It's been less than a year since John Carney unretired and retired again to steal away the title of the last Tecmo Super Bowl player in the NFL from punter Jeff Feagles. It seems fitting that now we're starting to see an influx of NFL players whose fathers played in the NFL. Let's break down the players drafted and who projects to have the better career.
Mark Ingram Jr.
- Position/School: RB – Alabama
- Drafted 1st Round, 28th Pick by the Saints in 2011
- Son of Mark Ingram Sr. – Drafted out of Michigan St. 1st Round, 28th pick by the Giants in 1987
Mark Ingram Jr won a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship at Alabama as a sophomore. He battled injuries his junior year and ended up being drafted in the same slot as his father 24 years later. Junior finds himself in a fortunate situation of becoming the main running back for the high powered Saints offense. Senior had a solid though not spectacular career winning a Super Bowl with the Giants in 1990 with teammate Stephen “Touchdown Maker” Baker as well as playing high school football with Andre Rison.
Better Ingram? Mark Jr should establish himself as the superior Ingram by year 3 if he can avoid injury
- Position/School: DE – California
- Drafted 1st Round, 24th Pick by the Saints in 2011
- Son of Steve Jordan – Drafted out of Brown 7th Round (pick 179) by the Vikings in 1982
Cameron Jordan amassed 16.5 Sacks and 175 tackles with his notably lengthy arms which should fit well into the Saint’s strategy to dominate the league with former Tecmo greats. While not really throwing up gaudy numbers in the 90s, Steve Jordan was one of the best at his position. Who knows where he could have gone with a better QB than Wade Wilson
Better Jordan? Steve ended up making 6 pro bowls catching balls from Wade Wilson and Rich Gannon…you’d need to be Reggie White Jr. to top that
- Position/School: DE – Ohio State
- Drafted 1st Round, 31st Pick by the Steelers in 2011
- Son of Craig “Ironhead” Heyward – Drafted out of Pitt 1st Round, 24th pick by the Saints
Cam Heyward is a defensive giant that was drafted by a defense oriented team in the Steelers that rarely wiffs on such picks. The national championship winner from Ohio St. is the son of one of Pitt’s greatest running backs. While Ironhead’s career didn’t live up to his college numbers and he’s probably known almost as much for showering as he is for destroying defenders, he is considered the greatest KR in Tecmo Super Bowl.
Better Heyward: Push….Cameron will probably have a more successful career but will never be “Ironhead”
- Position/School: LB - Oregon
- Drafted 4st Round, 116th Pick by the Eagles in 2011
- Son of Clay Matthews Jr. – Drafted out of USC 1st Round, 12th pick by the Browns in 1978
Football is in the Matthews family blood as grandfather Clay Sr. played for the Niners in the 50s while his father, uncle Bruce, brother Clay Jr, and cousin Kevin have all played in the NFL. He also sports long flowing hair like his brother.
Better Matthews? Clay Jr. If these were Mannings, Casey would be the Eli of the group.
Greg Lloyd, Jr.
- Position/School - LB - Connecticut
- Drafted 7th Round, 237th Pick by the Eagles in 2011
- Son of Greg Lloyd Sr. – Drafted out of Fort Valley State 6th Round, 110th pick by the Steelers in 1988
I don't know a whole lot about Greg Lloyd Jr. except that he doesn't keep in contact with his father because of an alleged incident involving him sticking a gun in his 12 year old son's mouth reportedly for poor grades and also pointing a gun at his ex-wife's head. Jim Harbaugh claims he wasn't afraid of anything until he played against Greg Lloyd though it doesn't mention whether Lloyd was packing on the field. Both Lloyds were late round draft picks.
Better Lloyd: Greg Sr. Senior was one of 5 Linebackers voted to the all-time Steelers team. That more than makes up for the fact he's been a notorious asshole off the field.