Election Day 2010: Athletes who Made an Impact
On Election Day 2010, eight former professional athletes ran for different positions in the government.
Four of these sports figures have won their respective elections, while two former athletes are in races that are still too close to call.
Sadly, two former professional athletes could not convince voters that their leadership skills gained on the field or court would translate to a political office.
Here are some former professional athletes that appeared on ballots on Nov. 2, 2010, along with some political ads.
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What is worse? Losing an election or being dunked on?
Bradley played on the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks during his 12-year career in the NBA.
The 7'6" center was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.
The other loser this year is Republican Damon Dunn, who was running for California Secretary of State.
Dunn hardly got on the field in two seasons in the NFL. The wide receiver/kick returner played on the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
Too Close to Call: Dan Neil
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Former NFL player Dan Neil ran for office on the Texas State Legislature.
Currently, the race is too close to call.
Neil is a former Texas Longhorn and Denver Bronco. In eight seasons with the Broncos, the offensive lineman started 104 games.
Dan Neil put up a good fight, but it appears he will most likely lose.
Too Close to Call: Chris Dudley
Currently, Chris Dudley is holding a very thin lead in the election for the governor of Oregon.
Hopefully, this is not the reason why he may not win his election.
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Republican Mitch Lyons won a spot in the Michigan State University board of trustees.
Lyons spent seven seasons as a tight end in the NFL from 1993-1999. He played for the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former NFL player and Democrat Alan Page was re-elected to Minnesota's State Supreme Court yesterday.
In 1971, when playing with the Minnesota Vikings, he won the NFL MVP award as well as the Defensive Players of the Year award.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Page played 15 years in the NFL. The defensive tackle played on the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears during that time.
Page may be the greatest former professional athlete ever to be successful in politics.
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The Democrat is a former first-round draft pick made by the Washington Redskins.
Shuler also spent time with the New Orleans Saints, and he clearly had trouble not turning the ball over.
In 28 games played, he threw 33 interceptions and fumbled 13 times. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is 15-33.
Here is a funny attack ad on Shuler.
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Republican Jon Runyan, a former NFL offensive lineman, was elected to the House of Representatives in New Jersey.
Some opponents called him a dirty player, and Runyan is famous for going against Michael Strahan.
At one point during his campaign, Runyan was asked to name a Supreme Court decision from the last 10 years.
His response was the Dred Scott decision, which occurred in 1857! Here is a link to the video.