These former professional athletes didn’t “stick to sports.” Now they’ll be making laws.
Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican, won his election to represent Ohio’s 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gonzalez was the 32nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Gonzalez had a brief NFL career, cut short by knee injuries, but caught seven touchdowns from Peyton Manning across the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Colin Allred, a Democrat, won his election to represent Texas’s 32nd District. Another NFL alumnus, Allred played linebacker for the Tennessee Titans from 2007 to 2010.
And Sharice Davids, a Democrat, won her bid to serve Kansas’s 3rd District. She is a former MMA fighter who went pro in 2013 but only waged two fights before turning to law.
Davids is openly gay, and she and New Mexico’s Deb Haaland will be the first two Native American women to serve in Congress starting next term.