Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The "Personal" section - famous relatives

One of my favorite things about the extremely tedious job of writing player profiles is looking to see if anyone has had any relatives play college or professional sports. Often, there are links to other players playing at the NCAA Division I level or athletes' parents played college ball, but every once in a while there are some that really stand out. A couple of years ago, Chris and Desmond Sanders played football at McMurry and are cousins to LaDanian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers. Earlier this season, we pointed out that former McMurry receiver Rae'Shaud Lemon was related to Meadowlark Lemon, the former Harlem Globetrotter, and that tight end Delfonte Diamond's uncle is former NBA great Karl Malone. Today I ran across Kyla Hutson's bio (you'll have to click on her name from the roster) for the women's basketball team. She is a freshman from Celina High School. Likely, her grandfather's cousin was Jerry Mays (pictured) who was a former all-American football player for Southern Methodist University and went on to play in the AFL (before the NFL) for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mays played in two Super Bowls on the offensive line and is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

It's a small world afterall.

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