Top 15 Talentless Children of Legendary Athletes

Every family has the black sheep that doesn’t quite fit in. Well, there’s also a sports equivalent of that. Though it doesn’t happen as often as you’d think, some athlete's children decide to follow in their parent’s footsteps and work towards becoming a great pro player. Some children do well for themselves and others have even surpassed their parent. But there are those unfortunate ones who are born to a superstar parent. Being constantly surrounded by their father’s greatness their entire lives not only creates an impossibly high bar for them to reach but also forces them in their shadow.

Be it soccer, football, baseball, basketball, hockey or any other sport, there are athlete’s who’ve accomplished greatness. Some of them are doing things that’ll probably never be seen again. All that leaves for their children is a legacy they’ll never be able to follow. As hard as they try, the one thing hanging over their heads will be their heritage. Now, that doesn’t mean that having a parent that was once a great pro athletes means they’re doomed to fail. Others have flourished in the same position. But the uncanny amount of pressure is enough to stymie even the most promising prospects development early on.

So then why even become a pro athlete? Why not move onto something else? Well no matter how bad or how ordinary they might be, athletes strive off a passion to play. It’s that passion that drives them to get better even when they’re at their peaks. Being a great athlete doesn’t guarantee their children will be the same way, but that also works the other way around. Success is a mixture of hard work, genetics and sometimes plain old luck. You can have one of these things going for you but it in no way guarantees success at the pro level.

15 Kerry Earnhardt


14 Matt Simms

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13 Ryan Ripken


12 Tony Gwynn Jr.

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11 Jarrett Payton


10 Matt Singletary


9 Nate Montana

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8 Duron Carter

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7 Anthony Dorsett


6 Chris Simms


5 Kellen Winslow Jr.

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4 Diego Sinagra


3 Jerry Rice Jr.

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2 Marcus Jordan


1 Trevor Gretzky


When your father is the great Wayne Gretzky, it’s safe to say that you’ll be living with an unbearable amount of pressure for pretty much your entire life. After all, how do you live up to someone who went by “The Great One” for the majority of their career? For Trevor Gretzky, the answer is simple. You don’t. Instead of going for a career on the ice, Trevor has opted to make his name in baseball. But regardless of the sport, the name on that jersey remains the same and expectations will stay high. Now in the minor leagues, Trevor is making some strides to becoming a pro. Though he’s still a long shot, he’s been able to carry himself well. But no amount of success he has now or in the future will ever allow him to step out of his father’s enormous shadow, or even his sister's for that matter.

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Top 15 Talentless Children of Legendary Athletes