There have been a lot of famous football families over the years. The Mannings represent the quarterbacks. The Colquits have your punting needs covered. Need a big mean defensive stud, call the Geathers family. The Harbaughs and Bowdens can shore up the coaching. This is just a few of the many football families to leave their mark on the NCAA and NFL. There is a new bloodline making noise in college football, the Chubbs. Cousins Nick and Bradley Chubb are both on a path to possible All-American status this season, and long careers in the NFL.
The Chubb Family Lineage
Bradley, now a senior at N.C. State, isn’t the first ACC player in his family. His older brother Brandon Chubb was a linebacker at Wake Forest from 2012-15. Brandon amassed 325 career tackles while playing for the Demon Deacons, and was named All-ACC honorable mention as a junior. He is currently a member of the Detroit Lions. Their father Aaron Chubb was a starting linebacker and defensive end for Georgia in the 1980s. He finished in the top 20 in Bulldog history in tackles, and was drafted by the New England Patriots.
Nick Chubb is putting his name in the Georgia record books this season. His father, Henry, was part of Valdosta State’s first football program in 1982. He led the Blazers in rushing over the next two years with 1,143 yards at 5.2 yards per carry. Nick’s half-brother Henry II played at Troy for two seasons before transferring to Georgia Southern. His other brother Zach signed to play with the Air Force Academy out of high school, but saw his career hampered by injuries.
Wolfpack Sack Master
Bradley Chubb was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in North Carolina. After playing sparingly as a freshman, he has become a mainstay on the N.C. State defensive line. He had the third highest single season sack total in school history with 10 as a junior. Through seven games in 2017, he already has seven sacks and 13 tackles for loss. The 16th ranked Wolfpack is led by its defensive line, with Chubb being the standout. He had multiple sacks in wins over Florida State and Syracuse earlier this season. For his career, he has six such games.
His 21.5 career sacks currently ranks fifth in N.C. State history, and he has a chance to pass Mario Williams for the school record. The Wolfpack are in the midst of one of their best season in quite a while. Bradley Chubb leads the ACC in sacks, and is tied for sixth nationally. He is well on his way to becoming an All-American this season, and will likely be selected high in next spring’s NFL draft.
Georgia starter Todd Gurley was injured five games into a Heisman campaign in 2014. Then freshman Nick Chubb stepped in an exploded onto the scene. He rushed for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. This is despite only being the featured back in the last eight games. After beginning the 2015 season with five straight games of 120 yards or more, his season was ended by injury at Tennessee. Chubb ran for 747 yards and seven scores in those five games. He worked his way back to health as a junior and finished the year with 100 plus yards in three of the last four contests. One of his three career 200-yard games came in the opener against North Carolina.
Nick Chubb decided to come back for his senior year in Athens, and Bulldog fans are still reveling in that decision. He has three hundred yard games in 2017, and four games with multiple touchdowns. The Georgia Bulldogs once again have a loaded backfield with talented players like Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift backing up Chubb. This means the senior from Cedartown, GA doesn’t have to carry the load by himself. He has not had more than 16 carries in a game so far this season. Still, his 688 yards leads the SEC.
Nick Chubb stands second all-time in rushing yards and touchdowns at Georgia behind only the great Herschel Walker. He currently has 4,112 career rushing yards, and could likely wind up second in SEC history for a career.
The Chubbs have joined the elite when it comes to football families. Nick and Bradley are flourishing on teams with a chance to win their conferences. Both players could to write their names in their respective schools record books by seasons end. When people discuss the great football families in college football history, there is a new name to add with the Matthews, Watt, Holtz families. Thanks to Nick and Bradley’s success, the Chubb family has staked its claim as well.
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