The life of being an athlete changes people. The athlete works very hard to make it in their professional sport. Sometimes the athlete will start at a very young age and work their way up. After the athlete has reached their goal of being in their professional sport, they might help the people out that got them to that point in their life. The athlete might help out their parents, siblings, and friends with whatever they need to show gratitude. Many athletes have siblings that join, for example, Peyton and Eli Manning. Both come from a football family and have been successful in the NFL.
In this article though we'll take a look at athletes who have siblings and you might have not even realized they were related. After the athlete has been successful in their sport they may turn to their sibling and thank them for their support. Also there may be some cases where the two siblings are in the same sport. They might face each other in a game which would be another example of a sibling rivalry. This isn't just one sport; this list is a top 20 list of athletes who have unrecognizable brothers and sisters.
20 Tony Durant (Kevin Durant)
Kevin Durant has had the support of his family especially his brother. When he decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to play for the Golden State Warriors. His brother Tony supported his decision to leave. Many fans didn't like it that Durant went from the Thunder to the Warriors but his brother and his family was by his side through the process. Tony did play basketball in China after college but would work for his brother after that. Looking at the two of them, they have very different frames, as KD has always had the tall and lean look, while Tony is a little fuller.
Their physical differences aside, Tony has always stood by his little brother, particularly through the criticism Kevin has faced in recent years.
Tony told triplemcdouble.com about how Kevin dealt with the criticism he faced when he switched teams saying: "I handled it the way a big brother should. I’m always there to protect Kevin. I keep my mouth closed most of the time, but I’m not afraid to shove it in people’s faces either. I can take the criticism and I can dish it out too."
Many were quick to pile on Durant for "abandoning" Russell Westbrook, but clearly the Durant siblings never abandon each other.
19 Cameron McDavid (Connor McDavid)
After the amazing individual season, yet bad team season Connor McDavid just had with the Edmonton Oilers, he could probably use some support from a sibling. Fortunately, he has one.
Connor McDavid has an older brother named Cameron. Obviously, Connor played hockey from a very young age. His father knew Cameron was going to be a great hockey player someday. Cameron like his brother also played hockey and also was a forward. He was a member of the Newmarket Hurricanes. Cameron wasn't the hockey player his brother was and would eventually stop playing hockey.
Connor's mother Kelly recalled the childhood days of the two brothers, saying she was initially skeptical about whether either of her sons could ever make it in the NHL.
“He kept saying, ‘He’s special,’” she said in an interview with the Globe and Mail. “I would say, ‘Oh, for goodness sakes. Every kid thinks they are going to play in the NHL. Get that thought out of your head.’”
Obviously, Connor was the standout in hockey, but Cameron found his own success. After hockey, he turned to business and finds himself currently being an investment banker in Toronto. Even though Cameron didn't make it in hockey he still made out good for himself.
18 Julie Brady (Tom Brady)
Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. He also has support from his family and his sisters. Brady was the only boy in the family and growing up he strictly was into sports. His sisters support Tom through it all.
Julie Brady is married to former Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis. Julie and Tom are three years apart.
Brady is still an overprotective little brother. Maybe his sisters will try to get him to retire? Brady will be 41 in August and has really accomplished everything he can at being a quarterback. Brady though, has said he's negotiated with his wife Gisele (and probably his sisters as well) that he'll at least keep playing another couple of years. His goal is to play until he's at least 45.
"I have personal goals," said Brady, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I want to keep playing. I've said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years, when I was 36-37, 'You can't keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls [at that age].' It's a great challenge for me. I think I've been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it."
17 Raynard Westbrook (Russell Westbrook)
Russell Westbrook is one of the most intense and most talented players in the NBA. His brother Raynard Westbrook is his biggest fan. When Russell Westbrook won the MVP award last season he said that Raynard would text him at halftime every game. During his speech according to hoopshype.com Russell wouldn't change the relationship he has with his brother with anything in the world. Raynard and Russell had it rough growing up. They grew up in a rough neighborhood were drugs fights were part of their lives. They both turned to sports to make something out of themselves. It's great that they have each other back through the good and bad, and have made out great for themselves.
If you're trying to get an idea of just how strong the bond is between the two, here is a detailed report from newsok.com:
"Shannon and Russell Westbrook (Russell and Raynard's parents) always encouraged their boys, Russell and Raynard, to stick together. They lived in Los Angeles neighborhoods where drugs, fights and gunshots were part of the fabric of their lives, so knowing who to trust was difficult. “You’ll always have your brother,” Shannon often told them. The brothers became inseparable. They looked to each other for advice, inspiration, even tough love."
16 Jason Kelce (Travis Kelce)
Jason Kelce is the brother of All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. Travis plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. His brother Jason Kelcie plays for the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Jason was a first-team All-Pro selection and won a Super Bowl. While Travis had 83 catches for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns according to 247 Sports. After the Eagles won the Super Bowl Travis delivered a speech at the victory parade. Jason Kelcie and Travis do have a sibling rivalry. There was once a time in 2016 when Jason ripped his brother Travis over grooming habits.
Last year, the brothers faced off against each other in a game for the first time ever. Travis shed some light on their sibling rivalry:
“Literally everything you could think of, we turned into some sort of game, some sort of competition,” Travis said. “Every single day was a new challenge trying to beat my brother in anything. So, it definitely made me an athlete, and the competitive player I am today.”
We all know Jason can talk and you needn't look any further than his epic speech at the Eagles' Super Bowl parade earlier this year. With the rivalry, they also do support each other.
After his brother Jason gave that epic speech in downtown Philadelphia at the Super Bowl parade, Travis captioned a Tweet with the speech #GOAT.
15 Reggie Rose (Derrick Rose)
Derrick Rose was a dominant player in the NBA before injuries got the best of him. Derrick Rose has the support of his family for his success and his brother. His brother Reggie Rose unofficially represented Derrick and would want Derrick to get the best deal possible.
Reggie also came to his brother's defense on several occasions, particularly during his time with the Bulls, as he called out the organization for not surrounding Derrick with enough talent:
"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com. "What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?
"Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."
When Derrick singed a 14 year deal with Adidas it was reported by Sports Illustrated, that Reggie would be making $250,000 to $300,000 annually. That's a lot of money but probably a way for Derrick to give back to his brother for supporting him. Since Derrick's play has declined we'll see if Adidas cuts the pay of the deal. The deal is worth $190 million for 14 years.
14 Candace Seguin (Tyler Seguin)
Tyler's sister Candace is one popular woman on social media. She has a lot of followers on Instagram and lots of pictures of her and Tyler. Tyler currently is a captain for the Dallas Starts before that he was on the Boston Bruins right out of the NHL Draft. Seguin was drafted second overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. He would be on the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup team. Seguin and both his sisters grew up playing hockey. It worked out for Tyler who has now made the sport a career. Also, his sister's supporting him along the way.
As we'll remember from Tyler's earlier days in Boston, the Bruins weren't particularly fond of Seguin's antics off the ice, as they felt he was more concerned with partying rather than focusing on hockey. As Bruins fans will painfully remember, the Bruins sent Seguin to Dallas after just three NHL seasons, landing Loui Erickson in return. Seguin has since gone on to become one of the most dynamic goal scorers in the NHL. Of course, his sister has been the constant rock in his life every step of the way, but looking at them, it'd be kind of hard to tell that they are in fact siblings.
13 Aaron Gamble (LeBron James)
The King LeBron James has one of the most inspirational stories of being just a kid from Akron raised by a single mom who managed to build up a ton of hype for himself throughout high school. LeBron entered the NBA with more hype than any prospect ever seen before. Under those expectations, it'd be easy to come up short of those expectations, but LeBron has somehow managed to exceed the hype and is still going strong 15 years after getting drafted. However, there's one person that's tried forming a bond with LeBron but to no avail.
As we know, LeBron was raised by only his mother Gloria, after LeBron's biological father left the family.
LeBron's father also fathered Aaron Gamble, an estranged half-brother of LeBron.
Being that LeBron has chosen to ignore all aspects of his father's life, he has yet to reach out to Gamble, despite Gamble claiming to be struggling financially. We obviously know LeBron has helped change many lives of struggling youths and hopefully, he's able to put aside the feelings towards his father, as Gamble is still his flesh and blood. Hopefully this story eventually has a positive ending. It's certainly not Gamble's fault that his father left LeBron and his mother.
12 Jordan Rodgers (Aaron Rodgers)
Aaron Rogers is one of the best quarterbacks of this time. Rogers also is a very private guy and pretty much has disowned his family. He doesn't talk to his parents and to his brother Jordan. Fame changes people and ever since Aaron has been successful he hasn't reached out to his family at all. The family rift became public when Jordan appeared on the ABC series 'The Bachelorette.' On the show, Jordan said he was close to his brother Luke but doesn't talk to NFL great Aaron.
Jordan said on the show about Aaron "It’s just the way he’s chosen to do life, I chose to stay close to my family and my parents and my brother (Luke)."
When his brother Jordan was on The Bachelorette, Aaron commented very briefly on the relationship with his brother, saying:
“I haven’t seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn’t really affected me a whole lot,” said Aaron.
“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just – I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.
11 Jaleel Cousins (DeMarcus Cousins)
DeMarcus Cousins has a bad reputation but he is a talented basketball player. Cousins has come along way and it comes in part because of his brother. Jaleel Cousins hopes to be as good as his brother Jaleel saying in 2017, he was happy to be his older brother in a game of one-on-one telling the advocate. Jaleel didn't get drafted in the NBA like his brother did. He would go undrafted in 2016 after finishing college at South Florida. Cousins a season in the NBA Gatorade league. In the Developmental League Cousins averaged 5.1 points per game according to the advocate and 3 rebounds in 31 games in the developmental league.
We know that DeMarcus won't hesitate to come to his brother's defense.
A couple of years ago, Boogie confronted a reporter who had published a story on Jaleel. Bee Columnist Andy Furillo had written a column suggesting Cousins should stop hanging out in clubs, then referenced his brother, who had been arrested when DeMarcus was present. When Cousins saw Furillo by the Kings' locker room, he got into Furillo's face. The incident was captured on video with Cousins telling Furillo:
“Don’t ever mention my brother. You don’t know my f-----g brother.”
10 Hilary Phelps (Michael Phelps)
Michael Phelps is a great Olympic Swimmer. They do have a sibling rivalry though as brother and sister. Michael is the youngest of his two younger sisters Hilary and Whitney.
The siblings are all as close as ever today and while they didn't quite have the same success in the sport they both pursued, it didn't harbor any jealousy.
Hilary told the Chicago Tribune in 2016. "At the time, my parents didn't want to drive back and forth, between home and the pool, so they enrolled Whitney and Michael in swimming lessons. I was not only the first child to get in the water, I was also the first one to find competitive success in the sport of swimming."
Swimming competition ran in the family and Michael made something out of it becoming an Olympic swimmer. Phelps is now moving on from swimming and has found a new passion; cycling. He discussed it in an interview with NBCSports:
"It’s all I do. I pound it. I went 30 straight days on the bike. 500 miles in 30 days, 1,100 minutes and 28,000 calories. I was just basically at the point I just was like, I’m just going to grind for a month and see what happens. Somebody said, what are you going to do after that month? Probably keep going. I like having that competition on the bike. I ride a Peloton, so I ride in classes. I have an alias. No one knows it’s me."
9 Taylor Crosby (Sidney Crosby)
Taylor Crosby is following the footsteps of her older brother. NHL star Sydney Crosby is an NHL standout and really a great player in the NHL.
Crosby has spent the last decade plus earning his status as the best player in the world and re-affirmed that in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons when the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups, with Crosby taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2017. This year, Crosby's Pens failed in their quest for a three-peat, as they simply ran out of gas in their second round series with the Washington Capitals. Perhaps he'll have more time this offseason to hang out with his sister Taylor, who shares a love for the game like her older brother.
Taylor is also putting on the pads and playing hockey herself. Taylor is playing in nets for St. Cloud University in Minnesota.
She told the post gazette about what it's like being a brother of an NHL star. "When people ask me that, I say he's just a normal brother."
I'm sure their parents are proud of what they accomplished and also they support each other. Sydney has been the face of the NHL and continues to impress throughout the league.
8 Asia Irving (Kyrie Irving)
Kyrie Irving was tired of being considered no.2 in Cleveland behind LeBron, but there doesn't seem to be any sense of jealousy between Kyrie and his sister Asia who seem inseparable. Of course, part of what brought the siblings so close together was the fact that their mother passed away at a young age from sepsis, at 29 years old. Their mother Elizabeth was a star basketball player in high school and the siblings had a chance to visit their late mother's alma mater last year, where she was honored:
“Every time I come here (to Puyallup) I hear different stories about my mom,” Asia said. “And I never really get to otherwise. I was so young, so it’s hard to remember things, but from the stories I’ve been told she was an amazing woman.”
Kyrie's obviously had a roller coaster of a year, as he requested a trade out of Cleveland, found a good home in Boston and seemed to have the Celtics pegged as the favorites in the Eastern Conference before suffering a season-ending injury. Fortunately for Kyrie, his sister's always there by his side. As for what Asia is up to now, she's a prominent fashion designer.
7 Mikhael Ovechkin (Alex Ovechkin)
Mikhael Ovechkin is the brother of hockey great Alex Ovechkin. Mikhael supports his brother Alex and travels to see him play. Alex and Mikhael have had two of their brothers pass away. Their brother Ovie passed away when Alex was only 10 years old. Also, their brother Sergei passed away following a car accident. He was only 24 years old. Ovechkin didn't open up about the incident for many years, but finally shed some light on the experience back in 2015:
“It was hard, I was crying. I remember I was crying that day,” Ovechkin told Bensinger. “I was on the bench, I was crying. But my shift, my coach said okay, go play. And I played and I was crying. It was hard but at 10 years old, you obviously [don’t] realize what’s happening. It was a hard moment for my mom and dad, for all my family because oldest son passed away. It was a hard time.”
Alex and Mikhael have had it rough but they've gotten through the bad together.
Mikhail supports Alex through his career and goes to see him play when he can. Mikhail went to see him play in the Winter Classic in 2011.
6 Casey Matthews (Clay Matthews)
Casey Matthews is the brother of Clay Matthews III. Casey formerly played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings and has never really made it big like his brother has. The two have one thing in common though they are competitive. Casey and Clay come from a big football family. Their father Clay Matthews Jr. Played football at USC and also played in the NFL for 19 seasons. Casey's brother Clay is a six-time Pro-Bowler and has spent his entire eight-year career with the Green Bay Packers. Clay has played in 127 games starting 121 of them.
The two shot a program with Football VUEing Family, and Clay had nothing but positive things to say about the experience:
"It was awesome working with my family for the first time. We had a great time on set and fed off each other really well. The fact that we were able to incorporate a majority of my siblings made it all the more special."
Obviously when looking at the two brothers, it's hard to figure out that they're related, as Clay is sporting his flowing locks, while Casey opts for a more ordinary look. In any event, the two are as close as siblings can be.
5 Larry Jordan (Michael Jordan)
Here's something not many basketball fans may believe. Michael Jordan's brother was actually considered the more talented player in the family.
Larry Jordan was under six feet though, and never hit the growth spurt his brother Michael did, which likely prevented him from ever becoming an NBA star.
"I won most of them [the one-on-one games] until he started to outgrow me. And then that was the end of that." said Larry.
"We played one year of varsity basketball together when I was a senior and Michael was a junior, and that's when his play just went to another level. Even though there were five guys on the floor, he pretty much played all five positions. His level of play was just so much higher than the rest of us."
Even their father always felt Larry was the more talented of the two when they were kids, but obviously, Michael ended up becoming the GOAT. Even though his brother is just about the most competitive athlete who's ever played the sport of basketball, Larry doesn't seem in any way jealous, but rather is proud of what his brother did in the NBA. It'd be great to see a one-on-one game between them now.
4 Blake Kessel (Phil Kessel)
Phil Kessel obviously has a signature look as the NHL sniper usually sports unkempt facial hair and doesn't seem to mind his hair being all over the place in general. His younger brother Blake keeps a bit of a cleaner look, but not many fans get to see him, as he doesn't play in the NHL. Blake probably saw that he was never going to be as good a sniper as his brother, so he opted to play defenceman, and was drafted back in 2007 by the New York Islanders in the sixth round. Unfortunately, his professional career has mostly consisted of bouncing around the AHL playing for several teams.
It appears he's given up on playing in the NHL, or he simply feels a change of scenery was needed. He recently moved overseas to play for the Slovak league for HC Kosice. He's recorded 25 points in 54 games this year, which are solid numbers but likely won't be turning the heads of any NHL scouts. It appears Phil's the only one in his family that will end up playing in the NHL.
Blake has actually fallen behind two siblings, as Amanda Kessel won her first Olympic gold medal at this year's Olympics with Team USA. She's also an All-Star in the NWHL.
3 Kyle Long (Chris Long)
Kyle Long and Chris Long are brothers. Chris Long has been more successful than his brother Kyle though. Kyle long is happy for his brother though telling "Carmen and Jurko" radio "I'd say 99.9 percent of the time, even 100 percent of the time I'm completely wholeheartedly so happy for my brother." The other 0.1% must mean Kyle wants his own celebrations one day. Kyle was in Philadelphia for this year's NFC Championship game and loved the atmosphere. He told 'Carmen and Jurko.' "It was nuts, They Crisco’d the freaking light poles (in the city) if that gives you any indication of (the craziness). ... They were ready for it. And the stadium atmosphere was incredible.”
Chris Long has managed to win the past two Super Bowls with different teams, first being a part of the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, then the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, who ironically beat his old team.
Despite Chris never quite living up to his status as a no.2 overall draft pick back in 2008, he has still managed to forge quite a successful career for himself. We'll see if Chris can make it three rings in a row by next year.
2 Kayla Price (Carey Price)
Carey Price tends to keep his personal life rather private which is understandable given that he lives in a hockey hotbed like Montreal, where every little thing he does is scrutinized to no limit. Kayla Price is now a lifestyle blogger and residing out of Nashville Tennessee. Given the the Prices grew up in Anahim Lake, BC, it's a little surprising to hear that Kayla would relocate down there. Well, there's a reason for that. Her boyfriend Yannick Weber plays for the Nashville Predators, who ironically is a former teammate of Price's.
It seems Kayla is probably following in the footsteps of her sister-in-law Angela, who is a lifestyle blogger of her own and talks about being a hockey wife and mom to Carey's daughter. Obviously, that makes Kayla a proud aunt.
Kayla describes her blog, Sincerely Kayla Price, as such:
"My name is Kayla and I’m a 25 year old British Columbia Native currently living in Nashville, Tennessee with my loving boyfriend and two dogs. I have a degree in communication from Simon Fraser University and currently pursuing a Business and Journalism joint major.
I have an endless passion for beauty, fashion, food and fitness. Countless hours of YouTube and Pinterest searching have inspired me to start creating content myself, so that’s what I’m here to do."
1 Marc Gasol (Pau Gasol)
Marc and Pau Gasol are both living the dream playing basketball. Pau Gasol is a six-time All-Star and has been in the NBA for 18 seasons. Pau has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and currently the San Antonio Spurs. Marc Gasol has played his entire career with the Memphis Grizzlies. When the brothers matchup to play one another it's like a sibling rivalry. They do support each other though. Pau had Marc Gasol's back when Mark explained his frustrations about the Memphis Grizzlies.
Pau said Marc should be upset over the state of the Memphis Grizzlies. Pau told NBA.com “Any player who competes and cares would be upset. That’s a good sign from a player who cares and is a leader. He’s putting his body on the line and not quitting.”
Earlier this year, Pau spoke on Marc's disappointing season with the Grizzlies, who seemed to completely fall apart. Concerning Memphis's play, Pau said: "Of course, he’s upset. He should be upset,” Pau, said to USA Today. “Any player who competes and cares would be upset. That’s a good sign from a player who cares and is a leader. He’s putting his body on the line and not quitting.”