It is difficult to believe that any of these next five candidates would become president, but each and every one of them would get my vote.
They are leaders, they stay out of trouble and they encourage those who need encouragement. These athletes are exemplary role models, and they have a tremendous impact in the community.
Suggestions are always welcome, but here are the five athletes that I think could run for president and win.
Education: Purdue University, 1999: first recipient of Socrates Award recognizing the nation's finest athlete in terms of academics, athletics and community service.
Industrial management/manufacturing major; earned 4.0 grade-point average during spring 2000 semester; cumulative GPA was 3.42.
Community Service: Drew and his wife, Brittany, established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003.
Since then, they have contributed and/or committed over $7 million to help advance cancer research, care for cancer patients and help rebuild schools, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields in New Orleans, San Diego and Purdue/West Lafayette, IN communities.
Intangibles: Brees has the intensity, leadership skills, heart and character off the field to become president.
Education: He attended the College of William and Mary.
After getting his degree in sociology at William and Mary, Tomlin toyed with the idea of law school before accepting a job making $12,000 a year as a wide receivers coach at Virginia Military Institute.
Community Service: “Extra Mile Foundation.” A non-profit organization that gives urban kids the opportunity to attend a school where they learn in an atmosphere that is free from drugs and violence.
Intangibles: I would follow Mike Tomlin through the gates of Hell.
Coach Tomlin brings such a passion towards everything he does, and he's one of the best speakers that we have in the NFL.
Tomlin has the ability to motivate and lead like no other, which makes him a prime candidate for the presidency.
Education: Majored in Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida.
Nominated for the Florida Blue Key leadership honorary award, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Community Service: Tebow was chosen for the Disney Spirit Award given annually to college football’s most inspirational figure. During his three extended breaks from school and football, he went on mission trips to Croatia, Thailand and the Philippines.
In all, Tebow has spent countless hours doing community service projects, including visiting pediatric wings at various hospitals and several Florida prisons. He was recently honored with the University of Florida’s Office of Student Life’s Goodwill Gator Community Service Award.
Intangibles: Tim Tebow is the complete package. The guy is smart, hardworking and passionate about everyone and everything that he interacts with on a daily basis.
He has done so much for his community, and he already has one of the biggest fanbases for any one player in the country.
Education: Earned an Economics degree from Harvard University and scored a 49 on the Wonderlic test. He also had an SAT score of 1580
Community Service: Fitzpatrick helps with Brian Mooreman's PUNT Foundation. The foundation provides children affected by cancer with opportunities to support and enjoy life.
Intangibles: Fitzpatrick and his Economics degree from Harvard could help us out of our current financial trouble in the United States.
Fitzpatrick has become one of the NFL's most popular players as well as being its smartest.
Education: Bachelors Degree in Sociology from John Carroll University (Ohio).
Community Service: In 2003, he started London's Bridge to build a bridge to our future by addressing inequities facing children through education, leadership, teamwork, and recreation by providing college test preparation, campus tours, scholarships and a bike giveaways.
He is the Sports Ambassador for Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C. and a fixture at both NFL and team-sponsored community events, including PLAY 60, 4th & Life and Harvest Feast.
Intangibles: He has proven to be one of the most productive, consistent and durable players in the NFL, having never missed a game while leading the NFL in tackles over the last decade (2000-09).
Fletcher would bring that same intensity to the oval office. His leadership is unquestioned on and off the field, and he strives to be the best person he can be.