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Regardless of which Harbaugh brings home the Lombardi Trophy this Sunday, the family will make history. Jim, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, are the first brothers ever to face off as head coaches in the Super Bowl. But they aren’t the only sports siblings to do battle on the pitch. Here are nine other famous family feuds:
Venus and Serena Williams
With eight Olympic gold medals and 90 career titles between them, Venus and Serena dominate women’s tennis. They play as a pair in doubles tournaments, but in singles competition, it’s every Williams for herself. The sisters have met in eight Grand Slam matches so far, and their current head-to-head record is 13-10, in favor of Serena.
Peyton and Eli Manning
The most well-known football family rivalry has to be the New York Giants’ Eli Manning vs. Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning. The brothers have faced off twice during regular season play with Peyton winning both rounds. Still, Eli gets extra points for his two Super Bowl rings to Peyton’s one.
Justin and BJ Upton
After playing on competing teams for years, Justin and BJ Upton are finally wearing the same uniform. A seven-man trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves reunited Justin with his older brother this past January.
Bob and Mike Bryan
The Bryan twins are best known for their success as partners on the tennis court, but they also compete head to head in the mixed doubles category at the US Open.
Joe, Vince, and Dom Dimaggio
Joe may be the most recognizable name of the group, but all three Dimaggio boys played major league ball – and the same position at that. Vince played center field for the Boston Bees and Cincinnati Reds, while Joe and Dom spent their entire careers in fierce rivalry for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Eric, Marc, Jordan, and Jared Staal
The Staal brothers are a tight knit group, but that doesn’t keep them from playing rough on the ice. All four play professionally, solidifying the Staal family as an NHL dynasty.
Vitali and Wladimir Klitchko
Direct competition proves too intense for the Klitchko brothers. These Ukrainian boxers dominate the world heavyweight division, but they refuse to fight against one another. Just imagine the rough-housing these two must have gotten up to as kids.
Kurt and Kyle Busch
The history of NASCAR is littered with family feuds, but no rivalry is quite like the Busch brothers. Kurt and Kyle have 24 titles each, and have caused pileups just to keep the other brother from winning.
Tiki and Ronde Barber
The Barber twins both played college ball at the University of Virginia, but went their separate ways when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Ronde and the New York Giants took Tiki in 1997.