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2011 NFL Draft: Eagles Pick Greg Lloyd Jr., Son Of Former Steelers Star

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Greg Lloyd Jr., a UConn linebacker and the son of former Steelers star Greg Lloyd, in the seventh round on Saturday. Greg Lloyd Jr. recorded 91 tackles in 2009 but missed much of the 2010 season while trying to recover from a knee injury – he put on weight while injured and eventually lost his starting job.

Lloyd’s father was himself a late-round pick, going in the sixth round in 1987. But he played 10 seasons for the Steelers, racking up 707 tackles and 53.5 sacks. It’s unclear whether he’s celebrating his son’s accomplishment today, however, as there is tension between between Lloyd Sr. and the rest of his family:

She says it’s scary because Greg Lloyd’s father (above) was accused of sticking a gun in his son’s mouth in 2001. Two trials in 2004 ended in hung juries and a third was not pursued.

Scary because Rhonda Lloyd’s former husband was accused, and pleaded no contest in 2004, to simple battery for pointing a gun at his estranged wife’s head in 2002.

All the best to Greg Lloyd Jr. as he tries to make the Eagles, whenever the next football season starts.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.