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The best father-son combinations

The list of great father-son combinations in sports can run for pages.

The list of great father-son combinations in sports can run for pages.

Any serious list would have to include Archie Manning and his two Super Bowl winning sons, Peyton and Eli; baseball's Bobby and Barry Bonds, Ken and Junior Griffey, and the three-generation Boone family of Ray, Bob and Bret/Aaron.

There would be a slew of auto racing entries, including Lee and Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Dale, Jr., Mario and Michael Andretti and several generations of Unsers.

For a bit of variety, how about a father-daughter combination, like Muhammad and Laila Ali.

But the top father-son combination in sports might be Bobby and Brett Hull, a duo overlooked somewhat due to hockey's diminished status in the U.S.

The Hulls might be the only father-son combo in any professional sport to both have their numbers retired.

Bobby, along with Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard, was among the most feared forwards of the Original Six era that ended in 1967.

Brett, who retired in 2005, scored 741 goals. Only Wayne Gretzky and Howe have scored more.

Trivia time. Name the only quarterback to win two Super Bowls and not make the NFL Hall of Fame.

Funny numbers. That's funny as in humor, not funny as in weird.

According to numbers compiled by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Eagles have the best regular-season record in the NFC over the last 10 seasons, 97-64-1.

The Birds are followed by a three-way tie among the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; then by Seattle, St. Louis, Minnesota and Chicago.

The Dallas Cowboys are 79-81 in the last 10 years, tied for ninth with Carolina.

Trivia answer. Jim Plunkett won Super Bowls after the 1980 and 1983 seasons with the Oakland Raiders but is not in the NFL Hall of Fame. Ironically, neither is Ken Stabler, the other Super Bowl-winning QB for the Raiders, who won the championship after the 1976 season.