The Real Change: 10 Athletes and Sports Figures We Need in American Politics

Adam Rosenfield@@adamrosenfieldContributor IMay 22, 2009

The Real Change: 10 Athletes and Sports Figures We Need in American Politics

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Actor Patrick Dempsey (L) and Kevin Johnson Mayor of Sacramento pose for a photo prior to the start of the Prologue of the AMGEN Tour of California on February 14, 2009 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Ge

10. Kurt Warner

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    PHOENIX - MARCH 28:  Brenda Warner and NFL player Kurt Warner arrive at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XV held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity

9. John McEnroe

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    LONDON - DECEMBER 04:  John McEnroe of United States celebrates winning a point in his match against Cedric Pioline of France during the BlackRock Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall on December 4, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Get

8. Shaquille O'Neal

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Shaquille O'Neal #32 of the Phoenix Suns dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, b

7. Mike Tyson

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Mike Tyson attends Sony Pictures Classics' screening of 'Tyson' at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

6. John Madden

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    TV commentator John Madden stands on the sidelines as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field, September 7, 2006. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins, 28-17.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

5. Mel Kiper Jr.

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and Keyshawn Johnson broadcast for ESPN during the 2007 NFL Draft on April 28, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

4. Heather Mitts

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    HOLLYWOOD - JULY 11:  Soccer player Heather Mitts arrives at the 2007 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 11, 2007 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

3. Billy Banks

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2. Charles Barkley

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 05:  TNT NBA analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley (L) and poker player and event co-host Annie Duke pose at the after party for the Ante Up for Africa celebrity poker tournament during the World Series of Poker at the Voodoo Loun

1. Amanda Beard

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    PALO ALTO, CA - JULY 12: Amanda Beard of the U.S. poses for a portrait during the U.S. Olympic Swim Team Media Day at Stanford University on July 12, 2008 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)