family may each be different, with varying personality quirks and predispositions, but if you are family, you also share specific characteristics and traits that make you an identifiable part of the clan. For some it's the way the skin around their eyes crinkle when they laugh, or that ever-annoying large hooked nose that ties you back to that first ancestor who started it all. But for athletes that make it to the world's stage, oftentimes it just so happens that super athleticism runs in the family tree's DNA. Today we’re taking a look at some of these athletes who definitely have greatness in their genes.
5. Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair
Born and raised on the streets of Brooklyn, NY, Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair grew up dominating together on the court despite their eight year age difference. Both played at Abraham Lincoln High School and were widely known for their ball handling and street style moves. Older cousin Stephon Marbury was initially drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and Sebastian Telfair was drafted to play for the Portland Trailblazers. Both cousins were then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves during their careers, and both ended their careers in China. Here is a clip of Sebastian Telfair flexing during a game, one of the only games played between the two in their professional careers. The two played on rival teams and Marbury won the victory over Telfair in a close game ending 115-106
4. Nick and Holley Mangold
The Mangolds definitely have one thing in common - their size. Nick, who is currently a free agent, finished his 10th-year last season with the New York Jets as an elite nose tackle. Nick stands at a good 6’4 and weighs 307 pounds - you definitely don’t want to get hit by this guy. His sister Holley, is a solid 5’8” and weighs an even more impressive 415 pounds. Holley made a name for herself when she was the first female non-kicker to play in an Ohio Division 3 high school football game. In 2011 she was on MTV in an episode titled “I’m the big girl." Holley has appeared on "The Biggest Loser" twice, and made her debut as a professional athlete in the 2012 Olympics where she competed in the super-heavyweight weightlifting competition.
3. Mark and Dan McGwire
Brothers Dan and Mark McGwire grew up in Pomona, California. The two are 4 years apart and both choose to use their elite athleticism in different ways. Mark pursued baseball and played for the Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals. As a rookie, he hit 49 home runs and led the major league in home runs that year, setting the record for a single-season rookie. Mark appeared in 11 All-Star games and averaged a home run every 10 at-bats. Dan said being the younger brother of a huge star was hard. In 1989 Dan told the LA times, “I just want to be the best Dan McGwire can be.” Dan chose football and was drafted in the first round to join the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. After 5 years of disappointing performances in only 13 games, Dan decided to retire. Don't fret too much Dan - being a former NFL football player is nothing to be ashamed of.
2. Damon Stoudamire, Salim Stoudamire, and Terrence Jones
Damon Stoudamire, Salim Stoudamire and Terrence Jones are all cousins. Born in 1973, 1982, and 1992 respectively, these high-jumping cousins, despite their age differences, can all recall playing basketball together. Damon and Salim both ended up playing basketball for the University of Arizona. All three were drafted into the NBA, and in 2008 both Damon and Salim retired. Terrence was drafted to the Rockets in 2012 and is now currently playing with the Milwaukee Bucks.
1. Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter
Vince Carter is an 8x NBA All-Star, Tracy McGrady is a 7x NBA All-Star, and they are cousins - sort of. Both played on the Toronto Raptors, both left the Raptors leaving Toronto fans heartbroken, and at one time, there was a bit of a "family feud" between the two which eventually got resolved. The two also connected when they played on the US Olympic team together and with their impressive resumes, are considered the “ultimate” cousin duo. While it's true that they are not first cousins but rather, "distant cousins," they are definitely related and known for it. Below is a fun video of Vince Carter interviewing his cousin, Tracy.