A young boy that loves basketball is getting beat by his older and bigger brother almost every day on their dirt basketball court in Wilmington, North Carolina. He would compete ferociously against his brother. He still would get dominated. However, eventually this young boy named Michael Jordan would defeat his older brother Larry Jordan. Sibling rivalries can help athletes reach their potential. Michael Jordan learned lessons about hard work, discipline, and determination from the basketball battles against his brother. Who are the greatest siblings in sports?
#5 Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko
Wladmir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko are the best heavyweight boxers in the world. Wladimir Klitschko won his last thirteen boxing matches. He is the unified IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion. Wladimir Klitschko is the best heavyweight boxer in the world. He has excellent power in his left and right hand. He is one of the best punchers in boxing.
Vitali Klitschko won his last eight boxing matches. He has the highest knockout percentage at 95% of any heavyweight boxing champion ever. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion. Vitali Klitschko has never been knocked out or knocked down in any professional boxing match. It would be a great fight if the Klitschko brothers fought each other. But, they promised their mom a long time ago that would never happen and they are not about to disappoint her.
#4 Roberto and Sandy Alomar
Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar Jr. had excellent baseball careers. Sandy Alomar Jr. had six All-Star selections in his career. He was one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was the 1990 American League Rookie of the year.
Sandy Alomar Jr. also was the MLB All-Star Game MVP in 1997. Sandy Alomar Jr. had a thirty game hitting streak in 1997. He helped lead Cleveland Indians to three straight post-season appearances. Sandy Alomar Jr. was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 1997.
Robert Alomar is one of the best second basemen in baseball history. He won ten Golden Gloves. He has an impressive career batting average of .300. Robert Alomar was a two-time World Series champion in 1992 and 1993.
He was a very good defensive player with excellent lateral range and a powerful arm. He could make make spectacular plays on ground balls hit up the middle between first and second base. He is ranked 51st in career hits with 2,724. Roberto Alomar was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 19th, 2010.
#3 Eli and Peyton Manning
Eli Manning and Peyton Manning are the best sibling duo in the National Football League (NFL). They both are having good careers in the NFL. Eli Manning lead the New York Giants to defeat the heavily favorite New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in 2007-08 NFL Season. He was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLII.
Eli Manning had a great season in the 2008-09 NFL Season. He had 4,021 passing yards, 27 touchdowns (TDs), and 62.3 completion percentage rating. He also had a passer rating of 93.1. Equally important, Eli and Peyton Manning are the only brothers to play at quarterback in the Super Bowl. They are only set of brothers to win Super Bowl MVP in successive years.
Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He has the record for most NFL MVP awards with four. He holds numerous NFL records such as most consecutive seasons with over 4,000 or more yards passing in a career. He holds the fourth highest career passer rating at 95.5 behind only Steve Young, Phillip Rivers and Tony Romo.
Peyton Manning was named by Fox Sports as player of the decade in 2009. Likewise, Peyton Manning is currently on pace to break career records in every major statistical category for a quarterback, including most career passing TDs, most career completions and most career passing yards.
#2 Cheryl and Reggie Miller
Cheryl Miller and Reggie Miller were a great sibling duo. Cheryl Miller was one of the greatest female basketball players. She had a legendary college basketball career. Her outstanding play brought a lot of attention to women’s basketball. She influenced women’s basketball. She brought athleticism to it such as Dr. J did to the NBA.
Cheryl Miller was named the best male or female college basketball player in 1986 by Sports Illustrated. She led the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans to a 112-20 record and NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984. She won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Additionally, Cheryl Miller was drafted by several professional basketball leagues such as United States Basketball League, a men’s league.
Reggie Miller was an excellent three point shooter especially in clutch situations. He holds the NBA record for career three pointers made with 2,560. Reggie Miller made the All-NBA Third Team three times in his career. He received votes for NBA MVP award in 1998 and 2000. He was a five time NBA all-star.
Reggie Miller was nicknamed Knicks Killer for his role in the bitter rivalry in the 1990’s Eastern Conference playoffs. For instance, May 7th, 1995 Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 8.9 seconds in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Knicks leading the Pacers to a stunning 107-105 victory.
#1 Venus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena Williams are the greatest sibling duo in the history of women’s tennis. Venus Williams the oldest sister is ranked as the 8th greatest tennis player of all-time by Yahoo Sports. She has been ranked No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association three times. She has won twenty-one Grand Slam titles which ties her for 12th on the all-time list.
Venus Williams has won three Olympic gold medals, which is more than any other female tennis player. She holds the fastest serve struck by a woman in a main draw event. She recorded a serve of 130 miles per hour at the Zurich Open. She has a higher average serving speed then the ATP men’s World No.1 Rafael Nadal as well as men’s champion Roger Federer.
Serena Williams is currently ranked No. 1 in world in singles and No. 1 in doubles with sister Venus Williams. The Women’s tennis association has ranked her No.1 in the world in singles five times. Serena Williams on July 3rd, 2010 moved ahead of Billie Jean King to become sixth all-time on list of women’s grand slam champions with thirteen the most of any active player.
Serena Williams twenty-seven grand slam titles places her ninth all-time. She is the most recent player male or female to have held all 4 grand slam titles simultaneously and only the 5th woman in history to do so. She has won more career prize money than any other female athlete in history. Serena Williams has won thirteen of the twenty-three matches against her sister Venus Williams. Serena Williams has won the last four meetings with her sister.
These are the greatest siblings in sports. It is hard for any athlete to become successful at the professional level. However, all of these athletes and their siblings have had accomplished professional careers. It runs in the family of these athletes to have excellent athletic careers.
Bruce and Clay Matthews
Bruce Matthews was one of best offensive linemen in NFL history.
Clay Matthews was a four-time pro bowler.
Tiki and Ronde Barber
Tiki Barber is New York Giants all-time rushing and reception leader. Ronde Barber was voted onto the NFL 2000s all decade team roster as a cornerback.
Sterling and Shannon Sharpe
Sterling Sharpe led NFL in receptions in 1989, 1992, and 1993. Shannon Sharpe was a three time Super Bbowl champion
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