There’s something so heartwarmingly rad about seeing a sports star’s kids cheer them on to victory during a game, and the NFL seems to be a hotbed for enthusiastically supportive families.
In addition to being one of the league’s greatest quarterbacks of his generation, Patrick Mahomes is the apple of his two kids’ eyes. Sterling has been proudly cheering on her daddy for years now — always wearing the cutest little Kansas City Chiefs-themed outfits alongside her mama, Brittany — and baby Bronze has already experienced his first football game at just over one month old.
And while football was what ultimately led to his divorce from supermodel Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady‘s three kids are super supportive of his ongoing NFL career. In fact, the quarterback’s eldest son Jack, whom he shares with actress Bridget Moynahan, seems to be pursuing his own career in football.
Tom Brady and his son, Jack, might have a shared interest in football. The quarterback took to Instagram to show off Jack’s natural athletic prowess. https://t.co/9LCF0Baaet
— SheKnows (@SheKnows) April 13, 2022
Brady shared on his Let’s Go! podcast, “I think one of the great highlights of my life is watching him play and him grow and develop … I love watching him kind of dig deep and especially [play] team sports.” He noted that he “never imagined” his kids would play the game, “So getting out there and watching him play has been so much fun for me.” Brady added, “And I don’t give a sh*t how well he does. I just love watching him and seeing him enjoy it with his friends. And, you know, the camaraderie at a young age.”
Read on for more adorable moments in which NFL babies proved themselves as their football-playing papas’ biggest fans.
Patrick Mahomes & Sterling & Bronze
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes rarely goes a Sunday without his babies on the sidelines. His wife Brittany always has the cutest Chiefs-themed outfits on deck for their littles, and she frequently documents their team spirit on her Instagram — like this cute matching moment between Sterling and Bronze, for example.
Russell Wilson & Future, Sienna, & Win
In addition to cheering him on from the sidelines during regular season games, Russell Wilson’s three kids joined him for a preseason family practice with the Denver Broncos in 2022. The quarterback shared a few snaps from the outing on his Instagram, and Future, Sienna, and Win all look like they had so much fun spending the day “at work” with daddy.
Tom Brady & Jack, Benjamin, & Vivian
During a 2022 episode of the Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray podcast, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said of his daughter Vivian, “She is my number one cheerleader, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The dad of three also shared a text conversation between him and his younger son, Benjamin, the same year — the proud kid told his dad to “Go do what you do best” and “Kick some butt” ahead of Brady’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Drue Tranquill & Elijah, Anna, & Mackenzie
Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill shares three kids with his wife Jackie, and they frequently cheer daddy on from the sidelines in the most adorable Chargers-themed outfits.
Tranquill’s newest baby, Mackenzie, experienced her first Chargers game at the end of 2022 when she was just three weeks old — a precious moment documented by mom on Instagram — and his eldest kids, Elijah and Anna, are even more familiar with cheering on their dad on the football field.
Van Jefferson & Bella, Vanchi, & Champ
Not many dads can say their child was born the day they won the Super Bowl, but LA Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson can! He and his wife Samaria welcomed their second child together on Super Bowl Sunday in 2022, and on more ordinary Sundays, Samaria and the kids can usually be found on the sidelines cheering their favorite player on to victory.
Jason Kelce & Elliotte & Wyatt
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce’s number one fan lives in his house. The NFL player shared a video on Instagram in 2023 following the Eagles’ win against the New York Giants, in which his youngest daughter Wyatt is yelling “E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles, yay!” while laying down in her crib.
Kelce hilariously captioned the post, “Apparently Wyatt is pretty pumped about the Eagles win last night too. Woke up to her singing the entire fight song this morning in her crib.” The team reshared the video on the Eagles’ account, captioning it, “Jason Kelce raising ’em RIGHT 😂.”
Eric Decker & Vivianne, Eric Jr., & Forrest
While Eric Decker retired from the NFL in 2018 to spend more time with his wife, country music singer Jessie James Decker, and their kids, Vivianne, Eric Jr., and Forrest, the proud papa’s babies frequently cheered him on from the sidelines — and sometimes even on the field — during his football days.
These days, it’s Eric Jr. who’s being cheered on by his pro footballer dad — Decker shared in a 2021 post on Instagram, “The older my oldest son Eric ll gets, the more questions and excitement and love for the game he gets. He wears Jess’s old jerseys everyday (because they fit him) and he makes sure to inform me of what’s going on every Monday, Thursday and Sunday. It’s fun to reminisce and see the excitement in my boys eyes! He loves the game already just as much as I did as his age. Pretty cool dad moments.”
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