Sunday is Brother’s Day in America, and to celebrate we’ve asked some of pro sports’ best-known bros to send us some throwback photos of themselves as kids, and they absolutely delivered. Enjoy this, frankly, adorable family photo album from the 90s and early 00s.
Gordie, Dan, Chris, Rob and Glenn Gronkowski
All five Gronkowski brothers have spent time playing at a professional level. The oldest, Gordie, spent time in the minor leagues before taking a leading role at Gronk Fitness between dance battles at Gronk Beach. The other four brothers all spent time in the NFL, led by Rob, who after a brief retirement, is back in the NFL.
Thanasis, Giannis and Kostas Antetokounmpo
Three of the five Antetokounmpo brothers are currently making a living playing basketball — Kostas in the Los Angeles Lakers organization and Giannis and Thanasis playing together for the Milwaukee Bucks. Their older brother, Francis, spent time playing soccer in Europe, and their youngest brother, Alex, is a promising Class of 2020 hoops prospect.
Thanasis started his first game alongside his brother earlier this year. He had this to say afterward: “Think about if you’re like 14 years old, right? And you’re in your room and you’re talking with your brother like, ‘Imagine if we played on the same team and the gym is packed with 20,000 people and we pass the ball to each other and we score. And legit today, I was running for a layup, like let me chase the ball and go for a layup, then he stops and passes me the ball, and I score, then I realize that it just happened, so it’s surreal.”
Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball
Before Big Baller Brand entered the pop culture lexicon in 2017, LaVar Ball saw professional basketball in the future for his three boys, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo.
LaVar’s vision for a career in basketball for all three boys has come true, with Lonzo playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, LiAngelo in the G League and LaMelo in the National Basketball League.
Kyle, Justin and Corey Seager
Kyle, Corey and their brother Justin grew up outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, playing baseball and basketball and helping out on their family’s 10-acre farm. All three brothers ended up playing baseball professionally — Kyle and Corey in MLB and Justin in the minor leagues.
Corey was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2016 and has since been to two All-Star Games and won two Silver Slugger awards. Kyle has a .256 batting average over his nine-year career and won a Gold Glove in 2014.
P.K., Malcolm and Jordan Subban
NHL veterans P.K. and Malcolm Subban and their younger brother Jordan, currently playing in Austria, are part of a family of seven. Back in 2017, P.K. and Malcolm played against each other in the NHL for the first time. Malcolm tended goal for the Vegas Golden Knights with P.K. on the other side with the Nashville Predators. The younger Subban stopped every shootout try that night in the Knights’ win. After the game, his big brother offered his congratulations.
“It was awesome,” P.K. told NHL.com. “Obviously I don’t like to see him play that well against us, but you know, he played well, and I’m happy for him. It’s been a rocky road to get to where he is now, but he’s a pro now. You can see that. As a family, today’s a big day.”
J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt
J.J., four years older than Derek and six years older than T.J. has always set the tone for his little brothers, but he hasn’t been able to be on the same team with them often throughout their lives. Now that Derek and T.J. are both representing the Pittsburgh Steelers, that trend continues.
“J.J., he’s very happy for us because we get this opportunity,” Derek Watt told ESPN after he signed with the Steelers in free agency. “He’s always said that he’s envious of T.J. and I, we’ve had the chance to play together in high school, college and now the NFL. He knows how special that really is. He never had that opportunity. I kept missing him by a year.”
Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin
Shaquill Griffin described to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi his bond with his identical twin brother Shaquem this way: “If it’s him fighting a shark, I’m diving in the water with him, because that shark has to feel both of us.”
Shaquill turned down multiple Power Five scholarship offers to play with Shaquem at UCF. The self-proclaimed “inseparable” pair were both drafted by the Seattle Seahawks (Shaquill in 2017, Shaquem in 2018) where they both contribute on defense.
Jason and Travis Kelce
The Kelce boys have become known for their big personalities, epic childhood fights and Super Bowl rings. The All-Pros at the top of their game have been competing and supporting each other their whole lives, as evidenced by the conversation they had at dinner with their mother, Donna, and father, Ed, the night before Super Bowl LIV.
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“And I’m sitting here and I’m thinking, ‘This is so fricking cool. I’ve got my two kids talking about Super Bowl experiences, and the older boy telling the younger boy how to deal with this and be the best you can be out there,'” Ed remembered. “A lot of people on this patio have got no clue as to what I’m listening to right there. That was just a really special moment to me.”
Brook and Robin Lopez
The Lopez twins loved “Star Wars” as kids, and still do. Robin once said his relationship with Brook was like R2-D2 and C-3PO. “And I’m R2-D2,” Robin says. “… Or [it’s like] R2-D2 and BB-8. And I’m R2-D2. [Brook is} BB-8.”
After 11 years on different teams, Brook and Robin’s mother, Deborah Ledford, and their two other brothers, Chris and Alex, get to watch the twins play together for the Milwaukee Bucks, along with another pair of brothers (see Antetokounmpo above).
Taylor and Tyler Rogers
Taylor, a left-handed pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, and Tyler, a San Francisco Giants righty with a submarine delivery, are the 10th set of twins to make it to the major league level. Tyler pitched a scoreless inning in his major league debut last August 25 minutes after his brother got the save for the Twins.