Jayson Tatum is one of the many pro athletes out there that are juggling a double life – one as an athlete and one as a young father. Tatum and his girlfriend, who have been dating since high school, welcomed their first child – Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr. – on December 6, 2017.
Tatum’s son is turning five years old this year and has gone viral on several occasions during the Boston Celtics’ playoff run. It has caused Tatum to open up about being a young father, while also being one of the greatest young basketball players in the NBA – Tatum is just 24 years old.
“I’m around him every day. I think being able to go through this journey together, because I was 19 when I got drafted, it’s kind of like we’re growing up together,” said Tatum on being a young father. “Experiencing this together as we grow up … I think it’s the coolest part for me.”
Other Athletes That Enjoy Being a Young Father
Aside from being a young father, Jayson Tatum has already led his team to the Conference Finals twice and is two wins away from a title in his fifth season. He has averaged 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game – but those numbers will continue to rise.
Tatum isn’t the only pro athlete that’s enjoying his time as a young father. Every year, we see a new wave of pro athletes welcome children – some for the first time, others not so much. It’s something we’re always looking forward to as athletes start a new chapter in their busy life.
While not all pro athletes are open about their personal life and some are more private about their families than others, we’re going to take a look at 20 pro athletes that are doubling as a young father. Some of the athletes might surprise you, but others you’ll expect to see on the list.
20. Trae Young
Trae Young is 23 years old and recently became a father in June 2022 – he and his fiance gave birth to a baby boy named Tydus Reign Young. The arrival came not long after Young’s fourth season in the NBA came to an end. He has established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Over the past four seasons, Young has averaged 25.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. He’s a two-time All-Star and was part of the 2021-22 All-NBA team. During the 2020-21 season, he led the Atlanta Hawks to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
19. Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford is a 34-year-old father of four daughters with his wife Kelly Stafford – she gave birth to daughters in 2017, a daughter in 2018, and another daughter in 2020. When his daughters were born, Stafford was still a member of the Detroit Lions – remember those days?
Stafford is currently the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams and led them to a Super Bowl win in his first season with the team last season. Over his illustrious 13-year career, Stafford has recorded an 86-95-1 record, 49,995 yards, 323 touchdowns, and 161 interceptions.
18. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is a 30-year-old father to two daughters – one born in 2015 from a previous relationship and one he had in 2021 with his fiance Marlene Wilkerson. Irving and Wilkerson released a YouTube video of their memories and journey through pregnancy for all to see.
Irving just finished his 11th season in the NBA and while he struggles to stay on the court for long stretches of games, he’s explosive when he’s out there. Over his career, he averages 23.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He’s a seven-time All-Star.
17. Van Jefferson
Van Jefferson is a 25-year-old father to two sons and one daughter – one of the sons is from a previous relationship and the other two children are with his wife Samaria Jefferson. The couple made headlines when their son was born moments after Jefferson won the 2022 Super Bowl.
Jefferson is a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams – he receives passes from another athlete on this list, Matthew Stafford. He was a second round draft pick in 2020 and has recorded 1,022 yards and 7 touchdowns off 69 receptions over the past two seasons.
16. David de Gea
David de Gea is a 31-year-old father to one daughter with his Spanish wife, Edurne Almagro. The two welcomed their daughter on March 4, 2021 and she just turned one year old a few months ago. He is absolutely loving his new life as a father and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
de Gea is currently the goalkeeper for Manchester United in the Premier League and Spain’s national team. He has played in 606 career senior matches and turned in 198 clean sheets in those performances. Other than Manchester United, he has also played for Atletico Madrid.
15. Tre’Davious White
Tre’Davious White is a 27-year-old father to two sons with his wife Ikea Perrier. The couple made headlines after White was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Just a few days after the draft, they welcomed their second son, Tre’Davious Jr.
White has now been in the league for five years – though this past season got cut short due to a torn ACL he suffered on Thanksgiving Day. He has established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL with 16 interceptions and 60 passes defensed over the past five years.
14. Joey Logano
Joey Logano is a 32-year-old father to two sons and one daughter with his wife Brittany Baca. The two were childhood sweethearts and married on December 13, 2014. They welcomed their two sons in 2018 and 2020 before finally having their first daughter recently in February 2022.
Logano has been racing in the NASCAR Cup Series for 15 years – his first race was in 2008, his first win was in 2009, and his latest win was in 2022. He has accumulated 29 wins, 247 top tens, and 23 poles in the Cup Series. He also has 30 wins and 143 top tens in the Xfinity Series.
13. Draymond Green
Draymond Green is a 32-year-old father to four children – a son and daughter from a previous relationship with Jelissa Hardy, and two daughters with his wife Hazel Renee (one of which is Renee’s from a previous relationship). He’s open about his love and admiration for his children.
Green is currently one win away from his fourth NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors. He has been with the team for 10 years now and has averaged 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. He’s a former Defensive POY.
12. Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro is a 22-year-old father to one daughter with his girlfriend Katya Elise Henry. They made the announcement in June 2021 and the baby was born in September 2021. Following the birth of the baby, Herro went on to have his best year as a pro and won Sixth Man of the Year.
With three seasons under his belt, Herro is averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.6 steals per game with the Miami Heat. Despite primarily playing off the bench, he put up over 20 points per game for the first time in 2021-22 – adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
11. Tom Brady
Tom Brady is a 44-year-old father of two sons and one daughter – he had one son with Bridget Moynahan before having a son and daughter with his wife Gisele Bundchen. He has always shown love and affection for his children and always makes it a point to spend time with them.
Brady has recently come out of a brief retirement and will enter his 23rd season in the league – 20 with the Patriots and his third with the Buccaneers. He’s a seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP with a 243-73 record, 84,520 passing yards, and 624 passing touchdowns.
10. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 27-year-old father to two sons with his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger. They welcomed their first son – Liam Charles – in February 2020 and their second son – Maverick Shai – in August 2021. He loves his new role as a father athlete.
Antetokounmpo just finished his ninth season in the league and has already accomplished so much in his young career. He averages 21.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s a back-to-back MVP winner, NBA Champion, and Finals MVP.
9. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is a 33-year-old father to one son and twin daughters with his wife Nina Earl. The couple engaged in 2014 and married in 2015. They welcomed their son, Noah, in 2017 and their twin daughters, Skye and Jordan, in 2018. Westbrook takes his role as a father seriously.
Westbrook just completed his 14th season in the league and first with the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his career, he has averaged 22.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He’s a nine-time All-Star, one-time MVP, and even led the league in scoring twice.
8. Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a 29-year-old father to one son, Zayn, which he and his partner, Lauren Wood, welcomed on February 17, 2022. The birth came just four days after OBJ won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Los Angeles Rams – he was acquired midway through the year.
OBJ is still recovering from an injury he suffered in the Super Bowl, but scoring a touchdown and winning that game were two of the greatest highlights of his career. Through eight seasons in the NFL, Beckham Jr. has 531 receptions, 7,367 receiving yards, and 56 touchdowns.
7. Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton is a 23-year-old father to one son, Deandre Obinna Ayton Jr., with his girlfriend Anissa Evans. The two welcomed their son on March 6, 2021 and he stole the show throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs this year – sharing a lot of moments with teammate Devin Booker.
Ayton just finished his fourth season in the league and has been a consistent anchor down low for the Phoenix Suns. He has averaged 16.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. There’s a lot of talk that the Suns might try to move him this offseason.
6. CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum is a 30-year-old father to one son, Jacobi James, with his wife Elise McCollum. The couple engaged in 2018, married in 2020, and welcomed their son on January 10, 2022. So far, CJ is loving this new opportunity to raise his son with the woman he loves so dearly.
McCollum just finished his ninth season in the NBA and it was one that saw him traded to the New Orleans Pelicans mid-season. It went well as he made the playoffs with his new team and the franchise is on the up-and-up. McCollum will continue to lead the team in the near future.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a 37-year-old father to five children – one he had with Irina Shayk, twins he had via surrogacy, and two with his current wife Georgina Rodriguez. The couple actually had three children together, but one of their sons (a twin) passed away during childbirth in 2022.
Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all-time and has played in 933 career matches for Sporting CP, Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. He has 698 goals and 230 assists as a senior, adding another 117 goals in 128 appearances with Portugal’s national team.
4. LeBron James
LeBron James is a 37-year-old father to two sons, Bronny and Bryce, and one daughter, Zhuri, with his wife and high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. He has always been a huge supporter of his children and is watching his sons follow in his footsteps as a basketball player.
James just completed his 19th season in the NBA and has established his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time. He’s a four-time champion, four-time MVP, four-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, six-time All-Defensive, 18-time All-NBA, and former Rookie of the Year.
3. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is a 34-year-old father of two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and one son, Canon, with his wife Ayesha Curry. His children frequently make appearances at press conferences and are often seen courtside watching their father hit threes better than anyone who ever lived.
Curry is currently one win away from his fourth championship in his 13th season with the Golden State Warriors. He’s an eight-time All-Star, two-time scoring champ, two-time MVP, eight-time All-NBA, and even led the league in steals once. He’s one of the greatest of all-time.
2. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is a 26-year-old is a father to one daughter and is expecting a second child later this year with his wife Brittany Mahomes. The couple engaged in September 2020, had their daughter in 2021, married in March 2022, and announced their second child shortly after.
Mahomes has only been in the league five years, but has already accomplished so much. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, MVP, Super Bowl champ, and Super Bowl MVP. He has a 50-13 record, 18,991 passing yards, 151 passing touchdowns, 37 interceptions, and eight rushing TDs.
1. Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson is a 33-year-old father to one son and one daughter with his wife, Ciara Wilson. He’s also a stepfather to Ciara’s son with hip-hop artist, Future. Russell takes his role as father and stepfather very seriously and loves spending a ton of quality time with each of his children.
Wilson just finished his 10th season with the Seattle Seahawks, but was traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason in what was a much-needed change of scenery. Wilson is searching for his second Super Bowl victory after doing so with Seattle in 2013 – his second year in the NFL
Juggling Between Young Father and Athlete Isn’t Easy
Being a professional athlete isn’t easy – it takes a lot of hard work, practice, talent, dedication, and time. You not only have to perform well as a child, but you have to spark the interest of a college, continue your solid play, and eventually catch the eye of a professional sports team.
By the time most athletes turn professional, they’re still teenagers and young adults. As they continue their career, they start gaining more responsibilities at home – especially when they decide to get married and start a family. At that point, finding a good work-life balance is crucial.
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Juggling life as a young father and a pro athlete – no matter what sport you’re in – is never easy and we have a great respect for those that find a way to make it work. Just because athletes are wealthy and famous doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have healthy relationships with their children!
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