Sons of Down have pedigree
Four Down panel members have fathers who won All-Ireland senior medals during their own playing careers.
Daniel McCartan's father James (he's also the father of the current manager James) won All-Irelands in 1960-1961 on a Down team that's still regarded as one of the best in GAA history.
Kevin McKernan's father Brendan was corner-back in 1991 when Down beat Meath. It was a rather tough afternoon for McKernan against an in-form Bernard Flynn but Down's dramatic win more than compensated. That game also featured Ambrose Rodgers' father, the late Ambrose Snr, as a substitute, coming on for Peter Withnell.
The quartet of famous sons is completed by Aidan Carr, a current substitute, whose father Ross was the stylish right half-forward on the 1991 and '94 All-Ireland-winning teams. He managed Down for the three years previous to McCartan's arrival late last year.