Vitor Belfort, Rick Ross and Tyron Woodley among celebrities and athletes with sons playing high school football this fall
High school footballers all want to make a name for themselves, but when your dad is famous, the challenge is even greater. Examples of that dynamic are plentiful this fall in the prep with sons of former MLB, NFL and UFC athletes taking the field – not to mention a certain Miami-based rapper.
Below is an overview of 20 current high school soccer players whose fathers gained notoriety in the sports arena or the entertainment industry. And this group is gaining notoriety with 11 of them being four or five star rookies according to 247Sports. Five others received at least three stars.
Of the 19 dads, 15 are former NFL players with three professional Football Hall of Fame winning spots. Several others have obtained HOF references with teams they have played for. Four were linebackers and three were quarterbacks, while the defensive back, defensive line and defensive back positions were each represented by two.
Son with famous fathers playing HSFB
Vitor is a former UFC champion who competed in three divisions (heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight) and was known for his devastating knockout power, which he highlighted during a boxing knockout of celebrities against Evander Holyfield last weekend. Davi is one of the nation’s top freshman quarterback prospects with offers already in Alabama, Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, Florida State and Miami.
Father: Donald Driver Son: Cristian Driver, Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas)
Donald played 14 seasons in the NFL, won four Pro Bowl selections as wide receiver and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2010. Cristian is a four-star rookie with 43 college offerings. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety enlisted at Penn State on July 29.
Father: Antonio gates Son: Antonio Gates Jr., Fordson (Dearborn, Michigan)
Dad was an eight-time Pro Bowl tight end who caught 955 passes for over 11,000 yards and 116 touchdowns for the Chargers. Son (6-1, 185) is a four-star class of 2022 catcher and a Michigan State entry.
Father: Dwight “Doc” Gooden Son: Dylan Gooden, good advice (Olney, Maryland)
Doc is a member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame, four-time All-Star pitcher who won a Cy Young in 1985. Dylan is a four-star defensive end in the Class of 2023. The 6-6, 200-pounder is No. 3 recruits in Maryland and has 15 college offerings.
Father: James edgerrin Son: Eden James, Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Florida)
Edgerrin is a 2020 NFL Hall of Fame inductee after amassing 12,246 career rushing yards and 80 rushing touchdowns. Eden, a senior 5-10 and 180 pounds, has 10 college offers. He ran for 267 yards and two touchdowns last month in a 29-21 reversal against the nation’s No.7 team, American Heritage.
Father: Brad johnson Son: Jake Johnson, Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA)
Brad played 15 seasons as an NFL quarterback, winning a Super Bowl title with Tampa Bay. Jake, a 6-5-year-old, 225-pound senior, is ranked second among tight ends in the country. He signed up to LSU.
Father: Marvin jones Son: Marvin Jones Jr., American Heritage (Plantation, Florida)
Dad played 10 seasons as a New York Jets linebacker, racking up over 1,000 career tackles. Son is the country’s No. 15 national rookie as an on-board rusher. The 6-4, 245-pound senior has 31 college offerings, but appears to have narrowed his pick to Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State or Florida State where his father played.
Father: Count Petit Son: Earl Little Jr., American Heritage
Dad played nine seasons as a defensive back in the NFL with the Saints, Browns and Packers. His son, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback, is one of the top 100 national rookies in the 2022 class. He has 39 offers, including Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Florida.
Father: Russell maryland Son: RJ Maryland, Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Russell, the No.1 pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, was a three-time Super Bowl champion and a 10-year NFL veteran in defensive tackle. RJ (6-4, 210) is a three-star senior tight end for the nation’s No.14 team. He has 24 college offerings but enlisted at Boston College on June 28.
Father: Deland mccullough Son : Dasan and Daeh Mccullough, Bloomington South (Bloomington, Indiana)
Deland, associate head coach and running back coach at Indiana University, had a brief NFL career as a running back and was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 1992 at the University of Miami. He won a Super Bowl as a running back coach for the Chiefs in 2020. Dasan (6-5, 220) is one of the top 100 rookies nationwide as a safety rusher / edge while Daeh (6-2, 195) is ranked No. 1.2 juniors in Indiana. The two engaged in Indiana.
Father: Rick mirer Son: Charlie Mirer, Catholic Cathedral (San Diego, California)
Rick played 11 seasons in the NFL, primarily as a substitute quarterback, after a remarkable college career at Notre Dame. He was the Seahawks’ second pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Charlie is a 6-6, 225-pound quarterback for one of California’s top teams. The 3-star senior rookie enlisted in Michigan last fall.
Father: Rick Ross Son: William Roberts, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
The Boss, born William Leonard Roberts II, made his way to the top of the rap industry. William is a 6-2, 270-pound sophomore attacking tackle with six college offerings including Miami, Texas A&M, Syracuse and Colorado.
Father: Lorenzo Styles Son: Sonny Styles, Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio)
Lorenzo played linebacker in the NFL for six seasons, split between the Falcons and Rams. Sonny (6-4, 215) is the No. 8 ranked national rookie in the 2023 promotion with 22 offers, including Ohio State where his father played. He’s a five-star recruit.
Father: Bobby taylor Son: Bobby Taylor Jr., Katy (Texas)
Dad played 10 seasons in the NFL, nine with the Eagles. Son holds the same position for the 11th-ranked team in the country and is one of the top senior rookies in Texas. The 6-1, 180-pound has 32 college offerings but is committed to Texas A&M.
Father: Jason taylor Son: Mason Taylor, Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jason, an NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, is Aquinas’s defensive coordinator. Mason, a 6-4, 230-pound senior, is a three-star tight end who signed to LSU.
Father: Jeremy Trotteur Son: Josiah Trotter, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA)
Jeremiah, a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker selection, has played 12 seasons in the NFL and is a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. Josiah is a 6-2, 225-pound, four-star linebacker rookie in the Class of 2023. He has 12 college offers.
Father: Brian urlacher Son: Kennedy Urlacher, Chandler, Arizona
Brian was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2018 after racking up more than 1,000 tackles and 41 sacks as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Kennedy, a 2021 MaxPreps All-American freshman, is a 6-1, 180-pound sophomore cornerback for the nation’s No.12 team. He has three college offerings.
Father: Kurt warner Son: Elijah Warner, Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Arizona)
Kurt is a 2017 Professional Football Hall of Fame inductee after throwing more than 32,000 career yards, 208 touchdowns and winning two league MVP awards. Elijah, a 6-foot, 192-pound senior, is a 3-star prospect with six college offerings including Ball State and Colorado State.
Father: Tyron woodley Son: TJ Woodley, Jesuit De Smet (St. Louis, Missouri)
Tyron is a former UFC welterweight champion and recently drew attention to a celebrity boxing loss to Jake Paul late last month. TJ is a 5-10, 220-pound senior linebacker and is back at one of the top schools in Missouri. He’s a three-year-old starter who receives interest and offers from FCS.