20 Athletes Who Have Genetics On Their Side

20 Athletes Who Have Genetics On Their Side

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Some athletes are born great -- they inherit the athletic genes from their parents that help make them into stars. There are 20 athletes in particular who have genetics on their side. Read on to find out who they are.

20. Austin Rivers

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20. Austin Rivers

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Austin Rivers, a current NBA guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, isn't the only athlete in his family. His father is Doc Rivers, also a former NBA guard, who played for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. He has also coached the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and is the current coach of the Clippers.

19. Michael Brantley

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19. Michael Brantley

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is not the only baseball player in his family. His father Mickey played the outfield, just like his son, and was a DH for parts of four seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 1986-89. He finished his playing career in Japan and went on to coach until 2007. Son has one-upped papa in this case, but Michael's nose for the game clearly came from Mickey before him.

18. Shane Vereen

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18. Shane Vereen

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New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen comes from a football family. His father Henry was a ninth round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFL draft. His brother is also a safety for the Chicago Bears, and he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.

17. Stephen Curry

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17. Stephen Curry

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NBA player Stephen Curry is following in the footsteps of his father before him. His father, Dell Curry, played for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors from 1986-2002. He is the Hornets' franchise leader in points and three point field goals made. Stephen has some work to do before he bests his father, but he obviously inherited some talent from him.

16. Robinson Cano

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16. Robinson Cano

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Jose Cano wasn't a very good pitcher for the Houston Astros, but he pitched for them nonetheless in 1989. He may not have been the best player, but his son Robinson surely inherited some of his knowledge and talent. It's obvious at this point though, his son has had a much more productive MLB career.

15. Kevin Love

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15. Kevin Love

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Kevin Love may be the NBA superstar of the family, but he's not the only one to play in the association. His father Stan played four years in the NBA from 1971-75 for the Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs before retiring. He was also inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

14. Kobe Bryant

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14. Kobe Bryant

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The Black Mamba comes from a basketball background. His father played in the NBA from 1975-1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets before playing the rest of his career in Europe. Bryant's mother is also former NBA player Chubby Cox's sister. Needless to say, basketball is in his genes.

13. Kellen Winslow Jr.

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13. Kellen Winslow Jr.

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Not only has another member of Kellen Winslow's family played in the NFL, but they share the same name and position. His father, Kellen Winslow Sr., is one of the best tight ends to ever play in the league. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 despite playing just eight years because of injury. Kellen Jr. hasn't lived up to expectations, but that's a hard act to follow.

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Sr. was also a NASCAR driver like his son of the same name. In fact, he was one of the best. Earnhardt Sr. won 76 races, including the Daytona 500 in 1998. Tragically, he lost his life in a crash while driving in the 2001 Daytona 500 at just 49 years old. Together, the Earnhardts are NASCAR gods and one of the best sports duos of all time. Clearly, his dad's love for and skill on the racetrack made him what he is today.

11. Prince Fielder

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11. Prince Fielder

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Prince Fielder is a fantastic MLB player, but his dad was pretty good too. Cecil Fielder played for 13 years in the majors for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels from 1985-98. He had a lifetime average of .255 with 319 home runs and 1,008 RBIs. Cecil also made the MLB Hall of Fame in 1994. Looking at Prince, it's clear that he inherited his home run hitting ability from his father.

10. Chris Long

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10. Chris Long

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Chris Long has quite the NFL family tree. His father, Howie Long, is a former Oakland Raiders DE and current NFL analyst. He played 13 seasons from 1981-93 and became an NFL Hall of Famer in 2000. Chris' brother Kyle is also an offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears. Obviously, Howie has passed on his talent for football to both sons, especially Chris, who has registered 50.5 sacks in his six NFL seasons.

9. Yadier Molina

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9. Yadier Molina

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Catcher Yadier Molina has quite the baseball pedigree. His father Benjamin was an amateur second baseman in Puerto Rico and a lifetime .320 hitter. He also has two older brothers with MLB experience as catchers. Jose plays for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Bengie played for the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Giants and Texas Rangers before moving on to coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and Rangers.

8. Randy Orton

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8. Randy Orton

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Randy Orton is a third generation WWE Superstar. His grandfather Bob Orton Sr., father "Cowboy" Bob Orton who is also a WWE Hall of Famer and uncle Barry O, were all professional wrestlers. Randy has a leg up on all of them it seems, as he has won 12 championships in WWE. As Triple-H would say, he is the current "face of the WWE" for a reason. It's in his genes.

7. Cody Rhodes

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7. Cody Rhodes

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Like Orton, Cody Rhodes is also a third-generation WWE superstar. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. He is also the half-brother of Dustin Rhodes, better known in WWE circles as Goldust. In WWE, the Rhodes/Runnels family are considered royalty, and Cody is meant to excel as a WWE Superstar; it's in his DNA.

6. Bray Wyatt

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6. Bray Wyatt

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Bray Wyatt, aka Windham Rotunda, is also a third-generation wrestler. His grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, his father Mike Rotunda, uncles Kendall and Barry Windham, and his younger brother Taylor Rotunda (known in WWE as Bo Dallas) are all current or former professional wrestlers. Wrestling is in his blood.

5. Natalya Neidhart

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5. Natalya Neidhart

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Natalya Neidhart comes from wrestling royalty. She is the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, the granddaughter of Stu Hart, Bret Hart is her uncle, and her cousins are Harry Smith and Teddy, Matthew and Michael Hart, all of which were professional wrestlers. It was determined the moment she was born that Nattie would follow in their footsteps and become a professional wrestler.

4. Peyton Manning

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4. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning may not have the amount of athletic family members that Natalya and Bray have, but his family has a top-notch football track record. His father Archie Manning played for over a decade with the Saints, Oilers, and Vikings. Despite never winning a Super Bowl (or appearing in a playoff game) he was a good QB on a terrible Saints team. His younger brother Eli also won two Super Bowls for the Giants and Peyton has won one for the Colts.

3. Curtis Axel

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3. Curtis Axel

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Curtis Axel, aka Joe Hennig, is a third generation WWE superstar. His grandfather was Larry "The Axe" Hennig, and his father was Curt Hennig (known in WWE as Mr. Perfect). His sister, Amy Hennig, is also a professional wrestler. His family tree is impressive in WWE circles, to say the least. He has used his recent persona as a Paul Heyman guy to get over in a big way.

2. Clay Matthews III

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2. Clay Matthews III

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Clay Matthews III is part of a family with a rich NFL background. His father Clay Matthews Sr. was an OT for the 49ers for four seasons, Clay Matthews Jr. was a linebacker for the Browns and Falcons for 19 seasons and has the third most tackles in NFL history. Bruce played 19 years with the Oilers/Titans as an OT, Kevin is a C for the Panthers, Casey plays LB for the Eagles, and Jake is an OT for the Falcons. Clay has NFL greatness in his DNA.

1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson comes from a long line of professional wrestlers. His wrestling family includes Rocky Johnson, Umaga, Rikishi, The Usos, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Wild Samoans, Samu, Rosey and many more. He is the most electrifying man in all of entertainment and success is in his genes. He is a true wrestling legend.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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