These sporty young lads make it on their own, despite their celebrity genes
It is no surprise that David Beckham’s sons are following him out onto the football field. But when the offspring of actors and singers decide to follow their daddys to fame but on the pitch, it makes for an interesting twist. We bring you a new generation from the football world, with a strong Tinsel Town connect.
Not only does Justin Combs also have a father who goes from Puff Daddy to P Diddy and Sean Combs to Diddy, but he is also the senior at UCLA, where Broadus has just landed. Justin is on a full football scholarship and plays as a defensive back. Since joining UCLA Bruins, he’s seen enough action on the field to rank him as 132 overall. And while most think he got his hotshot father to get him the team, the 21-year-old lashed out saying, “I went out the whole summer, I went to all the seven-on-sevens, all the college camps and I competed my b**t off. I made the most of the opportunity. I did this myself. No one did this but me.” Hopefully, we’ll soon see the two partner at games, and perhaps a collaboration between the fathers too!
John David Washington, scion of Denzel Washington was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2006, after successfully playing college football at Morehouse, where he set school-record in his senior year. He later signed with Rhein Fire for the NFL Europa League before joining California Redwoods (called Sacramento Mountain Lions). After four successful seasons there, the entire league folded and John quit professional football. But his heart is clearly still in the game, as he now plays a jock on the TV show Ballers, starring Dwayne Johnson as coach. Maybe his father could give Johnson a few tips after his brilliant performance in Remember The Titans.
Living on a prayer
Jesse James Bongiovi has Jon Bon Jovi for a father, and the music world would have welcomed him even if he didn’t sing! But the Notre Dame recruit went his own way and found a place as cornerback on the squad. While he missed his debut in 2014 due to a torn ligament, he is expected to return this year. Describing Bongiovi as a “a tough kid” after he made the team, coach Brian Kelly said, “The kids really like him. They respect him. They don’t look at him as a rock star’s son but a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team.” Incidentally, the team used to play Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer in the fourth quarter even before the lead singer’s son ended up with them — a tradition they’ll surely carry forward now!
Marley and me
Nico Marley’s father Rohan may not be a big celebrity, but the great Bob Marley’s iconic status gets him on this list. While Rohan was quite impressive on the University of Miami teams in the 90s, Nico known for his speed, tenacity and toughness, played for Fort Lauderdale and made 68 passes last season. Now a line backer with Tulane despite his smallish build, he continues to impress. Coach Curtis Johnson says, “Nico Marley is my starter because he’s active, he can bring it and he’s a very, very smart young man. I love him. I love his attitude and his enthusiasm.’
While his father goes from being Snoop Dog to Snoop Lion and back, Cordell Broadus, has aspirations to play in the NFL. And if the betting systems are any indication, then in a few years, Super Bowl will feature this youngster. The star wide receiver for his high school Bishop Gorman, the number one football team in USA, Broadus is ranked 134 overall and the 13th best player in his position according to ESPN’s documentary Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream, which aired recently. Last week, he signed on with UCLA, despite his father’s loyalty to rivals USC. We’re sure Daddy Lion is roaring at that!