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    Rob Ninkovich
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    Maybe. It doesn't hurt. But BB passed on Clay Matthews and Cameron Jordan, among others.
     
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    I got really excited there for a minute, but a google search revealed nothing. Well done.
     
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    Woah. What's the takeaway? Athleticism is a genetic trait. Crazy.
     
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    Ninkovich isn't even Russian. He's Croatian.
     
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    I don't know about the "athletic bloodlines" part...it stands to reason that elite athletes tend to come from athletic families, I image you'd find that on every team.

    But I have always had the impression that BB likes guys who grew up in football families -- steeped in the game from birth, as he was himself. It's part of the well-established "football is important to him" criterion.

    For instance, I think that Ryan Mallett being the son of a coach is an underappreciated factor. For all his much-reported flaws, Mallett is a football lifer.
     
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    that's what made him so legendary
     
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    Not nearly as much.

    Gronk and Chandler Jones alone belong to two of the most athletic families in America.




    Agree. Just knowing a player grew up in a football family and that its important to them. They are in for the long haul and won't quit once they get a pay check
     
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    Presumably when his family emigrated, someone (possibly an immigration agent at Ellis Island) decided that a name ending with a "ch" sound shouldn't end with a "c," and changed it to "ch."
     
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    Ignatius Gronkowski. I just love that name.
     
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    deleted incorrect content
     
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    Hmm...Peyton & Eli Manning, Clay & Casey Matthews, Kellen Winslow II, Mark Ingram and Chris Long all come immediately to mind, and I'm sure there are a great many more.
     
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    I read they were on draft weekend I'll try to look and see.


    Looks like you are right my bad.
     
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    They aren't AFAIK.

    Ive been a Jon Bones Jones fan for a few years and never heard of any relation to Deacon Jones.

    Basically, 1 guy said it on PatsFans and everyone believed him and ran with it.


    I haven't seen any credible source that has confirmed it. So its Bull**** as far as Im concerned.
     
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    I heard it on the radio on draft day, I think that's where the rumor started
     
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    Hernandez father was a player, and his brother coaches qb's at Brown..

    there are a few more than those listed..

    It is more than a coincidence.. it is a trend.
     
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    Marshall Faulk and Kevin Faulk are second cousins. But I know that is stretching it a bit.
     
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