7 NFL Athletes with a Future in Politics

Mike StangerCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2012

7 NFL Athletes with a Future in Politics

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    Sports and politics go hand-in-hand.

    Richard Nixon once called a play for the Washington Redskins that resulted in a 13-yard loss—a harbinger of his political future.

    Many professional leagues have former athletes who have served in politics after their playing days ended. The NFL is no exception.

    Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent was a U.S. Representative for Oklahoma, and journeyman quarterback Heath Shuler is finishing out his career as U.S. Representative for North Carolina.

    Which current NFL players have public service in their future?

Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady has it all—good looks, three Super Bowl rings and a supermodel wife.

    Makes you want to hate the guy.

    All of those qualities make him a perfect political candidate.

    Furthermore, Brady has talked about running for office.

    With Gisele Bundchen at his side and a Massachusetts connection, Brady causes Bay Staters nostalgia over John and Jackie Kennedy and a return to Camelot.

    Unfortunately for Kennedy-philes in Massachusetts, Brady would probably run for office in California.

Ray Lewis

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    Ray Lewis would be perfect as U.S. Secretary of State.

    His type of diplomacy would bring peace to the world and capitulation from our enemies.

    Just give Lewis five minutes with Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    All Lewis would have to do is show Ahmadinejad that scowl and talk in his patented whisper voice:

    Be a man...give up the nukes...or I'll rupture your spleen.

    Right after Ahmadinejad soils himself, he'd order Iran's nuclear program to cease and decree that the entire country become Baltimore Ravens fans.

    Lewis will usurp Teddy Roosevelt's famous slogan "Walk softly and carry a big stick" and turn it into "Talk softly and snap spines with a big stick."

Plaxico Burress

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    Plaxico Burress definitely has a future as the head of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency.

    Enough said.

Eli Manning

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    When you look at Eli Manning and listen to him talk, "highly intelligent" isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

    However, he is a leader and a winner.

    Manning is reminiscent of former president Harry S. Truman.

    Just like Manning, Truman was underestimated by his critics and considered "simple."

    Yet Truman excelled and is considered one of the better presidents of the 20th century.

    Manning could definitely be the next Truman in any office that he wishes to hold.

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Sure, Ben Roethlisberger is a leader on the field, but it’s his off-the-field exploits that make him a good candidate for political office.

    Over the past few years, he has been accused of unseemly sexual misconduct.

    Although never formally charged with anything, the events have left a stain of his character and will forever overshadow his achievements.

    In that regard, he is similar to Bill Clinton. However, I guess that depends on what your definition of the word “is” is.

Sam Hurd

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    Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd has been indicted on federal drug conspiracy and possession charges.

    Although that ends his NFL playing career, it qualifies him to run for mayor of Washington D.C.

    After all, there is precedent here.

    After serving time for federal drug charges, Marion Berry was re-elected mayor of D.C. by the good folks of the district.

    Only in America!

Nnamdi Asomugha

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    On the other end of the spectrum from Hurd is Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Asomugha is one of the good guys in the NFL.

    He is involved in multiple charities and is chairman of the Asomugha Foundation, which runs two programs—Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN) and Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS).

    Perhaps one day, Asomugha will be Secretary General of the United Nations.