Famous siblings dominate Hollywood – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the entire Kardashian clan are just a few examples. In honor of National Sibling Day, we’re taking a look at some of the most famous — and successful — siblings in sports.
Peyton and Eli Manning
One of the best-known and most successful pair of sports siblings comes from one of the most famous families in all of sports.
Peyton Manning, 39, is quarterback for the Denver Broncos and is arguably one of the best quarterbacks to play in the NFL. His younger brother Eli, 34, isn’t too shabby either – Eli has two Super Bowl rings (2007 and 2011) to Peyton’s one (2006).
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to talent in the Manning family. The Manning family patriarch, Archie Manning, was a former quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings. Peyton and Eli’s older brother, Cooper, was also a standout wide receiver. After Cooper was diagnosed with spinal stenosis at 18 – ending his football career– Peyton changed his jersey number to Cooper’s old number “18.”
Venus and Serena Williams
To have one family member succeed in their field is amazing. To have two family members dominate the tennis world is phenomenal.
Professional tennis players Venus (born 1980) and Serena Williams (born 1981) have a combined eight Olympic gold medals, 26 Grand Slam Women’s Singles titles (seven for Venus and 19 for Serena), and 13 Grand Slam Women’s Doubles titles. Both have been ranked number one in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association.
Devin and Jason McCourty
Football fans are seeing double when it comes to Devin and Jason McCourty. The identical twin brothers, 27, are both starting defensive backs in the NFL.
Devin, 27 minutes older than his brother, is a free safety for the Super Bowl XLIX Champion New England Patriots. Jason is a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans. The brothers have a close bond, even sharing a Twitter account (@McCourtyTwins) and a Facebook page.
Jim and John Harbaugh
James “Jim” Harbaugh and John Harbaugh are the first brothers to serve as head coaches in NFL history. John, 52, is the head coach for the Baltimore Ravens. His younger brother Jim, 51, served as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers before taking over the head coaching position at Michigan.
The two brothers coached against each other in Super Bowl XLVII in a game dubbed “The Harbaugh Bowl.” John came out the victor, as the Ravens defeated the 49ers 34-31.
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