Famous Athletes With More Than 5 Kids

Famous Athletes With More Than 5 Kids

Famous athletes often live a double life – one that revolves around sports and one that revolves around family. Their life in sports is well-documented as the public bears witness to every little detail of their playing career. It’s talked about, admired, analyzed, and even speculated upon. 

With that said, their life outside of sports receives little attention and often gets overshadowed by the fame and glory. Sure, social media has made it much easier to follow your favorite athletes, but there are still a lot of famous athletes that fall under the radar and maintain a private lifestyle.

That’s why it might surprise us when we learn little bits and pieces of an athlete’s life outside of sports – especially in regards to how many children they have. Some famous athletes have more than others – and some have even more than that – so prepare to be amazed. 

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Which Famous Athletes Have More Than 5 Kids?

Famous Athletes With More Than 5 Kids
via Mike Tyson’s Instagram (@miketyson)

There’s nothing easy about having children, but there’s a little extra pressure on famous athletes with the entire world watching your every move. And while some people think having one child is more than enough, there are some famous athletes that have fathered more than five children. 

Some famous athletes have more than five kids with one woman, while other famous athletes have multiple baby mama’s. Some are happily married to the mother of their children, while others have moved on. Everyone has their own story and it’s one most people won’t see. 

You’ll recognize a majority of the names we’re about to list and they might even be your favorite player, but you’ll likely be shocked to learn how many children they have – especially since some go into the double digits. Don’t worry, we’re going to break it all down for you below. 

20. Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis is a former NFL player and current Hall of Famer that has fathered six children with four different women. He has two daughters – Diaymon and Kaitlin – and four sons – Ray Lewis III, Rayshaan, Rayshad, and Ralin. All three of his sons play football, but none in the NFL yet. 

Lewis was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens with the 26th overall pick in 1996. He spent his entire 17-year playing career with the team and is regarded as one of the greatest linebackers of all-time. He holds the record for most career solo tackles (1,568) and combined tackles (2,059). 

19. Kenny Anderson

Kenny Anderson is a former NBA player and one-time NBA All-Star that has fathered seven children with four different women. The 51-year-old is currently married to his wife, Natasha Anderson, and they’re raising one of his sons, Kenny Anderson Jr., and her daughter. 

Anderson was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the second overall pick in 1991. He spent 14 years in the NBA, but struggled to stay with one team for a long time. He never lived up to his draft status and was playing overseas by the end of his career, which eventually came in 2006.

18. Shawn Kemp

Shawn Kemp is a former NBA player and six-time All-Star that has fathered seven children with six different women – including two sons that played college basketball. Shawn Kemp Jr. played for the University of Washington and Jamon Kemp played for Southeastern Louisiana University.

Kemp was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics with the 17th overall pick in 1989. He spent the first eight years of his career with the team before enjoying stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Orlando Magic. He averaged 14.6 points per game in 1,051 games. 

17. Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner is a former NFL player and current Hall of Famer who has fathered seven children – Kade, Elijah, Sierra Rose, Sienna Rae, Jada Jo, Zachary, and Jesse Jo – with his wife Brenda Carney Meoni. Kurt Warner adopted Zachary and Jesse Jo from Brenda’s past relationship. 

Warner was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994, but didn’t make the team and had to wait four years before making his first NFL appearance. He would go on to play 12 seasons in the NFL, winning two MVP awards and a Super Bowl championship. 

16. Dan Marino

Dan Marino is a former NFL player and current Hall of Fame football player that has fathered seven children with two women. He has six children with his wife, Claire D. Veazey, and one child with a former CBS employee Donna Savattere that was kept private until recently. 

Marino was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 27th overall pick in 1983. He spent his entire 17-year career with the team, leading them to a 147-93 record and throwing for 61,361 yards, 420 touchdowns, and 252 interceptions. He’s a one-time MVP and nine-time Pro Bowler. 

15. Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson

Chad ‘’Ochocinco’ Johnson is a former NFL player and six-time Pro Bowler that has fathered eight children with seven different women. He and his fiancée, Sharelle Rosado, welcomed their first child together in early January 2022 – Chad’s eighth child and Sharelle’s fourth child. 

Johnson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals early in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent 11 years in the NFL, 10 with the Bengals and one season with the Patriots before retiring in 2011. He finished his career with 766 receptions, 11,059 yards, and 67 touchdowns.

14. Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen is a former NBA player and current Hall of Fame basketball player that has fathered eight children with four different women. Two of his kids, Antron and Tyler, have passed away. Antron passed away in 2021 and Tyler passed away nine days after birth in 1994.

Pippen was drafted fifth overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1987, but was traded to the Chicago Bulls where he formed a dynasty with Michael Jordan. He’s a seven-time All-Star, six-time NBA champion, one-time steals champ, and 10-time All-Defensive player. 

13. Charles Rogers

Charles Rogers is a former NFL player and one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history that fathered eight children with four different women before dying of liver failure in 2019. Two of his children were born while Rogers was still in high school. He had a long history of legal issues.

Rogers was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in 2003. He was widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver in the draft, but only had 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns his rookie year. He struggled to keep up and was out of the league by 2006. 

12. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer and one of the greatest of all-time that has fathered eight children with four women. One of his daughters passed away tragically at the age of four and he considers one of his ex’s children, Gena, as his own. He’s married to Lakiha Spicer. 

Tyson finished his professional boxing career with a 50-6-2 record in 58 bouts – 44 of which ended in a knockout. He’s a two-time WBC heavyweight champion, two-time WBA heavyweight champion, one-time IBF heavyweight champion, and one-time The Ring heavyweight champion.

11. Vladimir Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero is a former MLB player and current Hall of Fame baseball player that has fathered eight children with five women. One of his children, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and he has three more sons that could make it to the MLB someday. 

Guerrero was signed by the Montreal Expos as a free agent in 1993 and made his MLB debut in 1996. He also had successful stints with the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles, and Texas Rangers. He hit 449 home runs in his career, was an MVP, and a Home Run Derby champion. 

10. Willie Anderson

Willie Anderson is a former NBA player and 1988-89 All-Rookie that has fathered nine children with seven different women. Despite earning millions throughout his playing career, Anderson struggled to keep up with child support payments and was frequently in debt to the IRS. 

Anderson was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 10th overall pick in 1988. He had an amazing rookie season with 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. Unfortunately, his career hit a downward spiral and he was never the same since. 

9. Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers is a former NFL quarterback and likely future Hall of Famer that has fathered nine children with his wife, Tiffany Rivers. The two were high school sweethearts that married in 2001 and have been together ever since. They might not stop at seven daughters and two sons. 

Rivers was drafted by the New York Giants, but was traded to the San Diego Chargers on draft day. He spent the next 16 years with the Chargers before finishing his career with one lone season in Indianapolis. He finished with 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns, and 134 wins. 

8. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is a former professional boxer and one of the greatest of all-time that has fathered nine children – seven daughters and two sons – with five different women. Several other people have come forward as his son or daughter, but those claims have been denied. 

Ali, who was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., finished his professional boxing career with a 56-5 record – 37 of those wins coming by way of knockout. One of his daughters, Laila Ali, had an incredible career in boxing and finished with a perfect 24-0 record – 21 wins by knockout. 

7. Jason Caffey

Jason Caffey is a former NBA player and two-time NBA champion that has fathered 10 children with eight different women. Despite making over $34 million in his playing career, he has struggled to keep up with child support payments and has a history of filing for bankruptcy. 

Caffey was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 20th overall pick in 1995 and won two titles with the team – thanks to Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Scottie Pippen. He then spent two and a half seasons with the Warriors and three seasons with the Bucks before retiring.

6. Willis McGahee

Willis McGahee is a former NFL player and two-time Pro Bowler that has fathered 10 children with nine different women. The last child was born in August 2014 and while there haven’t been any reports of any children since, who knows just how many the former running back has. 

McGahee was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 23rd overall pick in 2003. He had a productive 10-year career that included four seasons above 1,000 rushing yards and two seasons above 12 rushing touchdowns. He also won the 2004 PFWA Comeback Player of the Year award. 

5. Travis Henry

Speaking of former running backs drafted by the Buffalo Bills, Travis Henry was drafted by the team in the second round of the 2001 draft – two years before McGahee entered the league. Henry has fathered at least 11 children with 10 different women – he had nine kids by 2009. 

At one point, Henry owed as much as $170,000 per year in child support payments. Despite making several millions during his seven-year career in the NFL, he constantly complained of being broke and child support was a large reason why. He retired from football in 2007. 

4. Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield is a former professional boxer and one of the greatest of all-time that has fathered 11 children with six different women. Two of his children have embarked on careers as an athlete – Elijah Holyfield is in the NFL and Evan Holyfield is a boxer, just like his father. 

Holyfield is one of the all-time greats as the only boxer to win the undisputed championship in two different divisions – doing so in the cruiserweight division in the 1980s and the heavyweight division in the 1990s. He’s also well-known for having part of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson.

3. George Foreman

George Foreman is a former professional boxer and television personality that fathered 12 children – five sons and seven daughters (two of which were adopted). All five of his sons are named George for simplicity – George II, George III, George IV, George V, and George VI. 

Foreman finished his professional boxing career with a 76-5 record, 68 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He’s one of the all-time greats inside the ring, but made even more money as the face of the George Foreman Grill – which has earned him hundreds of millions of dollars. 

2. Calvin Murphy

Calvin Murphy is a former NBA player and current Hall of Fame basketball player that has fathered 14 children with nine different women. Although he has been at the center of several controversies regarding his children, he has never been charged with any crime or wrongdoing.

Murphy was drafted in the second round by the San Diego Rockets in 1970 and spent his entire 13-year career with the team. During that time, he averaged 17.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.5 steals in 1,002 games. He scored 25.2 points during the 1977-78 season.

1. Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie is a former NFL player and four-time Pro Bowler that has fathered 14 children with eight different women. He has been reported as paying over $300,000 in annual child support for eight of his children – the other six children were with his wife, Terricka Cason. 

Cromartie was drafted 19th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent 11 years in the NFL and played in 162 games, recording 417 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 117 passes defensed, 31 interceptions, and 5 touchdowns during that time. 

Which Famous Athletes Have Famous Children?

It’s clear that some famous athletes aren’t scared to add to their family tree, but very few famous athletes have children that follow in their footsteps and enjoy their taste of fame. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely happens from time to time, but not as much as you’d think. 

One famous athlete in particular has seen their child open the door to greatness with the sudden emergence of Trinity Rodman. The 19-year-old daughter of Dennis Rodman recently signed the biggest contract in NWSL history just a year after being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick.

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We also can’t wait to see Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, enter the NBA – which is bound to happen in a few years – and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s daughter, Simone Johnson, make her way into the WWE. There’s a lot to look forward to in the future, for sure!

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