12 Pro Athletes Who Became Politicians


What does sports and politics have in common? Not much. But that doesn’t stop many pro athletes from transitioning from a life on the court/field to a life in government office. Here are just a few former pros who became big players in cities, states, and even Washington.

Jon Runyan – U.S. Congressman (2010 – present)

Athletic Career

Jon Runyan was an NFL offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. In October 2006, Runyan was ranked second on a list of the Dirtiest Players in the NFL. Runyan held the remarkable streak for an offensive lineman of having started 190 consecutive regular season games, the second longest streak among active NFL players in 2008. He retired in 2009.

Political Career

In November 2009, Runyan announced his congressional bid. In June, he won the Republican nomination. Runyan ended up winning the seat against Democratic incumbent John Adler for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district. In 2014, he announced that he would not seek re-election, after expressing frustration with his fellow Republicans over the government shutdown.

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