Wayne Davis made no secret where he wanted his son, Ben, to play college football.


Ben Davis, a five-star linebacker, signed with the Tide two weeks ago, just like his father, the Tide’s all-time leading tackler.

They are merely the latest, greatest legacy act in the SEC, which has become a family affair of fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins taking turns drawing headlines on Saturday afternoons.

Here are five of the most famous, most distinguished SEC football families:

The Mannings

Archie Manning set the bar, and set records at Ole Miss before becoming the second overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft.

Middle son Peyton surpassed Archie — and everybody else — not only becoming the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee but setting NFL career records for yards (71,940) and touchdown passes (539).

Younger brother Eli followed Archie to Ole Miss but put up numbers much more like Peyton. Like Peyton, Eli also was a No. 1 overall draft pick, by San Diego in 2004.

All three won an SEC Player of the Year Award, though it branched into Offensive Player of the Year in Eli’s case in 2003.

Combined, the Manning family threw for 26,073 yards and 201 touchdowns in the SEC.

The Baileys of Georgia

Ronald Bailey was the first to arrive in Athens. Younger brother Champ soon joined him. Rodney, whom everybody called Boss, was still in high school. Champ and Ronald were starting cornerbacks for the Bulldogs in 1997. Boss arrived in 1998, after Ronald graduated, and played on the same defense with Champ.

Champ lived up to his name. Some are still upset he didn’t win the 1998 Heisman after dominating the SEC in all three phases as a cornerback, receiver and returner.

Champ was the No. 7 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and became a 12-time Pro Bowler. He’s eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

Boss spent six seasons in the NFL before retiring in 2008.

The Taylors of Florida

Father Fred Taylor in 1997 ran for 1,275 yards, the fourth-highest total in Gators history. His 3,075 yards still rank fourth all-time on the Gators’ career list.

Fred Taylor also holds the Gators’ record for most rushing yards in a bowl game, running for 234 in the 1998 Citrus Bowl.

The relatively new Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Taylor with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, and he quickly became the face and force of the offense. He spent 13 years in the NFL, 11 in Jacksonville, and finished with 11,695 yards — most in Jaguars history, 16th in NFL history — and 66 rushing touchdowns.

His son, Kelvin, was one of the greatest high school running backs in Florida history and followed his father to Gainesville. Kelvin rushed for a career-best 1,035 yards as a junior this past season and has entered the NFL Draft.

“He’s very happy,” Kelvin Taylor told reporters about joining his father in the 1,000-yard club. “It means a whole lot. Every running back’s goal, one of the focus points they want to reach, is 1,000 yards. It will be something to talk about at the dinner table.”

The Matthewses of Texas A&M

If the Manning boys ever need protection, the Matthews are the family to call.

Father Bruce, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, didn’t play in the SEC, but he sent three sons to Texas A&M.

Kevin Matthews started the final 25 games of his career with the Aggies, though it was before they joined the SEC.

Jake Matthews, a tackle, was a first-round pick out in 2014 of Texas A&M, where he helped protect Johnny Manziel.

Younger brother Mike Matthews just finished a standout career at Texas A&M and is rated as one of the 10 best centers in this year’s NFL Draft.

They’re not done, either. “Little” brother Luke (6-4, 310) is just a high school sophomore and already has an offer from Texas A&M, among others.

The Joneses of LSU

The Mannings weren’t the first family of SEC quarterbacks.

Dub Jones has often been described as one of the greatest athletes the state of Louisiana has ever produced. Nola.com recently ranked him No. 37 — four spot ahead of Eli. He started his college career at LSU but joined the Navy during World War II and transferred to Tulane for training.

He became an All-American at Tulane, but his military duties delayed his pro football career. Once he arrived, he starred. In 1951, the Cleveland Browns running back scored six touchdowns in a game, tying the NFL record.

“As Dub Jones roamed in all directions for six touchdowns – the most stunning National League individual scoring performance in 22 years – the champion Cleveland Browns demolished and humiliated the pugnacious Chicago Bears, 42-21, yesterday at the stadium,” Harold Sauerbrei wrote, chronicling the game for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

“The best halfback in the National League, Paul Brown calls him, and that is what Jones was yesterday as he commuted between the end zones. He ran for four touchdowns and caught passes from Otto Graham for two others …”

Dub’s son, Bert, recently was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, the ninth LSU Tiger to receive such acclaim.

Nicknamed “The Ruston Rifle,” Jones finished fourth in the 1972 Heisman Trophy voting.

Like Archie Manning, Bert Jones also was a second overall pick in the NFL Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Colts in 1973. He replaced the iconic Johnny Unitas and was named league MVP in 1976.

Jones retired in 1982. Two years later, those Colts, of course, would famously load up the Mayflower moving trucks for a midnight run to Indianapolis, where in 1998 they drafted … Peyton Manning.