Archie Manning (Ole Miss) and Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Eli Manning (Ole Miss)
Background: No bonus points for guessing the Mannings, the most famous father-son QB connection in not only the SEC but all of football. There’s no need to go through too many details, but… Archie Manning passed for 4,753 yards in three seasons with the Rebels, twice placed in the top four of Heisman Trophy voting and played 14 seasons in the NFL. Peyton Manning set still-intact Tennessee records for passing touchdowns and yards, finished in the top 10 of Heisman voting three times (including a still-debated second place in 1997), made first-team All-Pro seven times, earned five NFL MVP selections, played in 14 Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls. And Eli Manning set the Ole Miss records for passing yards and touchdowns, followed his older brother as a No. 1 overall draft pick, won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and is still going after 14 years in the NFL. If Bo Nix has anywhere near that level of success, Auburn fans will have cause to celebrate.
Phil Simms (Morehead State) and Matt Simms (Tennessee)
Background: In 15 years with the New York Giants, Phil Simms passed for more than 33,000 yards and played on two Super Bowl-winning teams after joining the NFC East power as a barely-known first-round draft pick from Morehead State. Although he didn’t have direct SEC ties, his son Matt certainly did. After originally enrolling at Louisville, Matt Simms transferred to junior college and then enrolled at Tennessee. He played extensively in 2010, completing 113 of 195 passes for 1,460 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions, but his inconsistency eventually led head coach Derek Dooley to replace him with Tyler Bray. Technically still active in the NFL, Matt Simms even got a taste of the Super Bowl last year as a practice squad member with the Falcons during Atlanta’s meltdown and loss to the New England Patriots.
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