If you have a brother or a sister, or are the parent to more than one child, you have witnessed first hand the competitive nature sibling rivalries bring. Whether it’s playing video games against one another or figuring out which one of you is best liked by the family dog, healthy competition helps us learn valuable life lessons and perform at higher levels.
Talented families are not a new occurrence in professional sports; Joe DiMaggio is perhaps the most well known DiMaggio, though his two brothers Dom and Vince were MLB all stars on multiple occasions. Every professional sports league has at least one instance where siblings have completed alongside one another or against each other.
Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature the first sibling head coaches in the history of the Super Bowl, making it a win-win scenario for the Harbaugh parents.
Please see this list of some active pro athletes/coaches whose parents have an easy time saying that they love their children equally:
Jim and John Harbaugh, NFL
Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans will feature the first head coaching matchup between brothers. Separated by only 15 months, The Harbaughs have faced off only once as NFL coaches as older brother John and the Ravens beat Jim’s 49ers 16-6 back in 2011.
Their Father, Jack, played quarterback for Bowling Green University and coached college football from 1964-2009.
Justin and B.J. Upton, MLB
B.J. was drafted second overall in 2002 and Justin first overall three years later, making them the highest drafted siblings of all time. Justin was traded to Atlanta on Jan. 24, reuniting him with his other brother B.J. who signed with the Braves in November.
Pau and Marc Gasol, NBA
Elder brother, Pau, was traded to the Lakers in 2008 from the Grizzlies in exchange for his younger brother, Marc. Sure, the trade package was a bit more complex as three other players and three draft picks were exchanged as well, but it was the first trade in NBA history when two brothers were traded for one another.
The Gasols were awarded silver medals in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London following a defeat against the United States.
Peyton and Eli Manning, NFL
The Manning brothers became the first siblings to win back-to-back Super Bowl MVP awards. While Peyton is statistically superior than his little bro, Eli has double the hardware and is perfect in both of his Super Bowl appearances.
Archie Manning, father to Peyton and Eli, played 13 years in the NFL. It is not well known that Peyton and Eli have an older brother, Cooper, who was a highly rated wide receiver recruited to the University of Mississippi, though his football dreams were shattered due to an unfortunate diagnosis of spinal stenosis at the age of 18.
Venus and Serena Williams, Tennis
Perhaps two of the greatest female athletes of their generation, the Williams sisters have a combined 23 Grand Slam singles titles. They have played against one another 23 times, including eight Grand Slam finals appearances; younger sister, Serena, has the advantage of 13-10 against Venus including 6-2 in Grand Slam finals.
Eric, Marc, Jordan and Jared Staal, NHL
Born to sod farmers in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the Staal brothers are the most prolific family in the NHL. Oldest brother Eric was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003, Marc to the New York Rangers in 2005, Jordan to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006 and youngest brother Jared to the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008. Jordan was traded from Pittsburgh to Carolina on June 22, 2012, reuniting with his oldest brother in a Hurricanes jersey.
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Boxing
As if their combined record of 104-5 (92 KOs) in the heavyweight division wasn’t impressive enough, Wladimir and Vitali both hold PhDs in sports science and speak four languages.
The Klitschko brothers will never face each other in the ring as they made a promise to their mother to never do so. “I wouldn’t do it for $1 billion,” Wladimir said back in 1996. “You can’t put a price on your mother’s heart.”
Kurt and Kyle Busch, NASCAR
Kurt and Kyle were born to race, they are both second generation NASCAR drivers as their father, Tom, raced and won several NASCAR events. Although they race for separate teams, Kurt and Kyle surely share a strong bond on and off the racetrack.
Tiki and Ronde Barber, NFL
These identical twins hold individual records for the only franchises they’ve played for. Ronde became the Buccaneers all-time interceptions leader this past year. Tiki retired in 2006 as the Giants all-time leader in rushing yards and receptions. Ronde is still playing in Tampa while Tiki is considering an NFL comeback after a brief stint in broadcasting.
Brook and Robin Lopez, NBA
The other twins featured in this list, 7 footers, Brook and Robin Lopez, played side by side at Stanford before they were drafted 10th and 15th in the 2008 NBA draft. Brook is playing his fifth season for the Nets while Robin was traded from Phoenix to New Orleans in the 2012 off season.
The Lopez twins come from a talented athletic family; their grandfather played basketball at the University of Colorado and their mother tried out for the 1968 Olympics as a swimmer.