In this day and age, many professional athletes have social media accounts that they (or, in the case of superstars, that someone on their team) handle. After all, it’s a fantastic way of engaging with fans and sharing up to date news, both good and bad. It’s tough to find an athlete currently playing who doesn’t at least have a Twitter account. However, the athlete who engages with social media is a bit of a modern phenomenon – a few decades back, athletes were focused on doing the best job that they could on the field or the court rather than on taking the best selfies. The retired athletes might just be taking some notes from their children now, though.
You see, many of those athletes had children who grew up in the age of social media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were just normal parts of life for them, and many of them set up accounts at a young age, like everyone does. However, everyone is always just a bit more curious about the children of professional athletes, and understandably so. Will they end up pursuing sports like their parent, will they end up pursuing the exact same sport, or will they take an entirely different direction in their careers and pursue something completely different? Will their Instagram account feature some great candid family pictures with their famous parent? And, perhaps most importantly, when will the sassy Riley Curry finally get her own account?
However, while any child of a current or former professional athletes is bound to get some followers, there are a few children who took things a bit further. Sure, they get a few followers thanks to sheer curiosity, but some of the pro athletes’ children on this list have far surpassed the amount of followers that the average child of a semi-celebrity gets. Whether it’s because they take sexy selfies, or because their feed is full of interesting shots, followers keep signing up.
Here are 15 children of athletes who have become Instagram famous.
15 Brooklyn Beckham
It can be tough to imagine that David and Victoria Beckham’s children have grown up so much, as their superstar parents both look so young and stylish still. However, their oldest, Brooklyn, is now 16 years old, and he’s become a bit of a social media star himself – he has a staggering 5.9 million followers on an account with less than 400 posts. It’s easy to see why, though – he predominantly posts candid shots about his fascinating life, including posing with models and sharing adorable selfies of himself with his famous parents. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s inherited his parents’ good looks.
14 Josie Canseco
Baseball star Jose Canseco had his fair share of controversy during his career, but his daughter Josie’s fans aren’t flocking to her account because of that – they’re following the blonde bombshell because she’s absolutely stunning. Josie’s Instagram has over 180,000 followers for a feed that consists pretty much entire of selfies. No, really – the aspiring model is in pretty much every single photo on her account. I mean, if you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?
13 EJ Johnson
It can be tough having an iconic athlete for a father, but Earvin III, the son of Magic Johnson, never had to worry about competing with his dad’s records on the court – he was far more interested in things like fashion. EJ catapulted to Instagram fame after snagging a role on the reality television series Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and 439,000 followers are tuned in to what he’s doing on Instagram every day. It’s not surprising that he has so many fans – with a feed populated by shots of EJ in completely over the top model poses and haute couture finds, every picture is an interesting look into his interesting life.
12 Laila Ali
With a boxing legend like Muhammad Ali for a father, it only makes sense that Laila Ali tried to follow in dad’s footsteps with a career as a boxer. She succeeded, establishing a career as an undefeated professional boxer for several years before retiring. Now, she’s a semi-regular guest on several television programs, and her Instagram feed captures all her adventures. 212,000 followers eagerly await every picture that Laila puts out there, from shots of appetizers at a birthday party for her famous father, to selfies with her family.
11 Trevor Gretzky
When you have a sister who is as Instagram famous as Paulina Gretzky, it can be tough to measure up. Trevor Gretzky definitely can’t wear teeny tiny bikinis like his big sister can, but he’s earned a respectable 12,500 followers thanks to his feed. Unlike sister Paulina, whose feed consists mostly of sexy selfies (and a few baby pictures now that she’s a mom), Trevor uses his social media to share funny pictures of his famous family. It’s a little strange to see The Great One himself in casual situations lounging around at home, but there’s no doubt that Trevor knows how to rock Instagram.
10 Kylie Jenner
Before she was the other leading half of the Hollywood power family, the Kardashian-Jenners, Caitlyn Jenner was a talented Olympic gold-medal winning decathlete (then going by Bruce Jenner). Growing up with a parent who has achieved athletic success at that level often inspires a child to pursue athletics themselves – but that’s not the case with the Jenners. Kylie Jenner was thrust into the spotlight at a young age and instead of following in her father’s footsteps, she followed in her big sisters’ footsteps in becoming a reality television personality. To say that she’s Instagram famous is an understatement – with 49.3 million followers, she’s practically Instagram royalty.
9 Kendall Jenner
While little sister Kylie is all curves and insanely skilled make-up, big sister Kendall Jenner is the complete opposite with her slim build and more minimal make-up. However, there’s one thing that they have in common – a killer social media presence. While aspiring models tend to have more Instagram followers than the average person, because, let’s face it, they’re gorgeous, Kendall Jenner surpasses that – she has a staggering 47.4 million followers. While she might not be an athlete, we can’t help but wonder whether she got any work-out tips from Caitlyn about how to maintain her physique.
8 Nick Hogan
It’s no secret that Hulk Hogan has a bit of a larger than life personality. After all, while many pro wrestlers manage to capture the public’s attention and gain a fan base thanks to their inside-the-ring antics, not all of them are offered a reality show. Nick Hogan got his first taste of fame as one of the stars of Hogan Knows Best, a reality television series based on Hulk Hogan and his family. It seems that the fame did more harm than good, in his case, as Nick has gotten into several scandals over the years. However, through it all, he somehow managed to attain nearly 45,000 followers on a baffling account that consists mostly of random pictures he thinks are funny. Go figure.
7 Brooke Hogan
Brooke Hogan first stepped into the spotlight as a surly teenager on Hogan Knows Best, struggling under the rule of her strict father. However, she’s managed to parlay her reality television fame into a decent career consisting of singing, acting, television hosting, and more. She also has about 115,000 followers on Instagram, proving that while blondes might not always have more fun, they’ll very often have more followers. Her Instagram account also includes a link to her blog, where she’s been sharing some recipes lately, so who knows – perhaps Food Network personality is the next on her roster of occupations.
6 Deion Sanders Jr.
Deion Sanders Sr. is a freak of nature. I mean, this is a man who played professionally in both the NFL and in MLB. That’s right – while most men aspire to make it to the pros in one sport, Sanders effortlessly made it in two. He pretty much cemented his legacy, and his son, Deion Sanders Jr., was born into a life of luxury thanks to his father’s successes. While his famous dad has no qualms about calling his son out on social media, Jr. seems to be trying to make his own fame as the CEO of clothing line Well Off Forever. It might not exactly be the next Chanel, but hey – nearly 53,000 Instagram followers make for a decent audience.
5 Paulina Gretzky
Despite his absolutely enormous stardom in the sports world, Wayne Gretzky has always remained a down-to-earth kid from Canada who just made it big because of his insane skill at hockey. However, it seems that growing up in that kind of luxury had an impact on his daughter Paulina, as she went on to lead the kind of life that many Los Angeles socialites seem to lead. She quickly became a social media sensation once people realized that The Great One’s daughter looked great in a bikini, and frequently posed in teeny, tiny bikinis on her Instagram account. There’s a reason she has 411,000 followers to date, and it’s not because she’s a good photographer.
4 Klay Thompson
When you grow up seeing your father excel in his career as a professional athlete, it can be easy to want to follow in his footsteps – and that’s exactly what Klay Thompson did. His father, Mychal Thompson, played in the NBA for over a decade, and Klay recently got his start with the Golden State Warriors. While the shooting guard might not quite have the Instagram following of NBA superstars like Steph Curry and Lebron James yet, he’s gathered an impressive 1.5 million followers for just over 100 posts. Since about 95% of his posts seem to be basketball related in some way, it’s not surprising that many fans are hitting follow.
3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Ah, Money Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather grew up seeing his father in the ring, and was being taught how to punch and jab practically before he could walk. When he decided to pursue a career as a professional boxer, his dad was right by his side, training him. While Mayweather’s record as a boxer is insanely impressive, let’s be honest – a huge majority of people are just interested in him because he’s an over the top personality. His Instagram followers confirm that – we’re betting not every single one of those 10.8 million followers are huge boxing fans. They tune in to see his selfies. I mean, he recently posted one featuring him sitting beside one of his Christmas presents – an exotic tiger. You can’t make that kind of stuff up.
2 Patrick Schwarzenegger
When you have a father as iconic as Arnold Schwarzenegger, it likely feels tough to follow in his footsteps. After all, we’re talking about a humble man from Austria who transformed into one of the most well-known bodybuilders in the world, and then added on a career as an actor and politician. Well, son Patrick is spending more time in audition rooms than weight rooms as he pursues a career as an actor himself. And, with about 483,000 followers on Instagram, he has a following that many aspiring starlets dream of, despite only having a few credits to his name.
1 Kara (Keough) Bosworth
Kara Keough first stepped into the spotlight as a teenager, when her mother was one of the original housewives on The Real Housewives of Orange County. While many other children of housewives ended up getting involved in scandals and controversy, Kara always seemed to keep a level head, despite the drama between her mother and former pro baseball player father. She ended up marrying an athlete herself – football player Kyle Bosworth – and has about 61,000 followers tuning in for her every move, despite no longer being on reality television.