An election year is upon us, and right now we have our two major party candidates in Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
So what does this have to do with football? Nothing. We know Obama is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, while Romney is a New England Patriots fan who despite his friendship with Jets owner Woody Johnson and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn't want Peyton Manning signing with the Dolphins or Jets because he wanted to "keep him away from New England."
In an unrelated story, Bears vs. Patriots just happens to be my preseason Super Bowl prediction.
However this story is about neither Romney nor Obama. They never played the game, they're just fans.
Instead I'll discuss some NFL players who made the jump from the world of football into the world of politics.
The NFL has produced many politicians on both sides of the aisle. Even the family members of NFL figures have gone on to become prominent politicians, such as former Virginia Governor George Allen, the son of former Rams and Redskins coach George Allen.
Even a former President had a chance at an NFL career. President Gerald Ford was a standout player at Michigan who played in the 1935 Collegiate All-Star game against the NFL Champion Chicago Bears. He would turn down contract offers from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions to go to Yale Law School.
Here's a look at the most prominent NFL players to make an impact in the sometimes much more physical (and always much dirtier) world of politics.