Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Football families

Football families are in every state, every city, but there are a few households where the pigskin just happens to be not only in the genes, but at the dinner table. Here's a few football families of the modern era that have become household words (no pun intended).
This Shreveport, Louisiana family first hit radar screens across the South when as a junior, Josh Booty became LSU's primary quarterback in 1999. It marked the second Booty on the roster for LSU, Josh's brother Abram was a receiver. That year Abram only caught 26 for 374 yards and 2 touchdowns, second only to Jerel Myers' 854 yards. Booty's best game was LSU's 23-42 loss to #25 Ole Miss, catching 5 passes for 86 yards and 2 touchdowns.The Shreveport area had known about the Bootys for some time.
Abram, at Evangel Christian Academy, had 5,867 receiving yards and 83 receiving touchdowns, setting the national high school record.
Brother Josh also excelled in baseball as a shortstop. He is currently a free agent after being waived by the Oakland Raiders. As quarterback in high school, he threw for 11,700 yards and 126 touchdowns, becoming the first high school player in history to throw for more than 10,000 yards (all this despite missing the last four games of his senior year due to a broken hand).
As a result of his performance Booty was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year and was named the National High School Player of the Year by at least six associations, including Parade and the Football News.As a shortstop, he was a four-time All-State choice. As a senior, he batted .429 with 20 walks. He was also the starting shortstop for the U.S. Junior Olympic National Team that won the silver medal. He was the 5th pick overall in the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins. Then there's kid brother and current USC quarterback John David Booty. He is believed to be the first player ever to leave high school a whole year early to play college football.

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Payton Manning and his younger brother Eli are both star in the NFL. But as kids, the Manning boys had oldest brother Cooper as a target. Cooper, a wide receiver, went to Mississippi but never played a game for the Rebels. A spinal cord disorder left him prone to serious injury. Before that misfortune, Cooper, then a senior at New Orleans Newman High, caught 80 passes from Peyton. Cooper was an all-state receiver twice.

The Faulk brood
Kevin Faulk was highly sought when he came out of Carencro High School in Carencro, Louisiana in 1993. At Carencro, Faulk rushed for 4,877 yards on 603 carries (8.1 yards per carry).
At LSU, Faulk rushed for 4,557 yards in 41 games, which was 2nd best in SEC history behind the legendary Herschel Walker of Georgia (5,259 yards in 33 games).
Although they can't discern immediate bloodlines the Kevin and Marshall Faulk are no doubt related somewhere down the line.
Marshall came to national prominence in one game where he ran all over the University of the Pacific in just his second collegiate start. In 37 carries, he racked up 386 yards and scored seven touchdowns, both NCAA records for a freshman, and built on this performance throughout the year. Faulk was drafted 2nd overall in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, who were in desperate need of a running game. Faulk responded by rushing for 1,282 yards, 11 touchdowns, but was traded to the St. Louis Rams for two low draft picks after 4 years. In this offense he put up some of the best all-purpose numbers in the history of the NFL.

The Clausen boys of California are unique in that they all are quarterbacks. The eldest is Casey Clausen who in 2000 entered the collegiate world by played his first game for the Tennessee Volunteers, going 12-of-15 for 133 yards and three touchdowns in a 70-3 romp of Louisiana-Monroe.
As Casey went to the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, brother Rick Clausen joined the LSU Tigers as a freshman and was on the squad when LSU upsets the Vols 31-20 in the SEC championship. Their younger brother Jimmy Clausen has caused the Clausen name to be uttered anew as the freshly miinted quarterback at Notre Dame. Jiimmy came to college football with several accolades, one of which is that he's never lost a game he's started (42-0 in high school).
He also holds the California state record for careeer touchdowns (144).

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