If you don't think small children can be NFL-ready football players, you haven't seen T.Y. Hilton's son.
A video came out this weekend of Eugene Hilton Jr., T.Y.'s 4-year-old son, working a bunch of kids in a flag football game. Watch Eugene reverse the field then juke a defender out of his shoes and then tell me he's not ready for the big-time right now.
OK, so maybe his size would be an issue, but he's definitely a sports kid to keep an eye on in the future.
Pro athletes' kids get a lot of advantages that other kids don't. For one, they have at least one parent athlete enough to play pro sports, so there's definitely some good genes at work. But they also have wisdom imparted on them by someone who's played sports at the highest possible level. So it's no surprise that we often hear about the kid of a pro excelling in sports, too. Let's take a look at 10 kids of athletes who are forging their own paths in the sports world.
I can already tell this list is gonna make me feel very freakin' old.
He may not have the height of his dad, Shaq, but at 6-foo-8, Shareef is more than big enough to hold his own in college ball and maybe one day in the NBA. The class of 2018 prospect has committed to Arizona, so we've still gotta wait a bit to see him in college. But, man, it's going to fun to see another O'Neal tear it up in the post.
The son of Manute Bol, is 7-foot-1 and considered one of the best bigs in his class. Bol is considering a slew of top programs, including Arizona. It's possible we see an O'Neal-Bol frontcourt at Arizona starting fall of 2018. Fingers crossed.
LeBron James Jr.
With a name like LeBron James Jr., a lot will be expected of you. Junior is only 12 right now, but he's already showing off the kind of skills that has made his dad one of the best to ever play the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr.
Just like LeBron Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo's son, Cristiano Jr., has quite a name to live up to. He's doing well so far. Just last week, Ronaldo shared an Instagram video of Junior nailing a free kick, and even using his father's trademark pose before the run-up.
The daughter of former NBA center Shawn Bradley opted to play volleyball instead of basketball, and it's paying off. A 6-foot-4 high school senior this season, Bradley will continue her career in college at Washington State.
The son of Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla is a bit of a cult figure to Arsenal fans. Fans fell in love with him after they saw video of him celebrating with his father after Spain's Euro 2012 victory. Since then, video of him schooling other children of Arsenal players as a 5-year-old hint that he may have potential more than just the cutest darn kid you ever did see.
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The daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, is the only athlete on this list who's already seen some success outside of just school sports. As a high jumper, Cunningham made the U.S. Olympic team at just 18 years old.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Just like his dad, Vlad Jr. can mash some dingers. The 18-year-old is playing for the Blue Jays Single-A affiliate Lansing Lugnuts this season and batting .348/.459/.565 with three homers. But to get a full taste of his power, here's a video from a few years ago of him jacking 33 homers in 60 swings in a derby.
Sons of former NFL QBs who play the position will always be at a premium, and the son of Brad Johnson looks like a good one. A 6-foot-4 lefty, the rising high school sophomore from Watkinsville, Ga., already has the measurables that NFL scouts drool over. And he's getting looks from every major college program in the country, with offers from FSU, Auburn, LSU and Georgia already on the table, so expect to see him playing on Saturdays in a few years, and possibly on Sundays a few years after that.
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Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.