The stage is set for Super Bowl LI with the New England Patriots ready to take on the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium, in Houston, TX.
While both teams begin to prepare for the final game of the 2016 NFL Season, it’s hard to overlook the Hall of Fame lineage for both clubs. Three Hall of Famers will have sons competing for the ultimate team achievement when the Patriots and Falcons meet Feb. 5, 2017.
Patriots’ wide receiver Matthew Slater and defensive end Chris Long are the sons of Gold Jackets and . While the Falcons’ left tackle Jake Matthews, is the son of Hall of Famer .
Long, a 2016 free agent acquisition for the Patriots, followed in the footsteps of his father who was a sack master machine and hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl XVIIII with the Oakland Raiders.
Slater hit a milestone this season being named to his sixth Pro Bowl, just one shy of his Dad.
Matthews makes his first Super Bowl appearance since being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Atlanta. Bruce and Jake will become the 17 Father/Son combination to reach the Super Bowl.
All of these players have stood in the shadows of great men that were raised on the principles of the game through Commitment, Integrity, Courage, Respect and Excellence.
Here is an extended look at the 19 father and son combinations to have made it to the Super Bowl.
Father/Son Combos to reach the Super Bowl (19)
Father: Julius Adams, DE, New England (XX)
Son: Keith, LB, Philadelphia (XXXIX)
Father: Perry Brooks, DT, Washington (XVII, XVIII)
Son: Ahmad, LB, San Francisco (XLVII)
Father: Ross Browner, DE, Cincinnati (XVI)
Son: Max Starks, T, Pittsburgh (XL, XLIII)
Father: Jeremiah Castille, S, Denver (XXII)
Son: Tim, FB, Arizona (XLIII)*
Father: Craig Colquitt, P, Pittsburgh (XIII, XIV)
Son: Britton, P, Denver (XLVIII)
Father: Frank Cornish, DT, Miami (VI)
Son: Frank, C, Dallas (XXVII, XXVIII)
Father: Bruce Davis, T, Oakland-L.A. Raiders (XV, XVIII)
Son: Bruce, LB, Pittsburgh (XLIII)*
Father: Steve DeOssie, LB, N.Y. Giants (XXV)
Son: Zak, LB, N.Y. Giants (XLII)
Father: Tony Dorsett, RB, Dallas (XII, XIII)
Son: Anthony, CB, Tennessee (XXXIV); Oakland (XXXVII)
Father: Guy Frazier, LB, Cincinnati (XVI)
Son: Andre, LB, Pittsburgh (XLIII)
Father: Bob Griese, QB, Miami (VI, VII, VIII)
Son: Brian, QB, Denver (XXXIII)*; Chicago (XLI)*
Father: Don Hasselbeck, TE, L.A. Raiders (XVIII)
Son: Matt, QB, Seattle (XL)
Father: , DE, Raiders (XVIIII)
Son: Chris, DE, New England (LI)
Father: , G, Tennessee Titans (XXXIV)
Son: Jake Matthews, T, Atlanta Falcons (LI)
Father: Emery Moorehead, TE, Chicago (XX)
Son: Aaron, WR, Indianapolis (XLI)
Father: , T, Los Angeles Rams (XIV)
Son: Matt, WR, New England (XLVI, XLIX)
Father: Mosi Tatupu, RB, New England (XX)
Son: Lofa, LB, Seattle (XL)
Father: Jesse Tuggle, LB, Atlanta (XXXIII)
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Son: Grady Jarrett, DT, Atlanta (LI)
Father: Manu Tuiasosopo, DT, San Francisco (XIX)
Son: Marques, QB, Oakland (XXXVII)*
*Did not play