Athletes are idols. No matter how good, or bad, they perform in one game, you always find yourself rooting for your favorite player in the next. The athlete’s family is also right there with you, cheering on your player to victory. Check out this list of children who spent their lives on the sidelines and are now all grown up!
Earvin III Johnson
Earvin III Johnson is the son of famed basketball player Magic Johnson. Earvin, better known as EJ, really came into the public eye after he began appearing on the reality TV series Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills. Due to his popularity on the show, he received his own spin-off, EJNYC. His over the top personality is sure to make the show a big success.
Isiah Thomas is a retired basketball player who was a 12-time NBA All-Star and current Hall of Famer. His son, Zeke, did not follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead of sports, he chose music. He is a rather successful DJ, and was once the official DJ of the NBA All-Star game. He also DJs gigs in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and his hometown Detroit.
Former NFL running back, Walter Payton, is the father of Jarret Payton. Walter is considered one of the best and was at one point the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Jarret unfortunately has not has as much success so far in his football career. He began his pro-career as an undrafted free agent, and spent a brief time with the Tennessee Titans in 2005. After not finding success in the NFL, he went on to play in NFL Europe, the CFL and Arena League.
Kiyan Anthony is the son of NBA player Carmelo Anthony and TV personality La La Anthony. Carmelo is a small forward for the New York Knicks and a 9 time NBA All-Star. Kiyan is trying to fill his fathers big shoes in the sport. Kiyan is currently playing ball in the famed Gauchos program in New York. You can also spot Kiyan with his father in a commercial for the Jordan brand sneaker, the Melo M12.
Maximilian Ibrahimovic is the son of Manchester United Striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his longtime partner, Helena Seger. The 10-year-old has already begun to take after his father and plays for the PSG youth academy. Maximilian also has a younger brother named Vincent. Zlatan was recently traded to Manchester United and had previously played for teams such as Juventus, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. Zlatan also played on the Swedish national team.
“The Comeback Kid” Joe Montana has 2 sons, Nick and Nate. Nate Montana is a quarterback like his father. In 2008, he walked on to the Notre Dame University football team. However, he finished his college career at West Virginia Wesleyan. He went undrafted in 2013, and therefore, he is currently a free agent in the NFL. Joe Montana is a 4 time Super Bowl Champ and was elected into the Football Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible (2000).
Rachel Bradshaw is daughter of former NFL quarterback and current NFL commentator Terry Bradshaw. Terry won 4 Super Bowl titles and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Rachel Bradshaw was briefly married to NFL kicker Rob Bironas, before his tragic death from a car accident, in 2014. Rachel is a country singer and is in the Nashville-based band Stella//James.
Hakeem Olajuwon is a retired NBA player that led the Huston Rockets to a back to back championship. His daughter, Abi, hopes to follow in his basketball glory. She is predestined to play basketball as she inherited her father’s height. She is 6 feet 4 inches tall. She played center in the WNBA, but ended her playing career on a club team in Spain. She is currently an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Freeda George Foreman
George Foreman may be best known to the new generations as a grille maker. However, to many, he is also a legendary boxer and former Heavyweight Champion of the World. Freeda like her father was also a boxer. She boxed in 2001 and 2002 in the middleweight class. She skipped the amateur league and jumped right into the pros. Foreman was not originally very happy that Freeda began boxing. He said she had not been training very long and her sisters could probably even outbox her.
Peyton & Eli Manning
If there is one family you could call NFL royalty, that would be the Manning family. Eli and Peyton’s father is Archie Manning, who played quarterback in the NFL for 16 seasons. Both Peyton and Eli also play quarterback, and they have both won 2 Super Bowls. Peyton announced his retirement from the NFL in 2016. Eli is currently still a quarterback for the New York Giants. The son you don’t hear about and is also pictured, is Cooper. He currently hosts “The Manning Hour” for Fox Sports.
Gerald Wilkins is a former NBA player. Between 1985-1999 he played for 4 professional teams: New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic. His daughter Jasmyn chose to stay away from basketball but, she still found her way into the spotlight. Jasmyn is a former Miss Georgia and even placed 4th Runner-up at the 2012 Miss America Pageant. However, her brother, Damien Wilkins, does play basketball and currently plays for the NBA development league.
Born in 1997, Joseph Baena is the secret love child of Arnold Schwarznegger, and his housekeeper Mildred Baena. Joseph was born only a few days after Schwarzenegger’s son Christopher, with wife Maria Shriver, was born. Joseph was hidden until 2011, when the media discovered the information. Since then, Arnold has publicly shown affection towards his son, including a recent Instagram post stating how proud he is and how much he loves Joseph.
Björn Rune Borg is a former world champion tennis player. He has set numerous records and is considered to be one of the best players ever in the sport. His son, Robin, also has a talent for tennis. Robin grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, however, has since moved to the U.S. to play tennis. He plays, on the collegiate level, at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. He is currently a sophomore and is also studying advertising.
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
Famed soccer played Cristiano Ronaldo became a father on June 17, 2010. His son is named after him – Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. At first, Cristiano never revealed any information about his son’s mothers as it was rumored she was given a large sum of money in exchange for full custody to Cristiano. Cristiano Jr. also does not know who his mother is. Ronaldo told the “The Jonathan Ross Show” in the U.K, that when the time is right he will explain to his son the situation with his mother.
Bobby Clarke is a former NHL player and current Hockey Hall of Fame Member. Clarke played all 15 of his seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. He was a captain for the Flyers from 1973-1979, during that time the team won 2 Stanley Cups. Clarke is now an executive for the team. His daughter, Jakki, although is not a pro hockey player, has tried to keep the hockey legend alive in her family. She is a published author. In 2012, she released “Flyer Lives: Philadelphia Hockey Greats Share Their Personal Stories.”
Jerry Rice Jr.
Jerry Rice Jr. is obviously the son of Jerry Rice. Jerry Rice is a former NFL wide receiver. He played for 20 seasons and he still holds many records for which a wide receiver can attain. His son Jerry Rice Jr. is currently 25-years-old. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2014. However, he now plays in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes.
Reggie White was a defensive end in the NFL for 15 seasons. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers. He is a Super Bowl Champion and 13 time Pro-Bowler. Reggie has 2 children: Jecolia and and Jeremy. Jeremy is an author and published a book in 2006 titled “In His Shadow: Growing Up with Reggie White.” Unfortunately, Reggie White passed away in 2004.
Myla Rose & Charlene Riva Federer
Roger Federer is a current professional tennis player and is ranked #10 in the world. In 2009, he and his wife, Mirka, had their first set of twins – Myla Rose and Charlene Rivka. The girls are now 7-years-old. The couple’s second set of twins were born in May 2014. Federer has been quoted as saying he will not force his children into tennis, he will let them play any sport they enjoy.
Depending on who you are speaking to, Michael Strahan may by the media personality who once was a co-host with Kelly Ripa or he’s a former professional football player. Well, he’s both and he’s also a family man. He has 4 children: Tanita, Isabella, Sophia, and Michael Jr. Tanita, the eldest grew up in Germany with her mother, but returned to Texas (where Michael grew up) to attend high school and college.
While she may not one day be considered the greatest athlete of all time, Michael Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine certainly shares her father’s passion for sports. She graduated with a degree in sports management from Syracuse University and continues her family’s connection with Nike as a field marketing representative. Considering she grew up in the Jordan home and had a few brother we’re sure she picked up a few things and can still destroy us on the court.
Alexandra Stevenson is the daughter of NBA great, Julius Erving and Samantha Stevenson. Julius is better known as Dr. J, and he helped bring the game of basketball to whole new level. That is, he revolutionized jumping and playing above the rim. His daughter, Alexandra, also has made a name for herself in the sports world, except in tennis. She was formerly ranked in the top-20 for best singles player.
Simone Alexandra Johnson
Simone is the 15-year-old daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She recently made headlines after she looked stunning while accompanying her father on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet. Dwyane says Simone likes to use his past wrestling catch phrases on him such as “Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?” Simone also became an older sister, as The Rock and his fiancee Lauren Hashing recently welcomed their daughter, Jasmine, in December 2015.
Grace Armstrong is daughter of legendary, but infamous, cyclist, Lance Armstrong. Armstrong had won the Tour De France 7 times, back-to-back. However, in 2012, a United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation concluded that Armstrong had used performance enhancing drugs throughout his whole career. Therefore, all his titles and records were made void. However, Grace still supports her father on and off the bike.
Wayne Gretzky is a former professional hockey player and coach. He is known as one of the best players of all time and has been dubbed “The Great One.” Wayne has 5 children: Paulina, Ty, Trevor, Tristan, and Emma. Trevor decided to follow his passion for sports like his father. However, Trevor plays baseball. He hasn’t yet made it yet to the pros, however, he is currently making a name for himself in the minor league.
Gianna Bryant is the daughter of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, and professional dancer, Vanessa Bryant. Kobe and Vanessa met while she was working, as a dancer in “Tha gEastsidaz” music video “G’d Up.” She was born in May 2010. She plays basketball like her father – she is able to copy his one-dribble pull-up shot. Gianna also has one older sister, Natalia, and new baby sister, Bianka.
Kai Wayne Rooney
Kai is the son of famous English soccer player Wayne Rooney. Rooney is the captain for both Manchester United and the English national team. He is married to Colleen Rooney and the have 3 children: Kai, Klay and Kit. Kai, the eldest child, is seven-years-old. Since late 2016, Kai has been training with the Manchester United’s development team. Kai is frequently seen practicing and doing drills with his father and grandfather.
Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade
Basketball player Dwyane Wade has 3 sons: Xxavier Zecharia Wade, Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, and his eldest, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade. Zaire is 14-years-old and is hoping to become a basketball legend like his father. Dwyane Wade originally played for the Miami Heat, from 2003-2016, but he now plays for the Chicago Bulls. He is a 3 time NBA champion and was even named MVP in 2006.
Diego Maradona is a retired soccer player and coach. Many considered him the best to every play. He, along with Pelé, were named the FIFA player of the century. Diego has 5 children. His eldest daughter is Dalma. Dalma spent most of her childhood living with her father, moving each time he was traded. However, she eventually went to live with her grandmother in Argentina. Dalma is currently 29-years-old and is an actress and singer. She has appeared in multiple TV shows and movies.
Kelly Christina Nascimento
Kelly Christina is the daughter of soccer great, Pelé and his first wife, Rosemary Cholby. Pelé, whose birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is considered one of the greatest soccer players to ever live. In 1999, the International Olympic Committee named him the Athlete of the Century. Kelly, who is now 50-years-old, is a actress, a singer and a founder of the former Walkabout Theater Company in Manhattan.
Brooke Hogan is the daughter of professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan. She starred in a reality series based around her life called Brooke Knows Best. She also dabbled in music, trying to make it as a singer. Her single, About Us, reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, her second album was not as successful. She has since tried to change her sound from Pop to country.
Muhammad Ali is one of the most celebrated and inspiring sports figure of the 20th century. Therefore, its no surprise that his daughter Laila wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a boxer, as well. She boxed for many years and retired undefeated along with multiple titles. She also recently appeared on the reality TV series “Celebrity Apprentice,” with the show’s new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
John Edward Thomas Moynahan
John Edward is the son of Super Bowl Champion quarterback, Tom Brady, and ex-wife Bridget Moynahan. However, after Tom’s current wife, Gisele Bündchen, said “I love him [John] the same way as if he were mine. I already feel like he’s my son, from the first day,” Bridget was not happy. She felt her son was being used as a tool and paraded around the paparazzi. John has 2 younger siblings, Vivian and Benjamin.
Nancy Kerrigan is best known for the 1994 ice skating scandal. Kerrigan was on her way to the locker room, when Shane Stant, fellow competitor Tonya Harding’s ex-husband’s friend, hit her in the leg with a police baton. Tonya pleaded guilty. Nancy has since moved on and now has 3 children. They all know how to skate, however, enjoy other activities more. Her eldest child, Matthew, is working in costume design.
LeBron James’ name is synonymous with modern day basketball. He has become an NBA icon and has been called one of the greatest players ever. However, his son Bronny may one day be able to take over that title. At only 12-years-old, Bronny is already showing great talent on the court. However, Lebron is making sure his son doesn’t get sucked into the pubic eye and caught up in fame too soon. Lebron has been quoted “My son is going to be a kid as long as he can be. That’s all he needs to worry about.”
Amir Tyson is the son of infamous boxer, Mike Tyson. The 19-year-old graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School, in 2015. He currently attends American University in Washington, D.C. where he plays baseball for the club team. In 2016, he also appeared in a Super Bowl commercial along side his father. The commercial feature Amir as a boxer and Mike as his trainer.
Allen Iverson II
Allen Iverson II is the son of former NBA MVP, Allen Iverson. Iverson was once considered the best in the league, but retired in 2013. He has since almost declared bankruptcy, even though he made a stagger $200 million while playing. However, due to a unique deal with Reebok, he will have some cash to survive. Reebok agreed to pay him $800,000 a year for life, as well as, create a $32 million trust fund that Allen can touch in 2030. However, no matter the financial situation Allen Iverson II is doing great.
The Beckham name is synonymous with fame, beauty, and soccer. Son of Victoria and David Beckham, Brooklyn, continually exudes just that. The budding photographer has become increasingly popular after publicly announcing his relationship with Chloe Grace Moretz in 2014. They reportedly got back together in 2016, but split again rather quickly. He is frequently seen hanging out with other celeb kids like Jack Scott Ramsay and Rocco Ritchie.
Cal Ripken Jr. is regarded as one of the best baseball players of all time. Therefore, it may be hard for his son, Ryan Ripken, to live up to his father’s success. Ryan was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round. However, he has yet to be pulled up to the pros. Although he resembles his dad in looks he has yet to prove he may be as legendary as his father.
Like father like son could not be more true than with Shaquille O’Neal and his son, Shareef. He currently plays power forward on his high school basketball team. He is currently a junior but has been offered scholarships from multiple universities, including powerhouse basketball programs like Georgetown, Baylor and UCLA. He also takes after his father in height, he is 6 ft 8 in. We can only imagine how successful his future basketball career may become.
Charlie Woods is the son of golfer Tiger Woods and former model Elin Nordegren. Charlie, who is now 8-years-old, is following in his father footsteps, and has begun playing golf. In 2016, he tied for 2nd place in the “U.S. Kids Golf Boys 7 event,”a 9-hole junior tournament hosted by the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club in Palm Beach, Florida. We can expect that Charlie’s golf career is only beginning and he will be a famous champion like his father.
Sam Alexis Woods
Sam Alexis Wood is the daughter of golfer Tiger Woods and former model Elin Nordegren. Sam was born the day after the 2007 U.S. Open, where Tiger finished second. Sam is not short for Samantha. It is the nickname Tiger’s father used to call him as a boy. His father believed Tiger looked more like a Sam. Tiger has said Sam enjoys soccer more than she does golf. Unfortunately, the Woods family made headlines after Tiger was caught cheating on his wife. Sam now spends equal time with her father and mother.
Many know O.J. Simpson as the notorious athlete who was charged with allegedly killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Their two children, Justin and Sydney, tried to remain out of the public eye, as the case really brought a strain on the family. Sydney is now 30-years-old and resides in Florida. In 2014, she opened her own company, in St. Petersburg, Florida, called Simspy LLC.