Like father like son, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, etc., etc., etc. We’ve heard them all, all the cliches about children becoming like their parents. It is not unheard of for children to follow in their parents footsteps, especially when it comes to a way of life. Kids who grow up around sports, watching their father or mother train and compete day in and day out will likely grow to love the sport themselves, and if not that specific sport than another branch in athletics.
Some children may never grow to be as good as their parents. I mean, c’mon, how good will Michael Jordan and LeBron James’ children have to be in order to escape their fathers’ shadows and make a name for themselves. How hard would they have to train to be as talented as MJ and LeBron? Could Serena Williams’ child grow up to be like his or her mother on the tennis court? Will Michael Phelps’ son be able to break his Olympic medal record? Any of these will be a tough task.
But they’re not the focus here. Our focus are the athletes who grew up to become better than their parents. Who have sports in their DNA and grew up with their mother or father’s talents and guidance throughout the years. The guys and girls on this list did things their parents never could. Kyrie Irving’s father Drederick played basketball overseas, specifically in Australia where Kyrie was born but Kyrie has an NBA ring. Stephen Curry’s father Dell played in the NBA for 16 seasons, but Steph’s eight years and two championships put Dell’s career to shame.
Honestly, you may not even know some of these athletes had a mother or father with a list of accomplishments of their own. So here they are, 25 athletes who out-shined their parents:
[post_page_title]Kyrie & Drederick Irving[/post_page_title]
Kyrie Irving was close to a second ring in 2017, during just his sixth season. He was taken as the no. 1 overall pick in 2011, after appearing in only 11 games for Duke in the NCAA. He was Rookie of the Year, he is a Champ and four-time All Star. His father, Drederick Irving, played basketball for Boston College, but had to take his talents abroad to find a team. He played in Australia, where Kyrie was born. Needless to say, Kyrie had surpassed his father the first time he stepped onto an NBA court.